Are the bucket list items awaiting a cancer diagnosis, retirement in 15 years or the great-great-great grandkids to graduate from college before getting your attention? Our tendency is to push off the things we want to do awaiting the magic "someday" to show up on the calendar. We scroll through the Facebook and Instagram lives of others and think, "someday, that will be me". Determination and ingenuity can accomplish far more that you can imagine once you begin. My temptation has been to sabotage my ideas before they have a chance to take root and grow. I don't need anyone else to tell me it can't be done, I take care of that all on my own. Failing can be scary, but is the alternative really living? Taking a step to push against the internal resistance is the first step. We believe we mastered walking by two years old, but we were wrong. Everyday there is the same amount of effort required to strengthen our muscles and seek to steady ourselves for what we must accomplish. Break out the list and blow off the dust or begin anew and keep writing more and more items. The list can include all things great and small. Conversations with family, meeting someone new and yes, even the trip to Paris. Don't like Paris? Good, it's your life, your dreams, your desires and your list; it should be different. If you start planning for the big trip to whatever your Paris is, and the plan gets derailed the week before your flight, you will have gained far more than if you had wished for someday. The day is coming when the bucket will be kicked. What will spill out? High hopes, good intentions and an unblemished list or abundant memories with a dogeared, stained-up, worn-out half completed list? Someday has arrived; today is the day to be brave and start.
Where is your list? How many items are on the list? What scares you about pursuing the list? How does the internal resistance try to slow you down? Who must you ignore to pursue the items on your list? Who is your ally on your adventure? What is your most audacious item on the list? What is something you can do this weekend? What will you do this year?