Do you have a special date or deadline before you? Maybe you are turning 49 and want to accomplish 50 things by 50, or maybe you are celebrating being fifty and alive! Maybe you want to accomplish XX amount by X years old.
I wanted to celebrate turning fifty, not hiding from it, lamenting it, or denying it. Heck, I’m happy to have made it to age fifty. I decided to turn it into a celebratory year of TRY-try new activities, food, experiences, mindsets.
How I Developed My List
here’s how I developed my list of ideas and goals:
20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith-how would your thought process change if instead of counting your time in years, you counted them in days? A good and easy read. Thought provoking.
I Dare Me-being a woman of midlife, this was a good blueprint. Lu Ann Cahn felt “stuck”. Her daughter encouraged her to try a “First” every day for 365 days. This started as a blog, then turned into a book. Some of her firsts were *big*, but others were just small, but still firsts, like trying all the ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins. This helped with the formation of my Project 50. My items weren’t all necessarily big adventures, (like cleaning out your clothes closet) but items new to me, or something I haven’ done in ages-like ski or learn to snowboard.
The 52 Weeks-a book similar to I Dare Me, this is a collaboration between Karen Amster-Young and Barbara Godwin. They too felt a bit stuck and challenged themselves to trying one new activity a week for 52 weeks.
Internet Key Words
This is easy, plug in bucket list, you will have a plethora of websites to surf through to gain ideas. I ignored the big bucket list ideas, as “travel to India” was not going to happen in 2016. Using the search term “bucket list and your state” will give you good local ideas to try.
Pinterest is a great site to look for Project 50 ideas. Just use the search term “Bucket List” or “Bucket List Ideas”. This should spur your imagination.
Your Inner Self
What are you afraid of? What activity or experience is slightly-or way out- of your comfort zone? What have you not tried because you think you will look silly? I’m going to try karoke this year. I might need to have a drink or two before I attempt it, and I’m sure I will look silly-but I am going to try it. That’s out of my comfort zone. What activity have you not done in..a long time? I’m going to hopscotch. I don’t even remember how to do it, but it will be done before the end of the year.
Enlist Support and Ideas from Others
Tell your friends and family what you are going to do. Ask them for ideas. They may come up with something you would have never dreamt of-so go do it! This can also help to inspire others to create their List for the Year, and go out and crush some goals.