I recently came across this blog post from Zen Habits about the “Anti-Bucket list” and it has been on my mind since then. I am sure most of us have written a bucket list at some point in our lives – that list that has lofty goals of travel, excitement, and out-of-reach ideas of what adventure should be. But as the author writes in this article, it can turn into a burden and something to feel guilty about if not accomplished, another to-do to add to our busy lives. I think it goes beyond just the bucket list and how we have tend to look outside of ourselves to make a meaningful life, like buying materials things, a big house, or a meditation retreat promises a breakthrough.
“The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don’t have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life.”
Remembering that we do have the ability to create a meaningful life right here and now (without having to Instagram yourself on the top of a mountain) is pretty powerful. I know that still wanting to care for gorillas in Africa à la Jane Goodall will always be written down in my journal, but staying present to what we have in this moment can make for the most meaningful experiences. And that is definitely something I needed to be reminded of in a world of to-dos, wants, and shoulds. What would be on your anti-bucket list?
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