At the beginning of the month, I turned the wise age of twenty-six. It’s really nothing special, twenty-six. It feels a lot like twenty-five. I recently realized how much older twenty-seven sounds though! I am not getting any younger. So I decided I needed a specific bucket list for the next four years. Below you will find thirty things I want to do before I hit that big 3-0. Some of these should be easy, some will take time. Some are serious, some are super silly. But they all mean something to me. It all goes back to self-discipline, which is something I think and write about a lot.
We should take the time to plan and save for the things we want to do and accomplish. Stop thinking and start doing.
I really need to start taking my own advice…. Let’s do this.
30 by 30, in no particular order:
Get a tattoo
Pay off my credit card
Have consistent revenue as a blogger and freelancer
As a blogger you quickly become a list maker…if you weren’t already one. I’ve always been a collector, a compiler, a gatherer.
Today I’ve created a list of bucket lists. Yes, that’s right. A list of lists.
Everyone has that never-ending to-do list of things they want to try, places they want to go, things they want to learn. And now I dare you to rally those ideas and thoughts. Corral the to-dos and to-don’ts. Lay it all on the table. And make your list(s).
Becoming ultimate is about doing. It’s about giving, learning, growing, and just plain living. Take hold of opportunities and run with them. Clench your fists and say yes to a challenge! I recommend the “Life Bucket List” to all. The “big list,” the “ultimate list.” This includes everything, but particularly your long term goals.
The rest of the lists include short term, very achievable goals. Perhaps one you can accomplish this week, or today! The short term items will act as stepping stones or benchmarks to your long term items. If you achieve everything on your “this month” list think of how much progress you’re making on the big list!
Of course, if you’re anything like me this list will keep growing as you experience new things. But you’ll only become that much more interesting.
Below are some possible list making tools and bucket list examples:
For the digital note taker, evernote.com – or any standard note app.
Make your list and try to check one thing off by the end of the week! It can be simple! But make it about something YOU want to do. We’re not talking about chores or errands! Do something for yourself.
I’ve decided to publish my book collection! Though I am especially proud of my tangible collection…there is something about that raw touch and smell of a book, a novel, the bound pages of a story…I have also included my e-books, audio books and hopeful acquisitions of the future.
The problem with my collection is that I have yet to read all of the books! Any books I have read in the last six years (post high school) I have put in bold, the rest are on my to-read list. As I feel like a fraud for owning such a rich collection of books without having read (or remembering) many of them, I am now considering this my Literary Bucket List.
*Read in school, but want to read again as an adult.
¹ I started reading the book and didn’t finish…but want to!
Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Animal Farm by George Orwell*
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)
Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
Cut by Patricia McCormick*
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Giver by Lois Lowry*
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Hamlet by Shakespeare
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**
I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner
In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*
What a week. It has been a very difficult time, but we cannot lose hope! Remember to do the things that make you happy or make you feel at peace. I understand there are certain issues, especially right now, that won’t go away overnight, but you must think of your present self. Soothe every part of your being; mentally, physically, spiritually and socially . Here are a few things I like to do to keep myself sane: