Everyone has different tastes and preferences so each person’s bucket list will be unique. However, there are some ideas I believe everyone should have on their buckets lists because not only do these ideas promote personal growth, they also open your eyes to aspects of this world you may not have known.
1. Go ziplining
Often when I look at people’s bucket lists, I see sky diving, bungee jumping, and all the sorts of thrillers. I find ziplining to be an alternative thrill that provides more security as you are always attached to something stable and are not free-falling. For those afraid of great heights or generally like being grounded, I suggest going ziplining. It provides a beautiful view of nature (if you go in a forest) that you most often do not see. And the most fun part is just spreading your arms and feeling the air zip by.
2. Have a full day spa treatment
Everyone is busy in their own respective lives. Whether you are a student studying for your finals or a full-time worker who just can’t seem to get out of the office, everyone needs a “me day”. For some, this may be spending time with the people we love, for others it may be complete isolation and watching TV all day long. A full day spa treatment can really help everyone. The specialists know exactly which areas of the body to relieve tension from and give your body the treatment it needs.
3. Write a message in a bottle
I’m sure you have thought of this idea at least once in your lifetime. It could have been when you were very sad or very happy and you just wanted to tell the world. Write how you’re feeling or some secret you want to tell but don’t know who to. Write anything, even a happy message for the receiving person. Include your phone number or some contact information if you want to get to know the person. Put this in a bottle clear of any labels and chuck the bottle into the sea. Who knows, you may meet someone who will become an important part of your life. There are endless possibilities!
4. Spend a night in a castle
Ever wonder how the princesses and princes, the kings and the queens used to live? Spend a night in a castle and see for yourself the luxurious life they had. Go through the routines they planned. Try on armour (although I hear it is very heavy) and duel with your best friend. Wear the dresses they had to wear! Eat the food that was considered first class. Let your inner princess/prince come out and experience what once would be “the life”.
5. Watch a sunrise
I find this absolutely empowering. In the mere minutes before any hint of the sun even comes up, everything has a dark and gloomy touch to it. There is no life to be seen. Then slowly the sky begins to change colour, tinting everything first a dull orange, and then a bright golden. And you see, slowly all around everything comes to life. The sun paints colours across the earth. Everything looks fresh and renewed, and you truly feel what it feels to be alive. And in these beautiful moments, you are no longer a mere human among billions. You are powerful, and you can conquer the world.
6. Spend 3 days fully immersed in nature
By immersed in nature I do not mean camping. No, I mean just nature. Leave all human contact behind, the gadgets, the entertainment and just listen. Take the bare necessities with you and reduce life to the simplest. Experience what nature truly is. Listen closely to the stories nature tells you, to the animals, and to the way life moves. It will calm you and is a breather from the rush of everyday life. Mediate. Perhaps it’s in our blood that there is something just about it. It takes you back to where we came from, whether you think Adam or Eve or you believe in evolution, it all started from this.
7. Learn a new language
One of the most important way of communicating with others is through language. Speaking two or more languages not only makes communication easier with those who speak the language, but has many benefits as well. According to studies, those who are bi- or multilingual are more likely to have a later onset of dementia and other memory problems. As well, those who speak more than one language are more easily able to learn another language. Throw people off and learn a language that would be against the stereotype, or try learning sign language instead. If you’re excited and enthusiastic, learn 2 languages!
8. Travel to 5 countries that are not neighbours
Everyone wants to travel the world and see all there is to possibly see. However, this may be difficult as it requires quite a bit of money and time, which all may not have. I say 5 countries that are not neighbours as this will give a different taste of culture, environment, climate, and food! Neighbouring countries are usually very similar in these aspects, so choosing countries that are further away will give you different experiences, all wonderful in their own way. As well, an important part is the differences in culture. I believe it is important to see and experience the different cultures this world holds that we share. It will open your body, mind, and soul in ways you never knew were possible.
9. Meet a new person every single day for 50 consecutive days
These days, everyone is lost in social media, a world that claims to make people socialize yet only makes it harder to hold a deep, intellectual conversation with a stranger. The very nature of humans requires them to socialize and bond. By forcing yourself to talk to strangers, not only will you develop confidence and good communication skills, but you will also meet some very awesome people. Some of these may become lifelong friends, while others may open up opportunities that make your life better. Every single person holds something valuable, and you will never find out unless you try!
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