You constantly hear people sharing their dreams and passions and what they want to do before their time expires on Earth, but do any of them try and accomplish these things? Since my senior year in high school I started creating yearling bucket lists, but then I decided, why not make one for my entire life. It is exciting to sit down and write all your wishes down on a piece of paper. Even if it is just for a year (maybe its the year you’re graduations high school/college or your first year as a married couple) it is exciting to push yourself to new extremes and live your life to the fullest. I will share with you some of my dreams on my bucket list, maybe then you will get encouraged to create your own!!
Travel the world and see wildlife: I have always been that child growing up who said I would be a Marine Biologist, and it is still a passion of mine to this day. When my mother was in college she decided to take a leap of faith and go to Ecuador for a month to live and study in the jungle. Hearing stories about how she got to experience this whole other world made me want to walk in her footsteps. She always told me it was the best thing she ever did and would do it again if able. I am not the female who wants to travel to Paris or Rome, I want to travel to South America or Africa to see the wildlife. Last year I decided that I would take a month out of my life and volunteer at a wildlife reserve in Africa and fulfill my life long dream. Since then I have been saving up my money and counting down the days until I can actually go. (Fun Fact: I have a necklace with a diamond shaped country of Africa that I wear as determination to follow my dream)
Live in a different state: If you are around me on a daily basis, you will hear me express how I think I was born in the wrong state. Don’t get me wrong, I love Buffalo and would miss my chicken wings like crazy if I ever moved away, but being down south is where I feel at home. For the past 10 years or so, my family and I have been vacationing down in North Carolina. Being there I never wanted to come home, it was not only peaceful but everything I wanted in a home town. I love warmer weather (anyone who lives in Buffalo does) but I couldn’t imagine living in a state like Florida where the humidity can get so high you can’t leave the house. That is why I would love nothing more than to move to North Carolina. Even if it is for a year and then I move back home, at least I can check it off my bucket list! I am a southern belle at heart who would rather live on a ranch then in a loft in NYC.
Have a big family: With each side of my parent’s family, I get to experience a different family style. My mom’s side of the family is small with only one sister (who moved to Pennsylvania), who then only had one son. My cousin is 10 years older than me and lived in Texas basically my entire life, so I never saw much of my cousin or my aunt. At most gatherings on my mom side, there would only be five of us: My grandparents, mother, sister and myself. It was rather boring not having any play mates growing up. Now, on my dads side of the family he is the middle child of five. I have 10 girl cousins on my dad’s side all ranging in age but I am fifth oldest. Getting my entire family together is always a big party considering there is about 25 of us put together. Being that I had only girl cousins (besides the one male on my moms side) we were and still remain extremely close. That being said, I want to have a big family when I decide the time is right. I would love nothing more than to see my children grow up with their siblings and extended family and just be lavished in love.
Become a business woman: I have always been independent and kept myself busy with working. I love to feel like I worked hard to accomplish something. That is why when I am older I would love to continue on my work path and hold a stable and meaningful job. I am not the type of person who wants to stay at home, I like to know that I am working hard to support my family and myself.
Bucket lists are not only fun to make, but even more rewarding when you can actually check something off your list. Even if it is minor stuff like cliff diving, or learning a foreign language. Why not set some goals and achievements for yourself!!