The Greatest Adventures Still Await You
Often times, as a culture, we get very wrapped up in the future or even the past. Work, school, kids, and finances take up much of our time.
Did you know that the average person will sleep for 230 thousand hours in their lifetime?
An average person will work an average of about 200 thousand hours in their lifetime.
Is it ironic that we usually sleep and work about the same amount of hours?
8 hours a day. That is 16 hours a day! Not to mention commute time.
So how many hours does that leave us to spend on our hobbies or adventures or vacations?
Well, there is always the weekend right?
The top ten things you should do before you kick the bucket aren’t all fun and games.
Attaining the best cheap life insurance is also one.
Planning for your ultimate end will make your family appreciate your life even more.
Go out in style and remember to live it all to the fullest!
The first step in this process of living a more meaningful life. Of making sure you don’t leave anything out.
And of planning for a great future, is to make a list.
This list should be all of the things you have already accomplished along with the things you still wish to.
Every time you do accomplish one of these items, check it off.
Type it on your computer.
Make it official.
Save it under “things I have done in my life!”.
This may be what someone reads at your memorial. Or maybe you can give it to your children or grandchildren one day.
You can even pull it out from time to time, when you are old and sitting in your rocking chair.
Remember everything by writing it down and making a list.
This list may include things you have done such as:
- Buying your first house and the date you did so
- A mission trip to Mexico
- Visiting the Grand Canyon
- Getting Married
There may also be a portion of your list dedicated to things you wish to accomplish, goals you want to squash or people you want to meet.
This list may look a little something like this:
- Run a Marathon (or more specifically a certain marathon in a certain place)
- If you are adopted, you may want to reach out to your birth parents at some point
- Maybe you are a hard worker and you really want to become the CEO of your company someday
- Visit Austrailia
The list can be endless.
Make it meaningful.
Don’t just jot down the first things that come into your head.
This way your goals are more likely to come to fruition.
Keeping a tally of the things you have already accomplished will give you inspiration to tackle the ones you still have in mind.
The hardest part about growing older is dealing with our past.
It sometimes haunts us.
Maybe you have a relative who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Maybe you have a strained relationship with a parent.
No matter what the cause, regaining a relationship will indeed make your life fuller.
The first steps to figuring out if you need to reconcile is by listening to your gut instincts.
It could be the wrong time to reach out to this certain person.
But, keeping a small journal or notebook about how you feel about this person could help.
Maybe you are not in a good state mentally to tackle this obstacle yet. That’s OK!
Keep a running tab on how this person makes you feel, questions you may want to ask them and ideas on how to reconcile.
This space between you could be from a small argument in high school, or a major issue such as abandonment.
Whatever it is, towards the end you will want to have these wounds healed.
Seeking counseling for these wounds may also help you and make reconciliation easier.
You may have thought this list of things to do before you go would be adventuresome and fun.
And some of them are, but a large part of dealing with the later parts of our life, is hashing up the past and making things good again.
If you think about it, reconciling with a parent, sibling or friend is a sort of adventure. It is an adventure that eases ones soul.
Just remember that not everyone is in the same place as you are.
The time when you think you are ready to regain a certain relationship, that other person may not be.
That is fine too.
The world is not one-sided.
3) Get The Best Life Insurance Policy
If there is one thing in life that you do not want to be stingy about, it’s life insurance.
Depending on what your financial situation is, you could leave your family and loves ones with debt, a mortgage and an expensive funeral to fund.
You can keep this from happening by having life insurance. Getting the best cheap life insurance is easy too!
The average policy costs only $50 a month.
Here is a short break down on life insurance:
- There are two types of life insurance.: Whole Life, which costs a little more but you can draw on your life insurance at a certain age. The cost of insurance increases as the person ages, but this person is allowed to take out a cash value on their life insurance. The second is called Term Life insurance. This is the most common type. You pay a monthly premium every month for a certain amount of insurance to be given to your beneficiary when you die. Let’s say you take out $100,000 policy at a rate of 30 years. You will only receive the money if you parish within this time frame. If not, you will re-evaluate you insurance policy.
- In these two very broad brackets there are many other categories. It is best to sit down with an insurance agent and go over your options. Every person is different.
- Depending on how much money you have and what your debts are, you have to figure out an amount for life insurance. One way to do this is to multiply your yearly salary by 10. If you make $50,000 a year, then you will need an insurance policy for no less than $500,000. This will need to cover your existing payoff on your house, any debts you may have and funeral expenses.
- Another strategy for people who have children is to multiply your income by ten and add $100,000 per child for college and expenses they may incur.
- The last strategy is to calculate all of your funds, debts and future obligations. You can literally calculate out how much life insurance you would need to not only pay off everything but give money to family members. When in doubt, over estimate!
4) See The World
More often than not, people stay in their own comfortable bubbles. It is a crime to stay in own place with your feet stuck in the dirt.
Travel is really the only way we learn about other cultures, get inspired, or even learn about ourselves.
Many people will never see Rome, or Paris, or the Alps.
Many will never know how beautiful Alaska is in the summertime or how majestic a Canadian Moose can be.
Even if funds are tight, there is always a way to travel inexpensively. And frankly, towards the end of your life, isn’t there someplace that you have always wanted to go?
Here are a list of some amazing travel destinations and the inexpensive ways to get there:
- The Grand Canyon is located right outside of Flagstaff and Sedona Arizona. It is an amazing spectacle. You can drive there by car, or fly into the Phoenix airport. An AirBNB runs about $150 a night if you want to stay close to the National Forest.
- British Columbia, Victoria Canada is not only scenic, but voted one of the friendliest places on earth. This paradise in Canada has so much to offer such as tea houses, gardens, a zoo and boat rides for whale watching. In this romantic setting you could splurge and stay at the Magnolia Inn for a few hundred a night, or at the historical Abigail’s Hotel.
- Ireland is a green and wet destination full of beauty. Ireland has not only some of the coolest pubs in the world, but gothic looking castles, vast ocean panoramas and delicious food. It’s a little off the beaten path, but will make you feel like you are in another world.
- Australia. Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to travel down under? Australia has some of the most unique places to visit in the world. It also has animals there that are not found anywhere else! Visit Sydney Harbor or the Australia Zoo. You will marvel at the beautiful beaches and friendly atmosphere. Plane tickets from Los Angeles to Sydney run around $1,500 round trip. The best time to visit is Christmas. Their summers are our winters.
5) Write That Novel, Sing That Song
You have always wanted to do something big, but have never gotten the chance. Maybe your secret passion has always been to write a Fantasy Novel.
Maybe you have always wanted to own a donut shop. I am telling you now that you can and you should.
Studies show that people who love their jobs are much happier and more successful.
Yes, even financially.
According to a Harvard study, two things are true in life:
One is that good relationships keep us happy and healthy longer.
The second is that loving what we do can increase our happiness levels.
This seems like a no-brainer right? But think of all of the people that you know who are working that 9-5 and don’t love their jobs.
I don’t mean are they good at their jobs or can they stand their boss. I am talking about having a passion for what you do.
Now, in a lot of circumstances, people need to make a certain amount of money.
I get it.
But, there is no reason you can’t make money doing the thing that you are passionate about and good at.
Another side note to this Harvard study shows that alcoholism is one of the main definers in an unhealthy and unhappy lifestyle.
This 2010 study shows that there are a few reasons why people are happy in life.
One has to do with doing “good” for others. When you give you get. Karma and all of that jazz.
We should be thinking more of how to help another than to help ourselves.
Another way to be happy is to do what you are good at. If you are good at something, you will feel success.
You may also have other people tell you how good you are at that one thing. This builds esteem.
Last but not least, take care of yourself. You body is your temple. Your mind is your power.
It isn’t just about eating right, it’s about having balance. Staying mentally healthy is just as important as your physical health.
In fact, they go hand in hand.
Most times, a person will eat poorly because they are mentally unsound.
Take care of yourself and reap the benefits.
A more recent study done by Harvard suggests that building close relationships with those around you make you a happier person.
It also states that doing what you enjoy everyday will boost your happiness levels and make you more productive.
This all makes sense right? Being a better person and getting those boosts to the brain essentially come from doing what you love.
Whether that be in work or play, people can choose to have a different life and a more positive outcome.
Bucket List Summary
- Make a list of things you have done and things you would like to do. Not just adventures but things that will fulfill you in every way.
- Reconcile with people. Mend broken relationship or at least try to. Reach out and even if it isn’t reciprocated, it will feel good to at least try.
- Get life insurance and make sure your family is well taken care of when you go. You can never underestimate the power of planning.
- See the world and explore new places. There is nothing like a little perspective to make you stop and be thankful for what you have. The world has so much to offer, so go out and get it.
- Do what you love now. Don’t wait for the perfect time, because that time may not come. There will always be bills, plans, kids etc… Put yourself first and take the leap of faith.
Finally, the time has come where you can reflect a little on life. How good it has been. Maybe how your struggles have made you more empowered.
You could have a negative outlook on the whole thing and need a little help getting out of a rut.
Whatever you are feeling, these five steps will re-direct you and hopefully help you live life to the fullest.