When I was 13, I first read about the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. Something about the mystique of ruins at the top of a mountain intrigued me. I instantly knew that someday I would travel to Peru and see them for myself. This is officially when my bucket list began. Since then, many items have been added to my bucket list. Some of them have been checked off and replaced, others are still waiting to be checked off. Machu Picchu is still on my list and is still number one.
Many of us who have actually written down our bucket lists know what it is like to truly cross an item off. One of the biggest issues some people face is the reality of the list. The honest truth is, NOTHING is impossible. There is no reason why we cannot check off each and every item. If you want to learn a new language, then there are so many different options for software or online schools where we can learn them. If you want to do a specific activity, then go and do it. If you want to travel to a specific place, or just want to travel, then just go. With so many things going on in our lives, it is easy to make an excuse to not do something. I don’t have the time, I don’t have the funds, I can’t get the time off from work, I have kids. The list is endless if you want it to be. Even I have made, and still do make, excuses for why I can’t do something.
My point is, stop coming up with excuses and just get out there and do it. I’m not one who has unlimited means to do what I want or go where I want. I am married, have two children, have elderly parents that I work for, have a full time day job (that I hate:) and other duties as a member of my community. But rather than allow all of those to keep me from reaching my goals and checking off those items on my list, I use them to motivate me. My wife, children, and family all want me to be happy and achieve my dreams. My job, that I hate, motivates me to do what I need to do in order to have my dream job. Earlier this year, I told my wife that I was going to go to Peru in June of 2016. I told her I was going to do anything and everything it took to make it happen. And if she didn’t like it, oh well. She actually said she was happy to hear me say this. Being as she was my wife when I passed the age of 25, which is when I originally said I would go. I start back to college in the Fall so that I may earn my degree, the better to support my family and go for my dreams.
So, in closing, put down all of those excuses and get out there. Reach for the stars, achieve those goals, and check off those items on that bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, make one.