This summer my best buddy and I decided to make a summer bucket list of all the things we wanted to do before we go back to school. Here is that list:
1) Go hiking. 2) Take an MMA class. 3) Go to a NYC comedy show. 4) Go camping. 5) Find a way to get ready scared. 6) Take a day kayaking trip. 7) Go on a day bike riding trip. 8) Go paintballing. 9) Go crabbing. 10) Go to the beach every day for a week.
It is a pretty simple list but we are pretty simple guys. The best part about the list is that it is always changing. We are always adding to the list whenever we think of something we want to do. However, the point is not to add things to the list but to cross them off the list. Yesterday, we crossed the first thing off the list: hiking. We are the great outdoors kind of guys and hiking was the best way to start of the summer. We went to a place called Sunfish Pond. It was about a 5 mile hike to the pond, a 2 mile hike around, and a 5 mile hike back. Over all it was a great day with some great views.
My summer bucket list was not the only list I made for the summer. I also made a summer to do list that has all the stuff I need to do for school before it starts. I started to think of the difference between the two lists. One list is all the things I need to do and the other is all the things I wanted to do. Is there a difference though? How come the things I want to do are not also thing I need to do?
In life people are always telling us to know the difference between need and want. I can see how this comes into play when you want a new phone or need a new phone or anything similar to this but in the case of my summer list I do not think there is a difference. The things I want to do should be the things I need to do. If you read my posts How Much Time Do We Have or Tick Tock, you will know that I am almost obsessed with finding out how to making the most out of the limited amount of time we have. With this limited amount of time we need to do the things we want to do before we cannot.
Too often we say we want to do something but it never falls into place because we do not feel the pressure of it being a necessity. We need to start pressuring ourselves to do the things we want to do. Find the time we need to do them. When you come up with those crazy ideas with your friends that seem hypothetical, make them real. The only thing that makes something hypothetical is the fact that you have a lack of effort to make it real (unless it is something like finishing your summer homework early so you do have to worry about it or anything next to impossible like that). Go out and put the effort in to make your crazy hypothetical ideas real. Turn your wants into needs and do not wait to live life to the fullest because life won’t wait for you.
This is my summer bucket list, the wants that I am turning into needs. Are you going to turn your wants into needs and make a list of your own? What would you put on that list?