I loved the New Year. It’s definitely my favorite day. I like even more than my birthday. I feel a positive energy that drives me to start over. And I know I’m not alone, it seems that everyone is also seeking a certain amount of renovation. Needless to say, I do all possible sympathies and never forget to write the next year’s resolutions.
But I have to confess something. Although I adore this time of year, I could never put my goals into practice. I believe that for many years my resolutions were about the same. Normally, when Carnival arrived, I was discouraged and decided that I would let “those big changes” for the following year. So last year I decided to do something different. After so many years of failure was time to change the strategy. And to my surprise I was more successful than imagined.
After a friend showed me an article about the importance of having a Bucket List, that means putting on paper what you want to do before you die, I decided I would write only things I really feel happy to tick off and not something that I would always postpone to the next month. I realized that my previous lists didn’t reflect what I wanted. Probably anyone could adopt those goals because most of them were pure common sense. It may seem very simple, but it made me think about how easily we let our dreams aside to pursue what “everyone” is seeking. It’s really difficult to escape the standards.
So last year I dedicated some time to write my Bucket List. I wrote exactly what came to my mind, not stopping to think. I avoided judge, because it’d end up boycotting my desires. And I want keep them no matter how stupid they might seem. The result was a list that I’m very pride of and with which I identify a lot. Surely it isn’t for anyone.
It was also an important time to think about what I had done and what needed to be registered as an achievement. At that time, my old lists’ things were being replaced by “making a snowman,” “give yoga classes” and “dive in the Caribbean,” things I’m really proud of having done.
Probably aim for conquer your Bucket List won’t help you to lose weight, to buy a car or any other common sense goal that we are used to see around. But I believe you will have a much more pleasurable year and will be able to accomplish what you write on the paper much more quickly. No matter the size of your Bucket List, which really worth it’s to find out what are our real goals in life. Believe me, it will be a powerful way to remind you to do things that will yield you important stories to tell. And even if you’re reading this text in the middle of the year, that’s no excuse. Every day can be the beginning of a new year!
If you need inspiration for your Bucket List, you will find here: www.bucketlist.org
I dedicate this text to my friend Nina Souza who encouraged me to write my Bucket List.
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