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Updated: Jul 21, 2020

“I want to go to Alaska”, I said.

“Here, we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow and you’re thinking of vacations. Forget it.”, said a friend in a frustrated tone.

I understand the reaction. The emotions. It’s been tough for people. A lot of friends and relatives of self or people we know getting impacted. It’s not been easy on us or on our close ones. I know. So I understand.

Well, while I don’t really know what’s going to happen tomorrow, I don’t want to be caught unprepared when it comes my way.

“You’re today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you”. Words of James Allen. Quite contextual.

So, what if the world gets rid of this disease in months to come, I’m going to use this time to continue doing what I have started, plan for things I want to start and aim for things I want to experience. I’m not going to let my sorrows of today drown my dreams of tomorrow.

A bucket list I thought is a perfect way to ensure I plan and know how I’ll spend my time and energy if I happen to live to see tomorrow and the beautiful days ahead to come. So here’s my list:

1. Visit Alaska

2. Visit Mt. Kailash

3. Write a book

4. Start a venture

5. Get six packs (don’t ask me of what!)

6. Buy a mountain house (a cabin)

7. Own a pet (a labrador)

8. Spend atleast 2 hours on learning every week (already started)

9. Learn a new skill – language, swimming, cooking, driving….

10. TBD (yet to finalize)

Please don’t mistake me as someone who is trying to be overly positive. Though I don’t mind. But I don’t want the situation to rob me of having my dreams and planning a life I would want for myself.

This weekend I encourage you to put off the cloak of misery and moroseness, to try and use this time to build a plan for yourself. Make a bucket list. Share it. Encourage people to make theirs. It need not be fancy. It should just get you to think, do and be.

Believe. Become.

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