✎What’s On Your List?

Here’s the story of how I know Sebastian Terry. One day, someone wanted me to watch this video titled “How to Live Your Dreams NOW, Before It’s Too Late” where Sebastian Terry was the guest speaker. She wanted me to have my own “list” because maybe sooner or later, in one way or another she might help me tick off the items one by one. I did watch the video for an hour or so and damn, it was so good. I met Sebastian Terry (not literally), got a glimpse of his life based on his stories, of how once upon a time he was just no one. Long short, there’s this fellow who wanted to pursue happiness, so he did. Before I watched the video, I thought maybe this is just another man sharing his story of rags-to-riches but I was wrong! Well, maybe it is but there’s more to it! I laughed at his hilarious adventures, I was moved by his passion towards self-fulfillment and I got emotional when I heard about the people he had helped along the way on his journey.

Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m talking about:

When I was almost done watching the video, I was silently praying that please please let him write a book and as if on cue, he mentioned that he actually wrote a book titled “100 Things: What’s On Your List?” and I was like, YES! I read the book and it was such a beautiful read, entertaining and very inspiring.

imagesAfter flipping the last page, this book would make you want to create your own list of things/dreams/goals (whatever you wanna call it) that you want to accomplish in the future or in the next couple of days. It doesn’t have to include backpacking around the world, deliver a baby,  marry a stranger in Vegas or even walk on the red carpet uninvited which I tell you, these were just some of the things Sebastian actually did, with some misfortunes here and there of course. There is that specific defining moment in your life when you think “what have I been doing my entire life?” and suddenly you just wanna do crazy things and enjoy life to the fullest! Some of us might have realized this out the blue but most of the time, it’s brought by some unfortunate circumstances. Sebastian’s was when his friend died at a young age. That made him realize that most of the people we see doing insane adventures and ticking off what seems to be impossible items on their bucket lists  are those with terminal illness, cancer survivors or those who got into accidents and were fortunate enough to be given a “second life” and the list could go on. So he asked, “why do we have to wait for something terrible to happen when we can do these things when everything is all fine?” That’s when he decided to create his 100 things-to-do-before-I-die list, begin ticking off the items one by one and the journey continues. As time goes by, a lot of people got interested with this idea and started making their own lists which you can see here: http://100things.com.au.

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Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” This sounds very familiar, yes? I agree that this is kind of a selfish thing to do especially when you are with someone you love but it must be done and the analogy here is you need to save yourself first before you can help someone else. As cliché as this may sound, it is like saying you need to have that strong foundation on yourself, love yourself first before you love someone else.

In this life, a few individuals are just simply lucky, some were born with a golden spoon in their mouth or it could be knowledge and valor that make people reach their dreams. Be that as it may, but sometimes we don’t need more information but we actually need more inspiration to be successful. To each his own, I mean we may not agree on some of the things that I mentioned here however, one thing that I think most of us have in common is that we’re so boiled up with our emotions that we forgot to appreciate how beautiful life is. We tend to worry more about some bad things that might not ever actually happen and this won’t do us any good. We go through different heartbreaks, broken families, peer pressures, financial struggles, people coming into our lives and the next thing we know poof, gone. Those are just some of the issues most of us have but it’s okay because that’s life. I’m not telling you to forget all the things that you are going through right now and just go be happy, no.  It’s okay to grieve for some time but eventually, learn to accept that things happen for some reasons, reasons that we might not comprehend at the moment but hope that someday it will all make sense. We can’t do anything to turn back time, change something to keep things from happening or even undo it altogether. Grieve, accept and let go.

images (1)Easier said than done. Yes, I know. Sometimes, we  see ourselves having reasons for not doing things but perhaps they are rather excuses to justify our actions and make ourselves feel better. Maybe some people will say we don’t know where we are heading at or what’s around the corner that awaits us if we do this and that but we can’t see it from here, you know? How would we know what’s around the corner if we don’t take a walk, take a left or right turn and see it for ourselves? We could meet somebody along the way or help someone, someone we haven’t even met yet and a lot of things could happen. All of us have our own different problems, trials, disappointments and failures but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the same capabilities to be better than what we used to be because we do. Maybe what matters most is when we finally decide to give ourselves permission to be happy, permission to do the things that make us happy.

What’s on your list? When will you start ticking the items off on it if not today?

Give yourself a chance to be free of worries and forget about your long-term dreams for a moment because who knows how much time you have left in this world? Maybe if you do that, you’ll realize life is such a beautiful theme park and you’re missing out on a lot of its rides. We may not end up where Sebastian is now or our journey may not turn out the same as his but he’s not yet done with his list and  as of now, the remaining things-to-do doesn’t matter to him anymore as much as it did before because he’s done so much already, he’s met and helped a lot of people along the way but most importantly, he was happy on his journey, euphoric each time he ticked an item off his list. I could go with the simplest goal of just buying myself a bookset and that would give me the same amount of happiness as going on an adventure (I’m not even kidding, well maybe a little 😀!). 5, 50, 100 or a thousand items on your list? It doesn’t matter as long as you are fulfilled and happy each time you put a check mark on the items one by one.

If you like the direction of where you’re going right now, then no problem, just press play and keep going but if what you see where you’re heading at is not where you wanted to be  then there’s no one else that could tweak your path for you, but you.

Go get a pen and paper and start creating your own list, a list of things that you want to do in this life or perhaps things that will definitely make you happy. Make these things happen before it’s too late…

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✔ Here’s to ticking off the items on your list!

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