Last night I was finally able to see Kings of Leon, my all-time favorite band, perform live. I remember watching their concerts on YouTube and wishing that I could be there. I was so wrapped up in their music that I would have been happy in nosebleed seats if it meant that I could just see them play live. When they released their newest album, WALLS, and announced tour dates, I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from finally seeing them. Fulfilling this dream I had of seeing one of my favorite artists perform was a feeling that I can’t even begin to put into words, and I’m hooked. The only regret I have is that the concert wasn’t longer. This was something that I can now check off my bucket list, and I can’t wait to complete the rest.
I remember thinking that a bucket list was only something for older people just so they wouldn’t die with regrets. But, why not start checking items off our bucket lists now? We get so consumed with stress over college, student loans, and building stable careers, we forget to have fun once in a while and do things that make us happy. Before we know it, we wake up in our 30’s miserable with jobs we hate wondering how we allowed ourselves to get stuck in a life we promised ourselves we would never live. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wake up like that. I want to travel, meet interesting people, see exciting things, and do things I never imagined I would be able to do before it’s all too late. So many people, including myself, want to get out there and check items off their bucket lists, but don’t know where to begin. It all starts with…
Identifying what’s on your list
I believe in the power of writing things down. There’s something about seeing your goals mapped out on paper (or online since paper has been replaced by technology). Creating an actual list identifying what you want to personally accomplish is the first step to begin checking items off your bucket list. Seeing Kings of Leon live was something that I’ve known I wanted to do for a while, but there are so many other items on my list that I haven’t even began to think about. I plan on writing my bucket list out and publishing it here, so that I have a physical reminder of what I want to do with the time I have.
Finding the means
When there’s a will there’s a way. I knew that I would have done whatever it took to see my favorite band perform live. That being said, when you want something to happen, you will find the means to get it done. I know so many people who say they want to travel, or pursue acting or singing, but they aren’t taking the steps to get to where they want to be. Maybe you want to check traveling to Europe off your list, but you feel like you won’t be able to afford such a big trip. Research ways to save and travel on a budget. Some things may seem impossible to do, but there are always alternative options or different ways something can be accomplished.
Making time to check items off your list
You can make a list, but if you don’t make the time to check items off your bucket list, what’s the point? We all have goals we want to reach and dreams we want to see come to fruition, but, we aren’t setting time aside to do things to get closer to what we want. Kings of Leon appropriately closed their concert with the song Waste a Moment. In the chorus of the song Caleb, the lead singer, says “Take the time to waste a moment.” As I mentioned earlier, we can get so consumed with the everyday stresses of life that we begin to look at pursuing dreams or chasing visions as wasting time. If we all took a second to “waste a moment”, we can get that much closer to checking items off our own lists.