bucket list

Ever thought about making your own bucket list?

In recent months, I’ve come across more and more articles about bucket lists and their advantages. Although bucket lists are often portrayed as a set of things you should do before you die, I like to think of them as a personal challenge and a way of bringing a sense of joy and accomplishment to life.

If you’re an introvert like me, you should definitely consider creating your own bucket list. Now, by no means does your list need to be extravagant, extreme or death defying. Rather, it should consist of things that challenge and push you out of your comfort zone. Simply put, your bucket list should be a means of setting personal goals and holding yourself accountable for their achievement.

In creating a bucket list, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your list should be fluid and ever-evolving, reflecting your various stages of life. Be willing to add, remove and re-organize at any time. Lists shouldn’t be conclusive— once you’ve accomplished one goal, consider a new one to take its place. And most importantly, don’t let bucket lists define the way you live life. Be open to whatever experiences come your way— it just might be a goal you never even thought of.

Here’s a look at some of the things on my bucket list.

Destination: Europe

For the experienced traveler, a voyage across Europe might seem like a less than exciting life goal, but for someone who’s had limited adventures outside of Canada, this is big. Mandatory pit stops include England, Greece and Italy, as well as a tour of the Eiffel Tower and the canal in Amsterdam. If you’ve visited Europe and have a favourite city or spot to visit, be sure to leave a note in the comments!

Travel the Holy Land: Jerusalem

Like many Christians, for me, Jerusalem has both historical and Biblical significance. Religion aside, this Middle Eastern city is also rich in history, culture and overall beauty. In my books, Jerusalem is a must to visit.

Cross-country trek across Canada

Contrary to popular belief, Canada is much more than wildlife, snow and Tim Horton’s. As one of the largest countries in the world by land mass, it’s home to beautiful scenery, cities and rich multiculturalism. While I hope to travel Europe and parts of the Middle East, I hope to also explore my own country and visit some of these recommended places.

Sky dive

Not Lady Gaga style, but an actual sky dive. This is an idea I’ve toyed with for a few years, but have never set my mind to— until now. I’ve started looked into this one and I must say, the required signing of a Liability Release and Waiver form is a slight deterrent. I might need a courageous partner for this one…

Learn to drive a manual car

This is something I’m hoping to be able to check off my list soon, as I’ve recently begun learning. Manual driving, I believe, is a dying skill, and something I’d like to learn while I still can. Unfortunately, this small feat is proving to be more difficult than I initially thought, so it may take a little longer than originally anticipated. I’m sticking with it though, so be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates on my progress!

Have my work published in a major publication

As much as my bucket list might evolve over the years, I’d be surprised if this item ever gets removed. Like any writer, the mere thought of having my work published in a major publication is enough to put a smile on my face. While for me, the ultimate publication is the New York Times, this goal is one that requires baby steps. For now, it’s all about pitching to online magazines and blogs, and building the A2A portfolio.

Go viral

Writing a viral post is far from easy (especially one that goes viral for the right reasons). While I’ve had posts like this one receive hundreds of views in a single day, that’s far from viral. Although there are common elements in all viral posts (hilarity, shock, originality, etc.), there’s really no magic ingredient— it’s just luck. I’m still hoping to hit the jackpot one of these days, so be sure to continue liking and sharing your favourite A2A posts!

Jump from a waterfall into water

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Why wouldn’t you want to jump from a waterfall into water?

Continue my education

As I shared in this post, I was once enrolled in a master’s program, which I dropped out of before the first day of class. Despite that setback, I’d love to one day get back on the horse, and continue my education. Having learned my lesson from last time, though, I think I’m going to give a bit more thought as to what it is I want to study.

These are just some of the things that I hope to do in my lifetime. As I said before, bucket lists should be reflective of your stage in life, so I expect that this list will change drastically in the next few years. Having said that, it’s never too early (or too late) to start your own bucket list!

But that’s just According to Adrienne.

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