Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson recently starred in the wonderful movie called "The Bucket List". Both having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, they set out to achieve some of the things on their list of 'things to do before I die!' It is a funny, sad and inspirational film with two great actors.
My friend Michelle, has today set herself a challenge to make up her list of '101 things' - her own 'bucket list'. Unlike the actors, she has decided not to wait until she is dying to work on her list, both writing it and also achieving it now while she is young and healthy.
It has made me think, that I to would like the challenge of finding the 101 things that I would like to achieve in this life. It sounds so easy, but as soon as you begin, you will find that you run out of ideas really quickly. My first five came easily, these were the ones on the top of my head. Dreams and wishes I have had for a while, then I stalled! Wow! I did not expect that. I thought about it and managed another five, so I have a list of 10, but now I am going to keep a notebook with me to record all the 'little and big' dreams and wishes that I have for my life.
I have realised that I cannot begin to achieve any of the things that I wish for, if I do not even know what they are and also if I don't focus and work towards them.
The first item on my list was: To go to University next year to study writing and poetry. When I first decided to try and attempt this, it was a 'sort-of-vague' thought, but it has taken root in my soul and I really want this. It is one of those things that I would never have imagined that I would ever want to do and yet here it is top of my list.
I am keeping all my goals really personal, not focusing on things that I want my children or family to have or achieve, but goals and dreams that are purely my own. That may sound a little selfish, but I think just the idea that we can wish and dream for things just for ourselves, is a powerful thought. It is neither selfish or self-indulgent, but rather a way that we can be fulfilled and serve our true purpose in the life that we have been given.
Why not join the challenge and make out your list? It may not have 101 things on it, but imagine how exciting it will be to dream and plan and then achieve your goals.