“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Ghandi
I just bawled my eyes out watching About Time.
Before you leave or even judge me for crying watching some really crappy romantic drama, you have to hear me out. No everyone, judging people is NOT awesome. About Time is probably one of the best movies about life I’ve ever watched.
If you don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about, here’s the trailer to the movie.
Not bothered to watch it? Here’s a little snippet of it. :)
About Time is a British romantic dramedy film revolving around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future. At the age of 21, Tim Lake discovers he can travel in time. Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had this ability. He then goes on trying to change his fate in finding a girlfriend, changing her sister’s future and reversing the fact that his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
How many of us have tried to change our past to have a better future? I know I have. How many of us wishes we can go back in time because we regret what we’ve done? I know I have. And it’s human. We probably don’t want to admit that we have, in periods of vulnerability, wish we could turn back time, but I’m sure so many of us have.
The scene that really got me was when Tim’s father finally passed away after battling cancer for so many years and he couldn’t change that moment in time even though he could go back to it. His father on the other hand, blessed with the same ability as Tim, travelled back into time, not to stop the cancer from hitting him, but to spend more time with his children when they were younger and when they were growing up.
That got me crying like a baby.
Breaking it into the simplest terms, this is what life is all about. It’s about creating moments and memories, cherishing our relationships as it comes to us now and making the most out of the time we have today.
Before I go on, ask yourself this — “What if you were to die tomorrow? Are you ready for it?”
Ever since I became a Fitness Trainer, I am blessed to be able to do some really amazing things in my life and Pretty Awesome Fitness has allowed me to help others achieve something great in their life too. It doesn’t matter if they want to lose 50 pounds, or run a marathon or simply start living happier and more positively, I am thankful for this platform I’ve created to help spread this Pretty Awesome awareness.
While I am on a mission in helping all of you achieve something great in your life, I asked myself the same question I did to you earlier. “Am I ready for it?”
Truthfully? No. I don’t think anyone is and will ever be ready for death. But I know that I’m living everyday to my fullest that even if I were to die tomorrow, the things I do today will still matter. And I believe you should to.
That is why I’ve dedicated this post to my Bucket List — and ultimately help you in creating one.
Why you should have a Bucket List?
Having a Bucket List is great in creating goals and plans. Living without a goal or a plan simply means we’re just buried with day to day activities without a sense of direction. What have you done in the past 3 months that is helping you reach a little closer to your goals? What are your goals for the next 6 or 12 months? Where do you plan on visiting to expand your mind and step out of your comfort zone?
In fact, I challenge you to look at the things you’re doing today and the things you’re planning to do next — do they mean anything to you if you were to die today?
The good thing about Bucket Lists is that it encompasses your whole life. You don’t have to restrict it to just a certain time or part of life. You can throw in anything you want in there. Heck, you can even put in something you think is ridiculously hard to achieve but will be great if you did it.
The whole point is though is not to have a race against time or to have an aversion towards death. Our life on Earth is definitely not just limited to the number of physical years we have in this life. According to my favourite personal development guru Celes Chua, our physical lifespan is but a short speck of our existence in the universe — and she can’t say it any more beautifully.
The Bucket List is there for you to make the most out of your life, to do something albeit a little, every single day to achieve one or more of the things in your list, and to create moments and cherish the people around you. Because unlike Tim, we can never travel back in time again.
Let’s create your Bucket List
If you already have a Bucket List, let’s do a quick review and see if there is anything else you can add to it. If you don’t have a Bucket List, I suggest you make one. It cost nothing and depending on how deep into your thoughts you go, you can come up with one fairly quickly. If you’re lost and don’t know where to start, check out some of the sites I’ve linked below to gain some inspiration. While it’s great to use some of those ideas, make it special to you and your circumstances.
You can also read my Bucket List before you start off. Once you’re done with that, take out a piece of paper and a pen or open up your word processor, sit down and think about it.
As you go along, ask yourself some of these questions:
- What will you achieve if you have unlimited time, money and resources?
- Who do you want to meet in real life?
- Where is that one place you’ve always wanted to go if only you had the money?
- Who inspires you and what is that trait that attracts you to them?
- What are your lifelong goals in your social life, love life, career, health and fitness?
- Is there anything you want to witness in life?
- Do you have things to say to someone and who are they?
Of course, the questions do not stop there. Go crazy, you should be able to just write smoothly without stopping once you write your first point down. If you find yourself struggling, stop and come back another day.
Remember, nothing in this life is too hard or too easy to achieve. If you think it’s ridiculous to even do this exercise, by all means, don’t do it. But I strongly believe that having a list of some sort has helped me a lot in how I view my daily life and I’m sure many others feels the same too.
If you need more inspiration, check out the following links:
- My Bucket List
- 50 Things To Do Before You Die
- Celes Chua 101 Things To Do Before You Die
Don’t just throw your list out into your little old shoebox or store it into your hard drive! Here’s what we can do:
- Work on them. A plan is just a plan if you don’t work on it. You have to finish what you’ve started.
- Share it with your family and friends. Just like how I strongly urge my clients to announce their fitness goals to the people around them especially those close to them, this is no different.
- Constantly remind yourself of it. Print out your list, store it in your phone’s Memo or Notepad or Evernote. Pin it up on your noticeboard or at your desk. The more you face it, the higher your chances are in achieving them.
- Don’t get too caught up. Sometimes life happens when we’re busy planning. Don’t be too caught up with your plans that you forget moments. You never know when those unforeseen and unplanned moments are the ones that can help cross something off your list. Look closely. Life is indeed surprising. :)
- Constantly review your list. I do that every couple of weeks, sometimes even more frequently. I am on a mission to living life to the fullest, creating memories and helping people in as many ways as I can. As such, I am constantly adding things onto the list. Once you’ve achieved something, make sure you cross them out too. That way you’re on track all the time.
My Bucket List
While I’m trying to help people out as much as I can, there are some things that I would like to cross off my list. You can read my full Bucket List here but here are five out of the 68 things I’m trying to achieve.
- Finish a Triathlon
- Publish a physical book
- Volunteer overseas in a humanitarian project
- Live in a city with -10 degrees or colder winters
Some of these things are quite easy. Others are not. But they’re all achievable and I believe in them, that is why I have it on my list.
I want to hear at least 5 of the things on your list. Share it with me and the rest of the Pretty Awesomes in the comment section below. If you add your real email address (don’t worry, it’ll remain private and for my eyes only), I can even help you with it if I can!
Let’s have some fun and help each other out — we never know what the future holds.
I try to live everyday like it’s the final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life. You should to.
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