The Bucket List

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Not very long back… maybe like 10-odd years ago, I read somewhere about creating a bucket list.

I don’t really remember what triggered it. However, just like an itch that needs to be scratched, soon after, I ventured into creating a bucket list for myself. I have no idea where that list lies today! However, I bet, that does not change much. Think about it, as a person despite of me having changed I am sure most of my bucket list would still remain consistent.

So, today morning I came across an a picture of me a few years back and happily told myself I have changed so much now. Or have I? And the itch came right back!

And I looked up the social mirror and re-discover one such list by me done in 2009. Although the list was meant to be about random things about me, I believe it clearly highlighted what I like to do and what I would love to do in the future with sufficient resources.

But looking at it now, surprises me, disappoints even. Here was a list of things I would love to do. The disappointment was simply because it made me feel so common. Just like everyone else. Finite. Perishable. With a due date.

Years pass us by. We live and love loads of moments. But how many of us really fulfill all our bucket lists before really kicking the bucket?

And that is when lightening stuck me! We love to make plans and think we are the masters of our lives. I will travel the world. I will leap from the highest mountain and dive into the deepest of the ocean bed. I will be a best selling author. I will mother a daughter. I will climb the Everest. How close I am to living any of these at the present moment… barely any! What stops me?

The everyday realities and emotions of our livelihood.
I travel the journey of life everyday. I take giant leaps of faith. Divulge in love which leads to emotional roller coasters ranging from happiness like being on the top of the world to lonely depressions like being hidden underneath the earth’s crust. By forging new friendships and sometimes letting go of some others, write and re-write the story of our enmeshed lives. I allow myself to dream, the highest dream. A new dream every day and every night.

These never feature on any bucket list that I have seen. I live my bucket list. It is pretty never ending. I still want to travel the world & author a bestseller besides other things. It just means that my bucket list will remain never ending. But none will be able to say I did not live up to my bucket list either!

What do you think?

5 Responses to The Bucket List

  1. Rashida,

    I dont know you in person. Not by face. I do not know what personality you hold. I know not your age. No idea where you were born or where you live. Nothing.

    What I know though, is that you just wrote me down as a person. Not just me, but a whole lot of us! Each one of us, in that spirit.

    That bucket is like the magician’s hat. It is never empty. It can hold the whole world within, but can still sit on your head.

    When you let the rabbit out of the hat, the world wonders. Even those who claim to know you.

    No one ever travels, the depth we hold within.

    I am glad you came to the Cafe’

  2. Roohani Nayyar says:

    Nice one Rashida!

    And Abhinav bhaiya, I know her in person, and she’s brilliant =) I’m glad she’s here too! :D

  3. Rashida says:

    Thank you for the kind words of appreciation!

  4. Anukool says:

    Very well written, For me this post again raises questions about whether the universe is random or deterministic, and whether we have Free will!!!

  5. Rashida says:

    Hey Anukool,

    Quite honestly I like to believe that we have free will… But even then there is always a certain sense of direction …

    I would want it to be thin line between random & deterministic!

    Excess of either might be harmful to our senses ;)

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