The importance of a bucket list is quite simple in my eyes. Physically writing down your thoughts gives you the accountability to actually become the go-getter your mind wants you to be. You see progress. You see accomplishments being made and the fulfillment of that is the real deal. Now, just as dreams and goals change, so do bucket list endeavors. Therefore, if you don't cross everything off your list, that's A.O.K. Things change and we all need to learn how to accept them. However, don't use change as an excuse of "I can't" thinking. Anything's possible if you set your damn mind up to do it. What even is this idea of impossible? It's a myth folks.
I remember writing a bucket list of 100 things in 8th with my best gal pal, Nicole Vanderwyst. We wrote this list with much enthusiasm and although some of the things we wrote were a bit out of the box (walking through a car wash, growing a peach tree in our front yard, eat an entire pizza, staying best friends forever) we still thought all 100 items on our list were possible and heck, I wouldn't mind doing any of those things to this day. Dream big or don't dream at all is how I see it.
When MySpace was "in" and your profile was EVERYTHING and more, I used mine as a form of a vision board. As I look back, I remember putting two pictures in my "about me" one of New York City and one of Las Vegas, Nevada. I put these destinations on my page and stated that one day I would call one of these places home. I had never been to either of them at the time but something appealed me to them. Now, 10 years later I look back and say "shit Alexa you live in Las Vegas, Nevada and it's all because of your MySpace." Kiddin but it's awesome to see I made something like that a reality. Something as small as a MySpace about me. Some goals don't change, even when you stop thinking about them from time to time.
I like to think I am an adventurer and a dreamer. Making a bucket list gives you a sense of yourself and an idea of the direction you want your life to go in. Let it be an eye opening experience and remember that energy flows where attention goes.
BEFORE I DIE I WANT TO...
- Take a picture in front of every state sign, that's lots and lots of driving but I am up for the challenge. (if only I thought of this idea on my cross country trip from Ohio to Nevada four years ago... or my 18 hour drive up to Oregon last summer) Currently 6 down 44 to go.
- Europe trip. Anywhere and everywhere. (London, Italy, Greece, Germany, and more more more)
- Go to a real life safari a.k.a. Africa (this includes riding elephants and maybe get the chance to cuddle with a lion or a tiger?)
- Write a book and publish that sucker (New York Times Bestseller on a self published book?)
- Aspire to inspire all walks of life
- Hike the Stairway to Heaven (talk about one of the most epic "livin' the dream..." pictures)
- Become some form of a motivational speaker (I like to talk, might as well use it to my advantage)
- Bungee off some high bridges
- Zip line through some sort of jungle or any other magical place
- Jump out of some planes (skydiving of course)
- Own a dog farm. By this, I just mean I want a little barn in my backyard where all my pups can run wild and free. (lots of goldens, labs, and other cute and fluffy four legged bundles of joy)
- Stay fit and healthy
- Snowboard some Colorado and Utah mountains
- Camp in the mountains where you feel like you can physically grab a handful of stars out of the sky
- Figure out what this so called dream job of mine is (or let it fall into my lap one day)
- Own a home that looks like Chip and Joanna Gaines "fixer uppered" it (HGTV is life and I am not afraid to admit it)
- Follow in the footsteps of my Uncle Gus and grandpa and go to every major league baseball field (gotta give dad all the baseball views)
- Build an empire of livin' the dream seekers
- See a concert of a lifetime at Red Rocks in Colorado (wouldn't mind this being Mumford and Sons for the third time)
- Go to a RiSE Festival
This is just pieces of my never ending bucket list. Some are bigger aspirations than others, some may be harder to obtain, others are more dangerous, but they all can be done. Don't be complacent. Don't live an average shmo life. Be the go-getter, bucket list writing, victory dancing, dream catching fool you're little kid self always wanted to be. Don't let the little kid in you be disappointed in the adult in you. Speak what you seek until you see what you've said.
Before you die... what do you want to do?