Hmmmm.....so no new takers on the bucket list thread, eh?
I've been giving this topic a great deal of thought lately (*warning: serious cat has entered the room*)
So, what is
a bucket list?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.....
Woah. That's deep....it really is when you think about it long enough, ya know?
So, when I reflect back on the various lists (and goals) I've made over the years...I am now particularly interested in the answers to questions like....
- why did I feel that this or that particular goal (i.e. bucket list item) was important to achieve?
- when I achieved it, did the result live up to the expectation? was it satisfying? did I feel any different? did it spark new goals & ideas? was it worth the effort?
Lately, I've been thinking that the more I (or one in general) focuses on future goals or things that will happen in the future generally, the less I focus on & appreciate what is happening at this moment. This idea of living a la "be here now" is nothing new of course, but I've been seeing & feeling its importance more & more as time goes on.
I suppose I have the luxury of being in a somewhat "settled place" for some time now, since many of my earlier life goals including educational, travel, personal aspirations, and so on have been achieved. I think that going forward, I hope to be less occupied with the future...but focusing on enjoying the present moment as best I can.