A bucket list is comprised of the experiences one wants to have during their lifetime. It seems that many people hold on to their lists until they are older and have “more time.”
But I say why wait?
Ever since it opened in 1997, my list included a visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. O’Keeffe’s talent, productivity, and groundbreaking work as a female artist have inspired me and kept my attention for years. Every time I chose a vacation destination, though, I put off Santa Fe until I had more time.
Finally, just last month, my bags were packed, I had my plane and Museum tickets in hand, and I was ready to go (cue John Denver). On the way to the airport, however, I started randomly “panicking”- it seems my body was telling my mind there was some kind of danger and my mind bought it. I couldn’t get myself out of the car even though I was at the airport!
Many years ago I had a fear of flying that kept me grounded for awhile. But with some work I conquered that fear. It came back suddenly, apparently, and this time it was keeping me from an important experience on my bucket list.
I drove back home, calmed myself down, and rebooked a flight for the next day. As you can see from the above photo, I got on the plane that next day. And the Museum visit was as wonderful as I had imagined.
Moral of the story – don’t wait! Dust off that list of yours and go after your dreams, desires, wants and needs. No time like the present. And there is no predicting what might get in our way if we wait.
What’s first on your list? Do you have a plan in place to achieve it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
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