The world seems to split into two camps on the New Year’s Resolutions front. We’ve got those committing to not making any resolutions at all, instead embracing living life in the present and enjoying the life they’ve built so far. In the other camp we’ve got those doing dry January, going on a diet, actively reducing their screen time and increasing their presence at the gym. If we’re being totally honest with ourselves, we should probably add in a third camp – the adrenaline junkies, thrill seekers and general lively bunch who spent the 31st of December curating their ultimate bucket list, one to keep them on their toes and create a constant element of fun around all that 2019 brings to them.
The joy of a bucket list is that it’s not dependent on starting a new year. For some it has a specific deadline, that is, those of us who feel it’s important to have ticked certain boxes before reaching 30, 40, 50 or beyond. For some it’s just a life long list of things they’ve not yet dared to do but swear they will before seeing this lifetime out.
In terms of its contents, we’re aware of the usual culprits – travel to xyz countries, thrilling skydives, life-changing charity projects, to finally launch that business you’ve been talking about it – but while channelling the New Year momentum, now is as good a time as any to review and refresh that list. Here are some new ideas for that dream bucket list that you may not have thought of.
Live Abroad For A Year
If you truly want to get to know a place beyond the stretch of a summer holiday, take the plunge and make the move. It doesn’t have to be a permanent move but challenge yourself to a certain amount of time, whether that’s six months or a year. Not only will you get to know the destination so much better but you’ll learn a whole heap of new information about yourself too.
Go to the cinema alone
Host a karaoke night
Make fresh pasta
Learn the alphabet in sign language
Start journaling and stick to it
Remember those social media highlight reels that flooded newsfeeds on NYE? Take it old school with a journal to record all the key events and inner thoughts of 2019. Make a routine of it and start small, committing to ten minutes of writing when you first wake up or just before you head to sleep. Pick up a pen and you might just surprise yourself with the feelings you unleash. Some years are transformative before we have time to take stock of what’s happening, it’s these times in particular that you’ll thank yourself for keeping a journal and documenting everything.
Nail your signature dishes
You never know when you’ll decide to host an impromptu dinner party or use your cooking skills to impress in a new relationship but when the time arises having a few fail-safe recipes up your sleeve, a selective handful that you know you do well. Once you’ve figured these recipes out, use every opportunity to practice. You’ll know you’ve succeeded when people start requesting one of the dishes when they visit.
Read the book before the movie
Send a message in a bottle
Learn about your ancestry
Watch the sunset and the sunrise in one day
Let’s be real, we all love a bargain and this buck list entry is completely free both in the currency kind and the liberating. While making the venture from your bed before dawn may seem like a major effort, there’s nothing more refreshing for the soul than starting your day at the same time as the sun rises. Ending the same day watching the sun set is just as humbling.
Write a letter to your future self
As was once all the rage with teen comedies from the 90s when high school students would embark on assignments of building a time capsule, writing a letter to your future self serves a more detailed purpose. Write down the things you hope to have achieved, your vision for the future or simply an outline setting the scene of what your life looked like at the time of writing. Address the envelope to yourself with a date for your future self to open.
Sleep under the stars
Learn to use chopsticks
Be a tourist in your own town
We spend a lot of time in our own city, mostly with heads down, earphones in, focusing on getting to where we need to be but what if for one weekend, you committed to being a tourist in your own home place? Go somewhere new and aimlessly wander. You’ll be amazed by the things you might discover.