“I don’t want to get at the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman
It would definitely be more interesting if I tell you right now that I am in a journey towards living and happiness because I have a terminal disease with only a few months to live (ala Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the movie The Bucket List) or that I suffered from a major depression and on my way back to recovery. I hate to disappoint you but I am not. I am healthy and normal.
I just simply decided to live and be happy. There had been no life-changing event. It is more of a conscious effort to change my life – from being alive to living. Do not get me wrong, my life before was simple yet ideal. I never worried there wouldn’t be food on the plate or roof above my head, or that I would stop schooling. My family always provided. We are not rich but we always have enough. However, I don’t settle for just a simple or an ideal life. I want mine to be a life towards happiness.
Happiness means differently between people – this, I want you to utterly understand (this is crucial to my story). Happiness could be about adventure but it can also be about solitude. It can be a life of lavishness or a life of “just enough.” What makes me happy may not make you happy. The same can be said in reverse, and for other people. That is okay. All kinds of happiness should be respected. And for my sake, happiness means a life well lived. My firm belief that we should live our life towards happiness is the overarching motivation why I decide to create my bucket list (and this site). After all, my kind of happiness is a life well lived. And a bucket list – a list of all the things I want to do in life – encapsulates best if I had lived my life well.
The motivation to pursue the things that make me happy, on the other hand, comes from the belief that life is too short to waste on things that doesn’t count. I wake up every morning reminding myself that my time is limited. I keep in mind that I only have 86,400 seconds to spend each day on things that matter. We should pursue our passions and our dreams every single day for we are living in the present – this, we should realize. We shouldn’t spend enormous time regretting about what happened in the past, or preparing for the future. We are living today. A happy life can’t be found in the future, it is not stuck in the past as well. So, there is no other perfect day to live and be happy than today. Today, in the here and now, will always be best day to live our life towards what makes us happy. Not tomorrow, and definitely not yesterday.
So here I am, with a bucket list in hand and crossing them out one-by-one, committing myself everyday to the things that make me happy. And this is my story, a boring one I suppose. No terminal illness, no major depression, no life-changing situation. There is just a conscious effort and a decision to take action.
How about your story? Is it boring as well? My friend, if you will be needing help from changing your life story from being boring to being awe-so-wicked, I am here to help. Just give me a message or place a comment below. You can also subscribe to my mailing list by signing-up below. I will give you a free e-book that will help you to start living your life towards happiness: How To Live A Happy Life