I recently came across the ultimate bucket list and have had many laughs with friends going through which ones we’ve accomplished (my current tally is at 43) and how we are going to work through the rest. This coupled with with my plan to accomplish the #1* spot on my personal bucket list in approximately 17 hours got me thinking about the things that matter and how quickly we forget these.
This week has seen me feeling like the old me again – a slightly goth, anti-establishment individual that cannot be controlled and who believes that freedom reigns. While I do appreciate the refinement that I’ve developed over the last few years, I’ve realised that I’ve lost sight of the things that made me, me and that I enjoy doing.
Over the last few years, things have changed and I’ve become “trapped” – first it was study, then choose a career, be secure, buy a house, <insert next goal here> and before I knew it I was always focused on the future and never stopped to thing about where I am now to enjoy the sights around me or even just give myself time to focus on little things that I enjoy. It seems like I’ve become a slave of time, always fighting the clock to make sure I managed to achieve all that I could. The liberation that I’ve over the last few days though has reminded me that sometimes it’s okay to pause, reminisce and even just do something / nothing because you feel like it and it’s through this that you find true inspiration or a vision.
So I’ve decided that I’m going to break free and take things back to basics, I’m going to focus on the things that I love like finding new unheard of bands. Yes, I’ve accepted that I’ll probably never be a journalist for Rolling Stone or own a record company but it doesn’t mean that I should let go of my passions completely. I’ve promised myself that every week I’m going to set aside time for myself to focus on me and the things I love doing even if they don’t result in anything, if it’s leaves me feeling more at peace is going to lead to a better me.
My challenge to you is to think about the things that you loved and that were core to making you, you that you’ve forgotten about – pursue these things for these are the things that are going to make the journey more worthwhile. Life’s far to short to be spent chasing!
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
* Seeing Linkin Park live