The ‘Before I Die’ List

Hope you are in superb spirits today. It’s a fresh sunny day at Bangalore. Been reading ‘Conaty’s The Talent Masters’ and getting tons and tons of insights on rare air performance from it. Reading is such a game changer. Yes? My friend tells me “Priya, if you have to, cut back on other things. But always fill your life with books. The insights you get from them stays till eternity”. Grabbed a cup of coffee, at my desk and wanted to share a powerful idea with all of you.

Excited about all that is coming up this year:-

  • My tests on Music lessons this October
  • Family time with my parents and relatives
  • Tax Audit season with lots of learning in store in September
  • Fly to Northern India by year end for official purpose
  • Get world class at Creativity and Journaling

I am also taking stock of my Big 3 ( the 3 main things that I need to get done for me to feel this year was my best one yet) auditing my values and  habits and reviewing my game plans for my personal/professional  life.

Which brings me to the main idea of today’s post: Our Priorities, Building your daily life around your deepest priorities.

There is no point spending your finest hours climbing mountains, only to realize at the end  of the year/decade/life you have climbed the wrong one. It is foolish to invest your best days pursuing ideals that later turn out to be success according to someone else’s definition rather than your own.But in this Age of Dramatic Distraction–where so many of us are in a constant state of relentless stimulation over things that–ultimately–will have amounted to nothing, this way of thinking is rare. And for a lot of us, it takes a defining event like the loss of a loved one or a personal brush with death to wake us up … to what that matters most.

It happened to Ted Leonsis, the Vice-Chairman of Groupon…He used to run AOL. He writes good books. And, from all accounts, he’s a decent person.And his “101 Things to Do Before I Die” list is pretty well known.

Leonsis was on a flight a few years ago when the pilot announced something none of us ever wants to hear on a flight: that the plane was in serious trouble, all recovery measures had failed and all passengers had 35 minutes left to live.

So Leonsis prepared to die.

And as he did, he reflected on what truly mattered. On all the potential he still had left to spend, on all the achievements he still had left to do and on all the joys he still had left to experience.

Fortunately, the plane didn’t crash.

Shortly after it landed, Leonsis took out a piece of paper and scribbled the 101 goals he promised himself he’d reach before the end of his life.

So far, Leonsis has managed to check off 74 out of his 101 “To Dos Before I Die”……and live a life he loves.

Here you go, some of my entries in my ” To do Before I die” Bucket list:

  • Cuddle under the stars
  • Feel beautiful
  • Have a book with all my favorite quotes
  • Give people a reason to remember  my name
  • Change someone’s life
  • Be kissed unexpectedly
  • Get an infinity tattoo
  • Get tattoo of my favorite quote
  • Own a Photo printer
  • Watch a Bale dance
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Go to new York on New years’s eve
  • Record a song in a studio
  • Be on the cover of a magazine
  • Mean everything to someone
  • Touch their hand during a concert
  • Attach a lock to the love bridge
  • Experience Gujarat Rann Utsav
  • Go on a long vacation with my Dad and Mom
  • Go sky diving
  • Sleep on the beach
  • Hold a baby turtle

So may I suggest, that in this world where so many people are following the herd and swiftly moving in circles, you rise from the crowd and get uber-clear on what you really want your days to stand for–by writing your own “ Things To Do Before I Die” list. And above all else, then start living it. Today.Cheers


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