Today we’re going to be looking at Bucket Lists. Oh, good, you brought yours! I’m so relieved. And you wrote it on a bucket—how quirky of you! Here, let me just take a look at it. No, you’ll have to let go—please, I just--
Oh, I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to break it. Here, I’ve got some duct tape; I’ll tape it up.
I hate to point this out, but there’s nothing written on your bucket. I mean, you did decorate the title very beautifully—that’s literally the most beautiful title I’ve ever seen: it defies all the laws of physics, and I’ve never even seen that color…but you don’t have any things written down after that.
Like what? Oh, like places you want to travel, food you want to eat, skills you want to learn, hobbies you want to take up, that sort of thing. You haven’t really thought about it, have you? Fellow Traveler! (You don’t mind if I call you FT for short, do you?) Come on, FT!
Having goals is really super important, FT, and it’s not like you’re writing this list in blood. Even if you want to, you really shouldn’t, FT. Maybe you really want to see Stonehenge now, but then five years later decide that rocks are stupid. You can take it off your bucket list. A bucket list is alive—it’s aliiiiive (said in my spookiest voice of course).
Can I give you some pieces of advice? First, I think you should really, really have a bucket list. Even if it’s only “The Only Thing I Ever Want to Do, Ever, and I Never Want to Do Anything Else, I Swear.” Second, if you don’t know where to start, places you want to visit & see are great ones to start with. Third, seeing pictures and reading books are great and all, but they can’t compare to actual experiences. Let’s test out my theory on zebras.
Here is a picture of zebras:
What do you see? I see a black & white striped horse-ish looking thing that I’ve had a stuffed animal of. It’s not very remarkable, we all know what Zebras look like (except for Steve, but that’s not Steve’s fault).
Now let’s compare the picture of a zebra to seeing a zebra in real life. Everybody to the safari!!
No, you’re right, that’s unreasonable. A more reasonable solution would be me describing my experience of seeing a zebra up close in real life at Disney World.
In a picture you never get scale. If you’re lucky, you get approximate scale, but you don’t really have a good understanding of the zebra’s scale until you actually see it in real life. You also don’t get texture. You know a zebra has fur, but seeing it up close allows you to realize, “Holy crap, that’s coarse!” Also, zebras look an awful lot like donkeys. That thought never would have occurred to me unless I had seen live zebras.
If I learned that much from seeing zebras in real life (and believe it or not, I don’t even care about zebras that much, I’m more of a giraffe person), think how much you and I will learn from seeing things we actually care about in person. Like the Northern Lights:
What’s the scale on those? What kind of texture do the Northern Lights have? Do the Northern Lights look like donkeys up close? I won’t know these answers—and neither will you—until we actually see the lights in person. And I desperately want to find out the answers to those questions.
Here, you can take your broken (again, sorry!) bucket list back, or you can download a premade one I lovingly designed to help you craft your own non-ripped one (which will be up in the next few days). We should hang out again soon, and I’d love to see the progress you’ve made on your bucket list. (No seriously—you can email me your list! I’d love to learn what you’re interested in seeing & doing!)
Now get out there and go!