How it started
Back in 2012, when I first created my bucket list over at Relocationjunkie.com, I had a dilemma. I wanted to grow old with grace, but I didn’t know exactly how.
You see, at the age of 17 or 18 I had had a dream. I don’t remember if it was a daytime or a nighttime dream anymore, but I remember the imagery vividly.
In the dream I was an old lady sitting in a rocking chair with 3-4 children sitting at my feet. The children looked up at me expectantly and said: “Nana, Nana – tell us a story! Tell us of the time you did _x_!”
The dream seemed so natural and true. It felt so comforting watching that image and it made me feel proud of the woman sitting in that chair.
That woman was obviously one who had lived a full and inspiring life. Why else would a bunch of children (known for their notoriously short attention span) want to hear her story more than once?
Over the years, the picture of that image has stayed in my mind. It changes occasionally. Sometimes there are more people in the room. But largely it stays the same.
I don’t know what specifically has kept that image in my mind, but I do know that it has frequently triggered a single question over and over:
What kind of life would I need to live to be that kind of woman?
Struck with inspiration
One day, around the time I started working on my bucket list, the answer came to me. I needed to pursue an inspiring life.
How would I do that? I would start by travelling to one new country for every year of my life!
At 26 I definitely hadn’t travelled to that many countries just yet, but I figured I would be able to find a way to achieve my goal eventually.
I would see more of the world and keep myself accountable for experiencing new things. And I am now proud to say that at age 30 – just four years later, I achieved that goal.
Since then, I have promised myself to keep this item on my Life List until it no longer serves me. The one thing I have learnt over the years is that things can change.
Goals can change, people can change, priorities can change, and we need to stay flexible with that change. But for now this goal hasn’t changed and so it stays – viva la vida and let’s see where it takes me from here!