In life, no one gets a redo button. We live with the choices we make and sometimes we amble by living on the path paved for us by our parents. Here’s how a lot of people live their lives:
We are born
We go to school
We go to school some more…
We get a job
We pay taxes
We buy cool stuff
We do some fun old people stuff
And that’s the assembly line. For a lot of reasons, that set up doesn’t jam well with me. I read a meme that delivers my stance really well on this issue in a humorous way:
“I hate how you’re born out of nowhere, forced to go to school then get a job and work endless hours like this isn’t fair what if I wanted to be a duck.”
This is a traditional path that a lot of people can relate to. The formula, broken down in the most simplistic way is you are born, FORCED to go to school, get a job and work until you die. Like the meme says: It isn’t fair. Whoever wrote that meme used being a duck as an example and although it sounds silly, it’s a really good example. Ducks can choose to go about their day however they want. If they want to swim in a pond all day, they can. If they want to bask in the sun, they can.
If YOU want to swim in a pond all day, you can. If YOU want to bask in the sun all day, you can. You probably won’t want to spend your life like that, but the point is, you have the option to.
Your life is whatever you want it to be. Just because there is a conventionally orthodox standard method to how you should live your life, doesn’t mean you MUST live your life that way. Essentially you should be doing what you love. No matter what you do with your life, no matter how wealthy you become, no matter how many fancy expensive things you accumulate in your home, you will end up in the same hole six feet under as the richest, most successful person in the world. Be humble.
Having said that, no matter what path you choose, make sure you are able to do things you want to do. If you choose that traditional path to make money and pay the bills, that’s okay. Do whatever you think suits you and your lifestyle the best. Just remember to actually live your life for YOUR enjoyment and not just the enjoyment of your friends, family, boss, or the government. Live a life where you can arrive at your grave with no regrets.
Before I move on to listing off the things I have in mind for my own life, I hope to inspire you with some sincerely motivating quotes about life:
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow, what a ride!” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Right now, I am 21 years old. I haven’t lived half my life yet (*fingers crossed*) and already have so many plans, dreams, aspirations and goals set for myself. I chose to study Journalism because writing is a passion of mine. I aimed to incorporate my career by doing something that I love which is what I encourage everyone to do. But, I do still have a lot of visions and things to check off my to-do list that don’t involve my writing career.
Here is my bucket list of things I hope to accomplish before I die:
- Travel through Europe
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Bungee Jump off the Bridge to Nowhere
- Learn another language (Spanish, Italian, French, Sign)
- Read as many books as I possibly can
- Attend all the major music festivals at least once (Coachella, Bonaroo, EDC, Outside Lands, etc.)
- Attend a Chuck Palahniuk conference while he is on tour
- Attend the Oscar’s and Grammy’s
- Own a Golden Retriever and German Shepherd
- Own a boat
- Open a pole studio
- Continue my contortions even when I’m old J
- Take a road trip around the country (U.S.)
- Eat food from as many cultures as I can
- Ride in a private jet
- Learn to play an instrument
- Make a scrapbook of the best moments of my life
- Become involved in community service of some sort
- Live in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Portland (or wherever else my journey may take me)
So there you have it. A list of 20 things I hope to accomplish before I leave this Earth. This list will grow as I age, but for now, I feel like this is a pretty extensive list of goals I have set out for myself. These are all things I feel will help me become a well-rounded person and allow me to live my life to the fullest where I can be content with my choices by the time I need to leave these grounds. Of course, making time for my Journalism career goals will also have to be incorporated… so I’ll be pretty busy for the rest of my life. J
Through motivation, perseverance, ambition and drive anyone can accomplish anything on their bucket list.
So what’s on yours?