I have always thought about a bucket list, but never got around to actually writing one out. I have always been a promoter of positive intention and adamantly support writing out goals or making vision boards to make them more concrete and therefore easier to accomplish…so why postpone something as important and fun as a bucket list?
Just recently I learned of someone else’s bucket list and the importance of it to them. Via a friend, I was introduced to Ben, a very nice man who I just met briefly, who I knew little about. My friend later told me that Ben’s wife has been battling cancer for about a decade. She is currently cancer free, but the liklihood of it returning is very high. As a result they are not wasting any time in accomplishing the biggest, most important to her, item on her bucket list—to see Mount Rushmore. Their trip to Rushmore has been delayed and postponed several times over the years due to the cancer, but now they are finally making it happen.
I heard this story and it struck me as an amazing example of the power of dreams and goals. We have a set amount of time allotted to us in this lifetime. We have a set amount of days in which to live, experience, hope, love, etc. And not every day is a perfect day. Work, errands, responsibilities, finances, and sadly, illness, can get in the way of us living our days doing just what we want. We need goals to ensure that we pursue something and don’t waste our good days.
Ben is taking his wife to Mount Rushmore, to fulfill one of her bucket list desires, before her cancer returns. Meeting Ben briefly and then learning something that not everyone gets to hear about reminded me to make my own bucket list and work on it now. In addition, it showed me that everyone has a story to tell, has hopes and dreams. I feel grateful to Ben and his wife, though they don’t realize it, for what is to me an inspiring story. I may never see Ben again, but he and his wife helped me finally sit down and chart out my own bucket list, which can be viewed via the link above.
I encourage you, if you have not already done it, to write out your list and even include things that you have already accomplished. Then you see what you’ve done and where you want to go. So get started! You never know what curve ball life may throw your way; you just need to keep a smile and a dream to get through it and keep moving forward.
Thanks to Ben and his wife, I wish them all the happiness in the world. Yours is a touching story. Thanks for getting my butt in gear!