This is the first truth I came to when I started re-examining my life list. I always want to be striving to do more, learn more, experience more. I always want to be greedy for magic, for knowledge, for a chance to see the world anew.
My theme for the month is "listing"–life listing to be more specific. I'm focusing on re-examining and re-imagining my life list. Yesterday I finished a week long class on developing a life list taught by the always amazing Go Mighty team (specifically Sarah Bryden-Brown). I truly believe in life lists. I've had mine for years (known around here as Aurora), and in many ways this blog is a symbol for my active attempt to live the life I dream and to actively pursue the type of things that would belong on a life list.
The class helped me to think about my assumptions and really question the ways I have previously thought about a life list. They will be teaching the class again in March, and I highly recommend it. If you're interested in getting your life list started, or you want to refresh a list you've already started, head over to Go Mighty and get started! Follow me on Go Mighty at Not Merely Living.
One of my favorite things that Sarah told us to help us think about how what should belong on our lists was this:
What's your question? She challenged us to think of a question that would help us to identify the goals for our lists. Her question is a great one:
Is this something that will create a random path in my life?
Mine came to me as: Does this fall in line with my Life Manifesto?
Soooooo I don't have one of these yet (a life manifesto), but I'm going to write one. I truly believe this is a key question for me> What are the core values that I use to evaluate my own happiness? My Life Manifesto should clearly encapsulate that.
What is a Life Manifesto you might wonder? I think it's a set of principles that define how you (I) want to live your (my) life. I'm not sure what mine are exactly yet, but I've got some ideas rumbling around in my mind. I just suddenly realized that I should have like a mission/vision statement for my life! Why not, right?! This could help me to not only focus my life list, but also lots of other decisions that I make. So I've got it started, and I'm planning to finish writing it over the next few weeks and then share it with you all.
Are you interested in writing your own Life Manifesto in March? Leave a comment below so that I can root you on!
There are some new items on the list thanks to the class, and I've changed a few around. Here's the new and improved Aurora (aka my life list):
write a life manifesto
write a the book
memorize my favorite poems
drink champagne under the eiffel tower
build a disaster preparedness kit
live without clutter (for one month)
leave all of my worldly possessions and travel
organize my financial information
organize all of my photos so that they are searchable
make a book bucket list: A-G
hike Machu Piccu
eat pizza in italy
practice Tae Kwon Do again
print a photo a day for a year
drive down the California coast
make art for our home
write a list of all of my favorite card games and document the rules
declutter our apartment
to all seven continents (three down)
to Easter Island
on a trip without a destination
on an adult Scavenger Hunt
to lead rock climb
to speak vietnamese
to speak Italian
to cook 30 key meals (a month's worth)
to drive a motorcycle or scooter
to make my own piece of furniture
to knit socks
to scuba dive
to use my sewing machine like my grams
to line dance
to be a really good poker player
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