Fill up your Bucket List
It has been said that people can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. We live day to day, trying to get through the next assessment, the next exam, the next holidays until December 31 comes along and we realize that another year has just flown by, and we make our resolutions for the year ahead, however many (especially the one about getting in shape) tend to fall by the wayside.
However, when we take a step back and look at the big picture, there’s so much more that we can do. I’m old enough to see the world, to do all the things I dreamt of as a kid, and young enough to not be burdened with any responsibilities that could hold me back.
It’s this feeling that compelled me to write my own Bucket List. A list where I could write down everything that I wanted to do and achieve, one that captured the big picture.
One such item on this list was jumping off a plane (fortunately with a parachute). I made the long drive out to Wollongong, signed the insurance waiver forms with a lot of hesitation. I suited up and waited with all the other freaked out daredevil wannabes. Then got on the bus, waited in the hangar and got on the plane. I was sick to my stomach the whole fourteen thousand feet up there and then let the instructor push me off the plane while he videoed my hyperventilation. However, with the sun shining on my face, the wind gushing at my cheeks, a feeling of exhilaration subsided the fear – I felt like I was alive. Until the parachute finally opened and the adrenaline stopped pumping through my veins, that’s when I felt the mind-numbing ache deep within my ears, an ache that took almost a week to pop.
However, not all bucket list items have to be about jumping off planes. It is about living your dreams and fantasies, be they small or large. My own list includes visiting every Disneyland in the world, writing a novel and sitting in Sheldon’s spot. Friends of mine have such things as learning to speak French fluently enough to be able to insult people to their faces and wearing ascots.
For ideas on what to add to your lists, check out pinterest, there are a million and one amazing ideas to test your boundaries, fully equipped with photographs and website links.
Consider this though, how comfortable would you be doing the scary things that come with insurance waiver forms if you had three screaming children and two pets to look after? I know I speak for many of us when I say that I certainly hope the parachute technology has advanced enough that I won’t actually need the insurance for it, but these are all things that we cannot risk when there are other lives depending on us. So I say, the time is now. College life is supposed to be about testing the boundaries and learning more about ourselves (and of course getting a certificate that says we know how to use a semi colon correctly). So why not do the things that frighten us a little? Why not travel the world or tell that guy or girl how you feel? Why not go through photo albums with your grand kids in sixty years and show them just how cool and exciting ‘nan and pop’ were and still are.
So go swim with the sharks, trek the Himalayas, say ‘Tais-toi” to that annoying pest in your tutorial group – just don’t delay! In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Live for a minute, and start fulfilling your bucket list. Be it one a day, or one a year, the challenge is to take that risk. So join me, take the plunge and scratch at least one item from the bucket list.
On a final note, if you’re gonna jump off a plane – I recommend taking an antihistamine before. Your ears will thank you.