Back in May of 2014, I wrote a Bucket List for my life. It’s been really interesting seeing what I’ve achieved so far, and of course, what I haven’t. Whilst some things have definitely changed and now seem far away (ahem…marriage and kids), I have time to work on those aspects in the future, and my priorities aren’t what they once were. In fact, I’m actually at the point where I realise that to live my life fully, I just need to let it happen.
Looking back at this really made me smile because of how much I’ve achieved in just over two years. I’ve admittedly messed up a fair bit since then, but I’m not doing everything wrong.
I’ve been to Disney at Halloween, I’ve experienced Tokyo by myself, and I now have not only visited Australia, but I live here, too – which ticks two items off! I have still yet to go to every US state, but I have managed to see a few more from the list. I’ve been published in a national newspaper online – as well as loads of other exciting places career wise – and whilst it’s been on a bit of a hiatus, I did indeed get this blog up and running. I even had a few articles go viral and get shared by respected bands, artists and models! I’ve been to a few Michelin Star restaurants now, and several amazing festivals around the world as well. Finally, I spent over a year of my life dedicated to Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group, which allowed me to support survivors of sexual assault and gender based violence. I also volunteered for six months with a Soup Kitchen; because I wanted to help as many people as possible. This was a really important one for me, because I feel that it’s so important to give back to something you feel passionate about. It’s also very cleansing.
Where have I gone wrong? Well, that list is endless, but let’s stick to the Bucket List in question! I may not be flexible anymore and I still can’t play the guitar, but I did start Zumba and I learned ‘The Cups Song’, so things can’t be that bad. I’ve also done some things I couldn’t post on Instagram that were on a rather more personal Bucket List…!
A Bucket List helps give us focus and direction – it’s literally a list of things to attempt so you don’t have regrets once it’s too late. I go through waves of thinking that my existence is pointless, and then thinking that I do too much and that I need to slow down – I perceive myself as being at one extreme of the spectrum or the other. However, in looking at this, I’m pretty much on track. I’m just trying to be as well-rounded, balanced, and (dare I say), interesting as possible. After all, if you want to be something, you should try. My philosophy is that if you don’t like something, change it. There’s usually a way.
I appreciate that I have been blessed and that I do have a privilege that many have not been afforded. But we can all make effort to achieve small personal goals, no matter the obstacles. If nothing else, it’s a learning curve!
So, What’s Next?
If I had to make a new Bucket List, its core principle would surround itself on happiness. I was asked in a job interview last year about my 5-year life plan, and I answered honestly by saying that I simply wanted to be happy. However, in order to achieve that, I’ll share some manageable targets:
- To visit 30 countries by 30.
- To travel Asia more.
- To visit an African nation.
- To see more of Europe.
- To get a second Visa, either in New Zealand or Canada.
- To buy a house before 35.
- To write a novel.
- To get back into performing music.
- To experience a career change – either in teaching or the music industry.
- To get paid travel writing work.
- To have a successful freelance career.
That will do for now; but my hopes and dreams always evolve. What’s on your Bucket List?