All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.
I’m a dreamer. Always have been; always will be. The first time I heard of a bucket list, though, I was slightly put off by the idea—it just seemed so morbid to itemize the things I want to do before I die, as though it’s some race to make sure I accomplish my dreams in case I meet an untimely end. But then I thought about it some more and realized it’s actually a pretty great idea. Why not dream big and then set out to reach those dreams—whether I live to be 30 or 103? Too many people have dreams they never realize. Even worse, some people don’t dream at all.
For me, dreams are equivalent to goals. If I dream something for long enough, I do everything I can to turn it into reality. So, I started my bucket list a long time ago. It began with just a few things, but I’ve slowly added to it over the years. As my desires turn into reality, I put a check next to them, but I leave them on the list to remind myself to always, always dream, and never stop chasing those dreams. I have them for a reason.
Below is my bucket list. Then, some of my favorite quotes about dreaming.
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it? If not, why don’t you have one? E-mail me or comment—I’d love to hear what other people have on their lists.
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats
My Bucket List
Learn a foreign language, then visit the country where I can converse with native speakers
Live in Europe (Did it!)
Compete in a dance competition
Go canyoning in the Alps (Did it!)
Adopt a child
Dance in the rain
Attend surf school
Go on safari in Africa
Drive a car over 100 miles per hour
Be in two places at once (and capture it on camera!)
Set foot in every U.S. state
See a U2 concert in Ireland
Swim with dolphins
Take a cooking class in Italy (Did it!)
Compete in a triathlon
Spend Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol
See 4th of July fireworks in New York City
Live in New York City
Skinny dip in the ocean
Make a wish on a falling star (Did it!)
See a whale playing in the ocean (Did it!)
Spend the night on the beach under the stars
Take a trip around the world
Write a book
Swim in the Mediterranean Sea (Did it!)
Be baptized in the Sea of Gallilee
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Henry David Thoreau
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Douglas H. Everett
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
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