Why don’t people always live their lives to the fullest?
Maybe it’s because they’re scared to fail. Maybe it’s because they don’t have the money to really do what they want or maybe people don’t take a leap of faith because they don’t want to have regrets. Whatever the reason bucket lists are popping up everywhere as people start to live the lives they’ve always wanted to have.
I never really enjoyed my life because I was always a negative person. After a few years of nothing but bad luck I started seeing the bad side of everything. It’s a really unhealthy habit and it prevented me from doing anything – let alone doing what I wanted to. I was so afraid of making another bad decision that I just floated through life and made no decisions at all.
The thing about always taking the safe way out is it’s boring. I wouldn’t daydream and I couldn’t even possibly think about something other than the life that was right in front of my nose. But when I finally took a chance and started to think about what I wanted things started to happen and my life got a lot better.
YOLO so what do you want to do?
I kept complaining about my financial situation, but I never did anything about it. Until one day I hit rock bottom and decided that I was going to live a happy financial life. I cut up my credit cards, set up pre authorized payments onto all my debt on a biweekly basis and I got a second job. Admitting my financial defeat was a tough journey towards financial freedom and there were a lot of tears along the way but it was worth it in the end. Now I’m happy and instead of living off debt I can actually afford to pay for the things I want with cash.
The YOLO mentality applies to our lifestyle as well as everything in our life. Over the last two years I decided to start loving life and learn to love myself. It has been a huge personal growth experience for me. Instead of passing up on experiences because I couldn’t find anyone to go with me I started travelling alone. Have you ever travelled alone? It may seem lonely to some but the truth is it’s very exciting. I love travelling by myself because I can do what I want, when I want and it’s very liberating.
Here are a few things on my YOLO bucket list – what’s on yours?
– Learn to Surf (or at least try)
– Spend a week in Portugal
– Go To Italy
– Jump off a dock or cliff or something into the water in Greece (inspired by the movie Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants)
– See an NBA Basket Ball Game or Concert @ Madison Square Garden
– I really want to be in a Flash Mob
– Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
– Learn to Speak Spanish (at least at a conversational level)
– Be on a game show preferably The Price Is Right
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