We all have a ‘someday’ list.
Whether that is a physical list we keep on our smartphone, a list we write down on a notepad, or a mental list we have stored in our heads.
A list of things we want to do.
Jobs we’d like to pursue or try [one day].
Places we’d like to visit and discover.
New things we want to learn.
Books we want to read.
The goals we want to accomplish… someday.
Blog posts we want to write… and do.. and then they sit in the draft folder for a very long time (this is a huge problem for me!)
I clearly have a ‘someday’ list. I am the master of all list makers so of course I made a ‘someday’ list.
But slowly I’ve started realizing that while this list is a great idea, it sets expectations for a life I haven’t lived yet.
And so, I told myself this year; instead of continually adding to the list, why don’t I start DOING things off the list.
It’s what forced me, in a good way, to take the leap and step out on my own and start my own business. Because I’d always had that on my ‘someday list.
Its what motivated me to finally travel to Quebec City this fall with Andrew, after always wanting to travel to la belle province.
If there is anything parenthood has taught me, it’s that I want to start crossing things off my ‘someday’ list and actually start living the list rather than continually add to it.
Because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t start living life this way.
I realize there are restrictions and limitations to what we can do with our lists. Our dream jobs just don’t pop up. We can’t just all quit our jobs and go travelling. We would all love to spend money on experiences, yet we have to save money for our future.
So yes, we have to be realistic with what we put on our lists in the first place.
But the other lesson in all of this that I’ve tried to remember, is that we have a lifetime (hopefully!) to do all of the things on our someday list. So there is no point in rushing to get all the items done. We have a lifetime, if we’re lucky to do them all. Of course, there are some things I am glad I got done sans children 😉
The point is, what are you doing now to cross that next item off of your ‘someday’ list if you have one?
Seize the day, friends!
… (and I’ll be back soon with part 2 as to WHY our someday list keeps growing instead of crossing items off).