Yes, I have a bucket list. No, it’s not written out, it is stored in my brain and is revamped often. It has long term items, trivial items, and someday when I am a billionaire items. The other day I was able to cross two items off, one because I actually did it and the other because I decided I’d never be able to do it. I don’t feel like I have failed at something because I dropped it off my list, instead I feel happy that I was able to achieve an item on the list. Always look at the positive. Am I right?
I know, one day I will be able to run a half marathon, but I may never run a full. I may drop that one. It won’t matter, because I will be able to say I tried. And I know that dropping an item off the list may seem like giving up to some, but to me, it was done because I deliberated and decided it wasn’t the best decision for me. Bucket lists are good to have, no doubt, but I think every bucket should be able to be tipped to expel a little water and make room for some fresh ideas.
This applies to a lot of areas in life. My writing is a prime example. The little muse that dances in my brain on a daily basis, tosses out ideas all the time, in the shower, driving my car, trying to get a good night’s sleep, and I have no ability to ignore it. So what do I do? I grab my phone, my notebook, or a restaurant napkin and jot it all down. A lot of the time I will begin these stories only to discover that they aren’t there yet or decided that they never were. This is when I need to tip that bucket and release them back out into the wild. It took me a lot of years to be able to learn how to do that and be okay with it. I always felt guilt. I don’t need to do that anymore, because I know there are more ideas to come.
Today, look at your bucket. Pluck out an item and give it a go. Pluck out two, maybe you do one and put the other back, maybe you do both, or maybe you toss them both out and add a brand new one. What matters is that you did what was the right decision for you.