This blog is a little off topic from my usual posts, but something that has been on my mind very much lately, and I thought I would share it because it may (hopefully) inspire you. I’m 32, I don’t consider myself old, but I don’t consider myself young either. At this stage in my life, I’m not really thinking about “kicking the bucket” (that’s where the name “Bucket List” comes from), but I am starting to wonder if I’ll ever accomplish my goals and dreams.
The first thing to consider when creating a bucket list is discerning between a goal and a dream. A goal is something attainable through hard work, perseverance, dedication, and focus. A goal is “SMART” – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound. A goal has reasonable grounds with pragmatic steps. A dream, on the other hand, falls into the “I wish” category. It’s something we would love the opportunity to have/do, but the likelihood or reasonability doesn’t exist. For example: A goal could be to save money to go on a Caribbean vacation. A dream would be to own your personal island. (I suppose for some people out there, this is realistic, but for most of us, not so much.)
Here’s my Bucket List. I have compiled a mix of my goals and dreams, because why not. I haven’t included anything I’ve already accomplished, because those have already been scratched off the list. I’m hoping by sharing this list with you, you could gain a better insight into who I am and who I would like to be.
- Own my own home
- Own a brick-and-mortar store for our products
- Travel to Europe (I’ve been to Russia and South Korea, would love to see more)
- Retire on a rescue-ranch to save abused and abandoned animals
- Pay off my student loans
- Become an assistant principal
- Have our business be so successful that we need to take it over full-time
- Learn how to change a flat tire
- Become a PhotoShop master
- Publish a novel
- Run a full 5K in under 30 minutes
Have you thought about what you want or what you would wish for? It’s important for your future and well-being to visualize yourself completing and accomplishing your goals. You have it in you to do anything you truly want to do; just ask yourself if it really is what you want.