In life, we all have (or should have) a bucket list of things we’d love to accomplish. Some might be extreme, others impractical, or even way out of your budget. Either way, life is too short, and you’ll want to live it to the fullest and have fun while at it. So, in the words of Annette White “Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it”.
While bucket lists are dependent on our unique tastes, personalities and budget, here’s a list of things that might just be worth pursuing.
Visiting 100 Countries
For many, traveling the world is a dream. After all, who wouldn’t want to take some time out of the daily stresses of life to experience and enjoy different cultures and cuisines, meet different people, or even just relax and see life from a different perspective.
There are many reasons why you’d want to visit 100 countries in your lifetime. To begin with, you might want to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone, especially if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
Another reason to contemplate traveling is the opportunity to experience unfamiliar territories and learn new things. You’ll discover each destination offers something unique. The best part will be the memories you collect on the way. Just imagine the stories you’ll have to tell.
Having a Vacation home to Escape to Over the Summer
Just the thought of having a vacation home is thrilling. Who wouldn’t want to escape to the beach or to the secluded woods located in a serene and tranquil environment away from the city? You don’t always have to spend summer in the crowded city.
While it might probably seem impractical or financially impossible, it’s not. With the right guidance from a financial expert, a solid savings plan coupled with the right mindset, you can achieve this feat and become a vacation homeowner.
Making a Documentary or Movie About Your Pet Passion
This idea may not have crossed your mind. Perhaps you think it’s a preserve of renowned filmmakers or needs the backing of a well known studio for distribution. This isn’t true anymore. Anyone can make a documentary as long as you have a great story to tell, in-depth research to back it up and a narrative that hooks your viewers. There are infinite stories to tell, and if it’s a story you are passionate about, then no one other than you can say it better.
Also, you don’t have to attend a film school to begin. Start by learning everything you can about your subject, make a plan and create an outline of the various steps you’d need to cover like investing in the right equipment, coming up with a script etc. Try to seek mentorship from a veteran along the way. Once done, popular social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter can be used to share your documentary with the world.
So, get ahold of that camera and start shooting. Maybe your documentary on a unique local business in your area could make your town the next tourist attraction or your short film on sustainable living could lead to a movement or go viral on the web. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a big impact.
Starting a Side Venture Which Grows to Net You A Cool $10 Million
Ok – the $10 million is arbitrary. It could be much less or much more than that. Most people think that a side venture demands a lot of time, involves taking huge risks, or quitting your job. This isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, numerous business proprietors began their now burgeoning businesses as side ventures.
Here’s where all the skills you’ve learnt and experiences you’ve gained along the way come in handy. There’s no harm trying, even if you fail, which we hope you won’t, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you tried. And if it goes on to net you a cool $10 million? Well, you’ll be laughing your way to the bank, that’s for sure. Anything is possible, but you won’t know unless you try.
Visiting a New Restaurant Every Week
Ok – this one’s probably for foodies or those living in cities especially large cosmopolitan towns offering a slew of options to eat and drink. Restaurants are a good way of exploring different cuisines and understanding other cultures while having an incredible gastronomical adventure, which you’d be missing out on if you stick to a familiar cuisine and to your regular restaurants. The options are endlessly diverse. For example, not many people realize that China has 8 great culinary traditions each having its distinct style. Indian food with history dating back 5000 years has distinct flavors depending on northern versus southern style of cooking.
Writing a Book and Seeing It on A Bestseller List
If you have a way with words and have contemplated writing a book but gave up the idea because the whole process of getting it published seems laborious, think again. While writing a book takes a lot of skill, research, time commitment and dedication, it doesn’t require you to be a professional writer to get published. Thanks to the various online platforms available, you can write, publish, print and sell your own book and that too for free. Self-publishing also provides you complete control as an author instead of having to run after traditional publishing houses.
Flying on A Private Jet
Ok. This might seem too extravagant, but it’s actually practical in a lot of ways. For one, it’s more convenient than flying commercial, not to mention more luxurious, if you are looking to impress a potential client. Add to that the improved productivity, reducing downtime and saving valuable time especially for top executives and busy entrepreneurs. Imagine all the time saved by not having to stand in a long security line. You can just arrive a little bit before you fly and after a quick check in, board and off you go.
We only get to live once, so we must live to the fullest. If there are things you’ve always dreamt of doing, but think they’re too expensive or unfeasible, it’s time to change your mindset and take that first step.