Monday, November 26, 2012

Before I Die...

Credit: Candy Chang

  • Before I Die... I want to experience zero gravity.
  • Before I Die... I want to break a world record.
  • Before I Die... I want to give a speech in front of +1000 people.
  • Before I Die... I want to finish a triathlon. 
  • Before I Die... I want to write a book and publish it.
  • Before I Die... I want to live in another country 

These are a few of the intentions I have for myself. The Turkish call it "┼×imdi ya da Asla" which translates to 'Now or Never'. You may better recognize it as a 'bucket list', or a life list.

Do you have one?

Most people, at some point in their lives, have at least considered some things they would like to accomplish before they leave this world. What ever your dreams are, a bucket list is a great way to shed light on what is truly meaningful in your life. It is easy to get caught up in the noise of the 'day to day' with its increasing distractions from kids or work or school. It is important though that we find time to reflect on our own aspirations so that, as we learn and grow, we can continue to take advantage of this series of fleeting moments we call life. Write down your goals so you have a way to track your progress. It is by writing down your ambitions that you give your life purpose and it's by living with purpose that you make change in the world.

Neale Donald Walsch said it best "The deepest secret is that life isn't a process of discovery, but a process of creation. Don't ask who you are but rather who you want to be".

Go out and become the person you know you can be. Find what it is you are living for so that when your time comes to take that long nap you can say that you made the most of the time you had. Take life into your own hands, step out of your comfort zone, and as always boldly grow in the direction of your dreams.


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