I wrote this post on my blog, Phenomenal Mama back in 2013. It bears reposting a million times:
Bucket lists have become very popular over the past decade. . .you know, creating a list of things you want to do or try before “kicking the bucket”, a rather colorful euphemism for dying. Most of the time the lists contain extravagant things like fly first class to Paris. Or death-defying things (how ironic) like jumping from an airplane. And pretty ordinary things like take a road trip to Grand Canyon.
Well, what about striving to do things in your every day life that will make it more meaningful? I mean the Eiffel Tower is amazing (I’ve been there!) but don’t spend so much of your life trying to check really big things off your list and miss out on doing some of the simple things that could mean even more:
Don’t Die Without. . . .
. . .loving yourself unconditionally
. . .forgiving yourself for every mistake
. . .forgiving someone else
. . .telling someone you love them
. . .expressing gratitude to God, your parents, your family, your friends, your dog and the mailman
. . .taking responsibility
. . . standing up for yourself and someone else
. . .making liars out of all the naysayers and critics
. . .having a friend who will erase all your emails and text messages when you’re gone
. . .learning to tell a really good joke that people will pass on
. . .running through water sprinklers fully clothed
. . .blowing bubbles for little children
. . .hearing how an older couple met and fell in love
. . .dancing wildly around your living room and singing your favorite song to the top of your lungs
. . .spending an entire day only doing what YOU want to do
. . .taking photographs to document your life for those who come after you
. . .watching at least one sunset and one sunrise
. . .hearing a church choir sing Christmas carols
. . .donating food and clothing to those less fortunate
. . .living and being as present as you can in each moment!
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