food for thought.

I read something really interesting on facebook just now, so I thought that I would share it with you guys and see what you think about it.

Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfill the promise they showed in childhood. Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become. Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfill whatever dreams are within our capability.

Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide.

today’s challenge-1

The challenge that I am giving to myself for today is to find someone who looks like they need help. To be a friend if they need a friend, and to just sit there and listen to whatever they have to say.

just on my mind

So here’s just what’s on my mind today. Today I am thinking about goodbyes. My life is constantly filled with goodbyes..from the very moment I was born. I’ve been saying goodbye to so many people my whole life. Goodbye to my father when I was just little. Goodbye to my grandfather who was practically my father. Goodbye to my friends in highschool. Goodbye to my co-workers from the best job ever to come to my current job. Goodbye to my family on a regular basis because I rarely get to see them, and when I do it is only for a short amount of time, and then I leave again to come back to this place. Goodbye to my fiance’ who I am not with right now, but will be able to see again in just a little under a week when we get married because I have a three day weekend. YAY! Goodbye to everyone and everything I’ve ever known. Now, I know that this blog is supposed to be strictly for my bucket list, but perhaps, someone is out there who is reading this. Perhaps one day I’ll write something on here that will truly affect someone else out there in the world. You know, you think that goodbyes would get easier after the first, second, heck, even tenth one. That is the funny thing though, they never do. It seems to me that they always get just a little bit harder. So the goodbyes never get easier. You just get to a point where you accept them, and you move forward, because that is all you can do until you get those precious moments again with your family, friends, and loved ones. Any opinions?

everything has a meaning

Alright, so I told you all that I would go into further detail about my reasonings for my choices on my bucket list, so here they are, in sequential order.

1.(Be in two places at once) I’ve always thought that it would be an amazing feat to be in two places at once, or even to be two different people. I know it’s a little lame, and definitely from a scene in A Walk to Remember, but I still can’t shake the fact that they found a way to actually be in two different places at once! Call me cliche’ but, I love that.

2. (Dance at the Super Bowl) This comes from my deep passion of dancing. Ever since I was a little kid I was always doing one of two things…singing, or dancing. I proceeded to grow up to teach 3 dance classes, and attend 10 at the same time. I always had dreams of being in the American Ballet Company, but their requirement were always far more than I think I am capable of. I still haven’t given up that dream, so maybe one day. But for now, I will go with dancing in front of millions of people, right smack dab in the middle of the field at the Super Bowl!

3. (Do the Polar Plunge) This one might just come from sheer craziness. In fact, it indeed comes from sheer craziness, I mean, who the heck wants to go running straight into the freezing water at their own free will? I do! So by God I’m gonna do it.

4. (watch the ball drop in N.Y.C) Well you’re just un-American if you don’t want to go see one of the most amazing things ever. Bringing the new year in with thousands of people, celebrating together. Who would want to miss that?

5. (Witness a miracle) We all need to believe in something, right? No matter what you believe in witnessing a miracle would be, well, miraculous. Whether it give you hope, faith, or just bring you closer together with someone. It could truly be a site to withhold.

6. (Parasail) I am deathly afraid of heights, so I actually might be able to knock two things off of my list if I actually get the nerve to get up there and do it. I feel like experiencing that would be one of the most amazing things ever. To feel so free, and to get the birds-eye view of the world (or a short bit of it at least)

7. (try out for the voice)  A re-cap on #2 when I said I sang and dance when I was little. I was ranked 5th out of my whole state when I was still in highschool. I’ve always wanted to do something with my voice, but I’ve never been gutsy enough to actually go do something about it. So maybe this could be my big break.

8. (Befriend someone I don’t like) Well, I think that we all need to get rid of the hate in our hearts. I’m not saying that it could happen over night, but I believe with time you could actually grow to love someone you had previously dis-liked. Everyone has their own story, and you won’t know it until you actually get in there and talk to them. So make today the day that you learn someone’s story.

9. (help out a stranger) This could also tie in to the one selfless thing a day thing, but I thoroughly believe in Karma, and the fact that you should “pay it forward”.  If there comes a time in my life when someone needs my help, just right off of the street, i’ll do my best to help them.

10. (start and finish the 100 day challenge) It’s a photo challenge that I’ve started a million times, and quit a million and one. You post a different picture ever day of different things (i.e. your favorite place in the world) and you do it every day for 100 days.

11.(learn to surf) I’ve always wanted to surf. I have lived near the beach my whole life up to this point and I never learned. How crazy is that? Unfortunately, I have the balance and coordination of a toddler, so this might take some time.

12. (learn to longboard) Also something I have always wanted to do, but never could due to the balance of a toddler thing. I mean come on guys, I’ve never even learned to roller blade.

13. (do something that I’m afraid of) There comes a time in every persons life that they need to just put on their big girl panties and deal with it, face their fears head on. Something exhilerating could be waiting for me, and I won’t do it because I’m a little chicken. For example, skydiving. I bet it’s the most wonderful feeling in the world, but you’re completely wrong if you think I’m jumping out of a plane on my own free will. However, it might be just the thing I need. Although, that whole stomach coming out of my mouth free fall feeling is not a pleasant one.

14. (quit smoking) Yes, yes, yes. I know. I’m a sucker for the beast. I smoke almost half a pack a day, but I feel if I have to right motivation and start trying to quit for myself, then I will be much more productive in my attempts. Perhaps, even victorious?

15. (dance on broadway) Helllloooooo, Rockettes?

16. (make a difference in someone’s life) I’ve always figured that if I can make a difference in someone’s life, make it better somehow, be something great for them, then I, my friends, have succeeded.

17. (meet a celebrity) Come on, who wouldn’t go all crazy over meeting Channing Tatum? Or Rachel McAdams for that matter(:

18. (Read every book on the College Bound Reading List) For the simple fact that I have a hard time starting and finishing tasks, I figure if I can finish this one, then the 100 day challenge will be a breeze! You can find the list at http://als.lib.wi.us/Collegebound.html. It has everything from American Literature to Social Sciences.

19. (Do atleast one selfless thing a day) I like the whole idea of being selfless, it also has to do with good karma. I like to help people out as much as possible.

20. (see the great wonders of the world) I’ve never been on a vacation. I’ve never even been out of my home state until now. Therefore, I’ve always wanted to travel. Then again, who hasn’t? This is where the whole money thing comes into play. One day, my friends!

21. (be fluent in another language) I’ve wanted to learn German, French, Italian, etc. I started learning French, but in the end I never had time to stick with it. So this again counts on the things I start and never finish cycle. Maybe one day though.

 

And that’s about it for now guys. Have a wonderful day ladies and gents!

5 Feb. 2013

Hello there fellow bloggers, readers, and strangers of the sort. I’m starting this blog to kind of keep myself in check. I’ve started a bucket list, as many of us do, with high hopes of actually starting something and finishing it for once. I’m open to many more ideas on things to add to my bucket list. Of course, most of the things on my bucket list require many years of saving up money, and time, and perhaps not being as broke as I am. I am about to start the journey of life with my wonderful fiance, Max. So as you can imagine, every penny counts at this point. Tips for money saving are also appreciated along with you guys’ input on the things that I will be posting. So here it goes… My Bucket List.

1. Be in two places at once

2. Dance at the Super Bowl

3. Do the Polar Plunge

4. Watch the ball drop in N.Y.C

5. Witness a miracle

6. Parasail

7. Try out for The Voice

8. Befriend someone I don’t like

9. Help out a random stranger

10. Start and finish the 100 Day Challenge

11. Learn to surf

12. Learn to longboard

13. Do something that I’m afraid of

14. Quit smoking

15. Dance on broadway

16. Make a difference in someone’s life

17. Meet a celebrity

18. Read every book on the College Bound Reading List (all 162)

19. Do atleast one selfless thing a day

20. See the great wonders of the world

21. Be fluent in another language

So as you can see, my list is already pretty hefty with aspirations, tips and tricks are appreciated. I will also be posting my progress and much as I possibly can, so don’t choke me if it isn’t every day. I’m one busy woman! I’ll give an update later on my reasonings behind my decisions for my bucket list. Until then, Cao!