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Crushing Fears, Riding The Bull and Hitting Delete

Every Friday I share 3 blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading and think you will to. The posts are from my collection of Bucket List Blogs that I recommend you take the time to read.

Today is my last day at work before I start my weeks annual leave (yay!) I’ve not made any plans other than I’m going to spend some much needed time with my family. Reading the bucket list blogs this week has got my adventure juices flowing and I hope to get something crossed off my list, no matter how small. In the mean time enjoy the 3 posts I have for you this week.

Crushing Fears

Earlier in the week I talked about the reasons why I couldn’t be a Bucket List Hero and one of those reasons was being scared and not being able to face my fears. Annette from Bucket List Journey recently over came FIVE FEARS to to go on amazing adventure in Africa with people she had never met before! Her time in Africa provided a good tale to tell on its own and made it incredible to hear what she overcame. Read Go on an African Safari in Tanzania.

Riding The Bull

This is another blog post from Lesley over at Bucket List Publications, but it’s difficult to not feature her when she is leading such an awesome life at the moment. This time she was white water rafting with friends, which is something that’s on my bucket list. I loved reading her desciption of riding the rapids, including riding the bull. Read Most Sportsmen Like on the Colorado River.

White Water Rafting

Hitting Delete

My friend Elle over at Veni Vidi Vici has recently turned 30 (HAPPY BIRTHDAY) and as such has found herself re-evaluating her bucket list. I’m sure everyone re-evaluates their life in one form or another, especially when you reach a milestone like the BIG 3-0. Bucket List Heroes are no different and I think it’s healthy to let go of old goals that no longer hold any meaning and embrace the new dreams that inspire you. Read Reevaluating My Bucket List.

Which of your fears have you faced recently?

Have you ever ridden the white water bull?

What have you deleted from your bucket list?

What ever you do remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

PS: Is there a blog you think worthy of my bucket list blogs collection? Contact me or leave a comment and let me know.

Image: White Water Rafting (Razvan Orendovici)

7 Reasons Why I Can’t Be A Bucket List Hero

Wouldn’t it be great to be a Bucket List Hero? Traveling the world, eating exotic foods, having epic adventures, facing your fears and living life to the full! I can dream, but I can give you 7 reasons why I can’t be a Bucket List Hero.

A Fallen Hero

Jessica was my first Bucket List Hero because she is making the time to do the things she wants to do and not become old and boring.

John Goaddard is the greatest Bucket List Hero ever because he did the near impossible to complete almost everything on his life list.

Alice was a true Bucket List Hero because when all seemed lost, she inspired the world with her story as she made her dreams a reality.

Not me.

I spent years battling procrastination and losing myself in a digital world, which lead me to waiting 16 long years before I finally ran the marathon that started my bucket list story. When I’d finally built up steam and was blitzing my quest of 101 things in 1001 days, I gave up. This isn’t really the story of a Bucket List Hero. Is it?

It’s Not My Fault

You can’t blame me that I’m not a Bucket List Hero.

It’s not my fault that I’ve been dealt a s**t hand.

I’ve tried. Really I have. It’s just too hard.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be the hero and tell you my stories of adventure. I want to be the one to complete my bucket list and inspire you to do the same. I dream of doing the impossible because I know I can. I’m just not that lucky.

7 Reasons Why I Can’t Be A Bucket List Hero

If you don’t believe its not my fault and I’m just unlucky then I can tell you why I can’t be a Bucket List Hero.

  1. I have no money – In fact I have less than no money because I am in debt up to my eyeballs! It doesn’t matter how many life and travel hacks you know or how many things on your list you can do completely free; your biggest dreams often cost money and normally lots of it. If you haven’t got it, you can’t do it.
  2. I have no time – Because I have no money I’m currently working all day every day, trying to earn enough money to get back on track. Besides there are only 24 hour in a day and I’m at work for 12 hours, an hour traveling to and from work, another hour walking the dog, plus time to sort the kids, cook dinner, do the jobs round the house, see the other half and get some sleep. With the time that’s left I might as well watch TV!
  3. I have kids – I could say it’s the kids fault that I have no money and I have no time, but it’s not their fault it’s mine. But, having 3 beautiful daughters means they have a huge demand on my time and quite rightly so. Their kids and they want to spend time with their Dad now so that when their big enough they can fly the nest and have their own adventures. I couldn’t possibly make time for me and show them how to not give up on your dreams.
  4. I’m out of shape – You can’t expect me to run a marathon, climb mountains or to get a six-pack if I’m not fit enough. I’m not an athlete. Did you not read my list above? I have no money to go to the gym. I have no time to exercise like a pro. I can’t eat healthy because my kids don’t like it. Yes I could try to fit in walks and runs and the odd push up here and there, but I won’t get fit that way, so why bother.
  5. I’m a perfectionist – If I can’t do it right, then I might as well not do it. I mean who gets it right first time? Nobody that’s who! I’ve not got the time to work at it, learn from my mistakes and make it perfect. If I have got time then I’m going to read every book out their to perfect the theory before I give it a try. After all it’s the end result that matters not the fun you have along the way.
  6. I don’t know how – I don’t know where to go to learn sign language. I don’t know what I need to be able to take motor bike lessons. I don’t know how much money I need to take my family to Disney Land. I don’t know who still knows the art of the traditional cut-throat shave. I just don’t know! It’s not like there’s a magical device that can answer all of your questions within seconds.
  7. I’m scared – I’m scared of getting it wrong and being laughed at. I’m frightened to face my fear and become stronger for it. I’m scared of stepping outside my comfort zone and finding greatness. It’s safer not to bother.

F**k It!

I’m going to save my money.

I’m going to simplify my life.

I’m going to involve my kids.

I’m going to get fit.

I’m going to give it go.

I’m going to learn how.

I’m going to face my fear.

F**k it! I’m going to fulfill my epic destiny and become a legendary Bucket List Hero!

Leave a comment with one reason why you’re not a Bucket List Hero and how you’re going to overcome it.

Remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

 

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Image: A Fallen Hero (dailyinvention)

Stuffed Pigeon, Water Torpedo’s and Summer’s Nearly Over

Every Friday I share 3 blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading and think you will to. The posts are from my collection of Bucket List Blogs that I recommend you take the time to read.

With working 70+ hours this week I’ve been  glad to escape on my breaks in to a world of fun and adventure reading the bucket list stories in my reader. I hope you enjoy these 3 as much as I did.

Stuffed Pigeons

I love trying new foods and take pride in trying strange foods to my families disgust. CeCe didn’t paint a pretty picture in this post, but it wasn’t enough to put me off and add eat stuffed pigeon to my bucket list.

Water Torpedo’s

Me and Katie (my second daughter) are often called water babies because once we’re in the pool we never want to get out. It was no surprise then that I loved this story by Lesley at the water park. Kamikaze drops, torpedo’s and water; what more do you want?

Summer’s Nearly Over

I started Bucket List Heroes to try and inspire my family to start their own bucket lists and find adventure in their lives just like Alice. Alice’s sister Milly is continuing in her footsteps and is planning on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which is amazing for a 15 year old. Read this to find out how she has remembered her sister.

Sun Set

What do you think of these bucket list blog posts? What have been your favourite stories of the week? Leave a comment and share them with us all.

Remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

PS: Is there a blog you think worthy of my bucket list blogs collection? Contact me and let me know.

Image: Sun Set (Saad Faruque)

Clare Discovers Stone Henge

Following on from  Clare’s 40 things to do before she’s 40 bucket list I decided I wanted to grant my first Bucket List Wish. At the top of the list was to visit Stone Henge, so that’s where I sent her. Here’s Clare’s story.

Sunrise Through Stone Henge

So, when starting my list of things to do before I’m 40, the first thing I thought of was Stone Henge. I’ve lived in Warminster for 7 years, drove past thousands of times and yet never been round. The truth is I didn’t really know anything about it. All I knew was there were some old stones that millions of people go crazy to see. I’ve often laughed as we’ve driven past “Look at all those crazy people. There just stones!” I’ve always said I think it’s a place where they did rituals and sacrifice; why would anyone worship it?

I finally went to see what all the fuss was about thanks to my brother getting me tickets for my birthday. I have to be honest it was brilliant! I really enjoyed it and the stones look so much more amazing close up than they do when you drive past. I can now see why people come to look and maybe I won’t laugh every time I go past now. In saying that once you’ve been once its not the sort of place you’d go again; its a one-off thing to do.

I was fascinated to find out how they got there and why? But the answer is no one really knows, it’s guess work. There are lots of myths, which who knows maybe true? While listening to my headset they said “on your left is the sacrifice stone” and to be honest that confirmed it for me. It looks like a place where cults would meet, worship and yes I believe sacrifice.

That said it was fascinating and I can imagine it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set through the stone pillars. So, now I understand more why millions come to see the summer solstice; I bet it’s amazing, mind you I still don’t think I’d want to go. So, now the only thing I’ll laugh at as I go by is the druids, as to be honest I still don’t see what they worship and it all still seems a bit crazy to me.

Stone henge was better than I imagined it to be and I enjoyed it. Thanks brov for your help and the inspiration. That’s the first thing from my list done and just 39 to go I can’t wait ;-)

I’m really pleased that I could grant this Bucket List Wish for Clare and her family. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next. If you want to follow my sister and her adventures then you will need to subscribe to Bucket List Heroes by emailTwitter or Facebook because she doesn’t have her own blog. I hope you all enjoyed it and if you have your own bucket list or story you would like to share then please contact me.

Image: Sunrise Through Stone Henge (joelrivlin)

Motivational Interviews, Talk Shows and Growing Up

Every Friday I share 3 blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading and think you will to. The posts are from my collection of Bucket List Blogs that I recommend you take the time to read.

I didn’t share anything last week because I posted a 5 part series about my bucket list story (yes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!) That made picking just 3 stories to share with you this week even harder. Here are the 3 I’ve picked.

Motivational Interviews

I give you 2 for the price of 1 with this shout out. It’s not a blog post I know, but its to good a video to miss. I’ve followed Annette for a little while now and I’ve only just discovered Trav, but the video of these 2 Bucket List Heroes is sure to inspire you.

Talk Shows

Yes we have a Bucket List Hero who’s made it on to TV! Danny Dover asked and asked and asked until someone finally said yes to interview him on TV. As you can see here, Danny took his chance and crushed it.

Growing Up

I really liked this post by my friend Elle over at VVV. If you’ve followed Elle you’d know she had big plans to travel the world and now in this post she explains why that’s all changed, but she’s not given up on her bucket list.

What do you think of these bucket list blog posts? What have been your favourite stories of the week? Leave a comment and share them with us all.

Remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

PS: Is there a blog you think worthy of my bucket list blogs collection? Contact me and let me know.

 

Clare’s 40 Things To Do Before She’s 40

This blog is called Bucket List Heroes because I don’t want it to be all about me. I want to use this blog to help inspire my family and others to create their own bucket list and then get it done. I couldn’t be more proud to say that the first person I’ve inspired to create their own bucket list is my sister, Clare and I’ve been able to persuade her to share her list and hopefully her future story. Enjoy!

So, I turned 30!! To be honest I don’t feel any different than I did at 29. All my friends seemed to hate turning 30; they got upset and said they felt old. I’ve felt fine. I haven’t been worried. Its just a number.Then it happened.

Clare West

I felt really down the last few weeks, not sure why. Maybe a mixture of everything? Partly that feeling of getting old! So, I’ve decided to start my list of things to do before I’m 40. Why am I doing it? Because being 30 has made me realise I’m not old, but time flies by and I don’t make enough time for me or my dreams. You only live once and I’m going to try and do all the things that I want to; whether it’s trying something new, doing something that scares me or just doing something because it sounds like fun. Now the hard part is making the list.

Where to start?I want my list to be achievable. I don’t mind hard work or a challenge, but I want to be able to work through the whole list before I’m 40, so, it has to be realistic at the same time. This is harder than I thought it’d be. Gets you thinking what do I want to do? What haven’t I done? Where do I want to go? I’ve done a lot of things so far in life that I’m proud of and I’ll list them to hopefully get me thinking and inspire me for my list.

  • Meet a nice man and settle down and of course get married – This is on every girls list and I’m very lucky to say I met an amazing man who is now my husband.
  • Have children – I’ve got the most wonderful little girl who I’m very proud of.
  • Enjoy being a teenager – Well where do I start? I have no regrets and I had a great time doing some crazy things, but I enjoyed every minute ;-)
  • Learn to drive – This was really hard for me, but I did it.
  • Move away from home – I didn’t think I’d cope so far from mum and even though it’s still hard some days, I’ve done it. I’m stronger than I give myself credit for.
  • Get a qualification – This was really hard for me because I hated school and collage was torture, but I made it in the end.

So, here it goes 40 things to do before I’m 40.

  1. Go round Stone Henge – As I’ve lived here for 7 years drove past it hundreds of times so it’s time I had a walk around and see what all the fuss is about.
  2. Do a parachute jump – As I’ve always wanted to do it.
  3. STOP SMOKING!!!
  4. Get fit and run a half marathon with my big bro as he’s the one who inspired me to start my list – As I really enjoy running and spinning, but lack motivation to keep it up as much as I’d like.
  5. Go on one amazing family holiday to Disney Land or Lap Land – I’ve always wanted to go since I was a kid, but now having Summer I’d love to go even more just to see her face ;-)
  6. Try lobster – I’ve always wanted to just never got round to it.
  7. Not to worry so much about the little things so going to try yoga not sure if it will work but I’m going to try!!
  8. Make more time for me – Once a week I’m going to have just an hour on my own and relax.
  9. Do something for the Help For Heroes charity maybe my parachute jump - My husband is in the army so this charity is very important to me.
  10. Try a steak that’s pink in the middle - As I always say I hate it, but the truth is I’ve never tired!!
  11. Go and see a psychic -I’ve always thought about it, but chickened out. I’m booked in to see psychic sally in November so this one will been done soon.
  12. Eat only McDonald for a day – Yes crazy I know, but I love McD’s so really just have to do it ;-)
  13. Not eat take away for 40 days and nights – Sounds easy, but not for me. I love all types of fast food so this is going to be a challenge.
  14. Go paint balling – Think I may regret this one, but it’s a must do.
  15. Go camping – I hate the idea of it, but as I said my husband is army and he’s been trying to take me for years!!
  16. Own a convertible
  17. Go and watch banger racing – We went as kids and it was great fun. Need to go again and see if it’s as good now I’m older.
  18. Watch the sunset
  19. Watch the sun rise
  20. Take my mum to bingo – I’ve been trying for years!!

I’m half way there but this is harder than I imagined it to be. I’m glad I’m doing it though. Its got me thinking because some things are so simple, yet I’ve never done them. Why?

  1. Read Georges Marvelous Medicine to Summer – This was my favorite story as a kid and would love to see if she agrees.
  2. Go to a concert with my husband
  3. Stay up all night and watch the Friday the 13th films
  4. Eat out in a famous restaurant – Something everyone should do once.
  5. Go to see the Starlight Express musical again with my mum – This was the best musical I’ve ever seen, mum took me for my 13th birthday and I’d love to take her and see it again.
  6. Take Summer to see a musical in London – An experience I’d love to share with her.
  7. Go horse riding – I’ve wanted to do it for years but always been to scared.
  8. Be a veggie for a week – I think this might be hard for me as I eat a lot of meat.
  9. Start a swear box – This is going to be really hard and it’ll leave me skint!
  10. Send a message in a bottle
  11. Master the art of Kama Sutra – this one will be fun ;-)
  12. Keep a dream diary – This could be interesting to look back on.
  13. Make a time capsule
  14. Research my family tree – Something I’ve always wanted to do.
  15. Grow something from a seed with my little girl
  16. Go ghost hunting – Love the idea of this and being scared to death.
  17. Lead my family through a hedge maze – Think this will be good fun.
  18. Write a letter for my daughter, to give her on her 18th
  19. Save a life by giving blood, register as an organ donor and sign up to the bone marrow register
  20. White water rafting – this one makes me scared and excited!

Now let the fun begin ;-)

That’s an awesome list and I can’t wait to see Clare’s bucket list story unfold. If you want to follow my sister and her adventures then you will need to subscribe to Bucket List Heroes by emailTwitter or Facebook because she doesn’t have her own blog. I hope you all enjoyed it and if you have your own bucket list or story you would like to share then please contact me.

My Epic Destiny

A heroes origin story is arguably the most captivating and inspiring. Its the story of how a regular Joe Bloggs over comes the troubles in their life to become a true hero and discover their epic destiny. Why should a Bucket List Hero be any different?

My first Bucket List Hero, started their list in high school, but it wasn’t until some years later that she discovered the book that would change her life forever. John Goddard only dreamed of a life of adventure until that fateful day in his kitchen when he heard his father talking about a life of disappointment and it lit a fire inside of him, which turned him in to the greatest Bucket List Hero ever. Alice was a true Bucket List Hero because it wasn’t until she was told she was beaten that she really began to dig in and fight back, inspiring the world with her story.

I don’t consider myself as a Bucket List Hero (not yet at least), but I do have a bucket list and I do have a story to tell.

My Story

Vintage Libro

It was when I was 16 that I decided that I was going to run a marathon and I added a handful of other things to my bucket list, but I never wrote it down. Over the next few years I played basketball a lot, had children and played computer games more and more. In 2005 I became addicted to World of Warcaft and thought less and less about my bucket list, basketball and my family.

After losing 4 years of my life, I was given 101 Things To Do Before You Die by Richard Horne (this is an affiliate link, but its not for experienced Bucket List Heroes) and I began to actively chase a bucket list life. I discovered the world of blogging and the bucket list community, which inspired me  to do more with my life. It was a couple of years later when I discovered the Day Zero Project that I kicked things in to gear and I finally ran my marathon.

Things slowed down in the year that followed. It wasn’t until I tried to encourage my kids to stop sitting around and to do more with their life that I realised I wasn’t leading by example. Now I’m searching for Bucket List Heroes around the world to inspire and teach me how to do the same, in the hope I can do the same for my children.

or…

My Epic Destiny

Weapons of Destiny

I was a shy young boy at the start of my bucket list story, when the first few seeds of inspiration were being planted in the back of my mind. With dreams of a great destiny and the belief that anything was possible; I set off in to the world without any knowledge of what I had to do or how. Without any guidance I was sabotaged repeatedly and nearly lost my battle with Procrastination.

It took me exactly 13 years of suffering to understand the enemy I faced and it was then I discovered The Bucket List Book. This book opened my eyes to a world of Bucket List Heroes who inspired me and guided me to action. One by one I learned how to use the weapons I needed to defeat Procrastination and I began my quest of 101 thing in 1001 days.

I now know its my destiny to become a legendary Bucket List Hero and to leave behind a an epic tale of adventure to inspire others.

What’s Your Epic Destiny?

I’d love to hear about the origins of your bucket list story and how you see your epic destiny being told. Leave a comment below to share it with everyone.

Whatever your destiny is remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

PS. Are you a Bucket List Hero? Then contact me and tell me your story.

PSS. A BIG thank you to Steve Kamb who inspired me to write my own epic destiny.

Images: Vintage Libro (Guian Bolisay), Weapons of Destiny (DWL Jutes 2 / Bill)

101 Things In 1001 Days

Bucket lists are for those people who know what they want to do before they die. 101 Things in 1001 Days is for the people who don’t want to wait a lifetime.

101 Things in 1001 Days isn’t my idea, but the brainchild of Michael Green the founder of The Day Zero Project. Since being given the bucket list book I’d discovered lots of different types of bucket lists, life lists, things to do before you die, things to do before your old and boring, things before you 20, 30, 40 and beyond. Michael’s idea resonated with me and this is how he explains it.

“Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.”

~Michael Green

www.101things1001days.com

I started my quest on the 18 June 2011 and I created a blog to record my story. I was super motivated and quickly put together a list of 101 things to do using ideas the bucket list book, as well as my own. There was a mixture of small to big goals for me to work on, not forgetting the goal from the start of my bucket list story, to run a marathon.

I had worked out that I needed to complete 1 goal every 10 days and I’d completed 15 in the first 150 days, which was bang on target. In that time I’d done things like go skinny dipping, have a tarot card reading, camp in the back garden and hold a snake. I’d started to take action. I’d started to complete the things that I’d spent a lifetime putting off.

Things started to go wrong.

I started to look at the list I’d created and ask myself why had I added this item and that? Partly because I put my list of 101 things together with very little thought and partly because I’d grown as a person with each new experience. I began to stop getting things done and started to waste time trying to perfect my list and changing my blog.

Changing The Rules Of The Game

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time

The idea of Day Zero Project is to write a list of 101 things to do and I now had a list of things I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to do. One of my items had become near on impossible to do because I couldn’t get any tickets to go to the London Olympic Games. I couldn’t even watch the Knicks play at the Garden during my trip to New York because of the NBA lock-out!

I wanted to make my 101 Things in 1001 Days quest more flexible and I had two choices: allow myself to swap and change my list as I saw fit or remove the list completely.

What?!?!?!?

A Bucket List Hero without a list?

Had the world gone mad?

Let me explain. When I started the Day Zero Project my goal was to complete 101 things and that hasn’t changed. If I’m going to change my list by removing one goal to replace it with another, then why have a list? Why not just follow my dreams? Why not just do what I’m passionate about and what life has to offer me at the time? I couldn’t find an answer and I threw my list in the bin.

I continued to work towards completing my 101 things in 1001 days and recorded new experiences on my completed list. The project didn’t slow down either because 300 days in to the project I’d added 32 achievements. My accomplishments didn’t become any less fun or amazing; I’d gone to the top of the Empire State Building, shouted at the world with my kids, rode a zip-line through the trees and even ran across the Olympic finish line!

And on the 27 May 2012 I finally ran my marathon!

My Marathon

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

My marathon was over, my blog was closed down and the list was in the bin; 101 Things in 1001 Days started to become a distant memory. I was still conscious of my new experiences and made the most of any opportunity that came my way. But, the rate I was having adventures had started to slow down and was almost to the point of stopping.

I was beginning to lose my battle with procrastination again. I made the excuse that the real goal of the project was to finally run a marathon, which was a BIG part of it, but it wasn’t the only reason I started the project. I started to watch crap TV and playing computer games, and just like that over a year went by with only a handful of new experiences.

It Isn’t Over Until Its Over

I might be idle, but I’m not a quitter!

The deadline for my 101 Things in 1001 Days quest is the 15 March 2014. I’ve still got time to rack up enough new experiences to achieve my 101 goal. I’ve also got a 2 prong attack with actively chasing the things on my bucket list and passively accepting the opportunities that come my way.

Bring it on!

Leave A Comment

What do you think of the Day Zero Project?

How many times have you completed 101 Things in 1001 Days?

When have you almost quit something you shouldn’t?

Remember we’re not dead yet?

Simply Paul

PS. Are you a Bucket List Hero? Then contact me and tell me your story.

PSS. Follow me today by email, Twitter or Facebook and don’t miss the final part of my bucket list story: My Epic Destiny

Images: One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time (Kate Ter Haar), My Marathon

The Bucket List Book

On the 25 December 2009 I was given a gift from my daughters that would change my life forever. I unwrapped the present to discover a book that would give me the biggest and most well deserved kick up the backside of my life!

101 Things To Do Before You Die by Richard Horne.

Here was a fun little book with 101 bucket list ideas and lists. It didn’t take itself too seriously and gave a short blurb why you should want to do each of these things before you die. It even gave you a page for each goal to record details of your achievement and a page of stars to reward yourself.

This fun little book was about to get serious.

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

Immediately I started flicking through the pages to see how many things I’d done already and I was disappointed to find that at 29 years of age I could only cross 6 things off the list. ONLY 6 THINGS!!! That’s awful and what made it worse was my eldest daughter Amy was able to cross more things off the list than me

I was less adventurous than a 10 year old girl!

I put the title of the book in to Google and was amazed at what I found. I discovered for the first time the world of blogging and more importantly a huge community of bucket list bloggers. This is when I discovered my first Bucket List Hero, Jessica and I was inspired to start getting things done for myself.

Taking Action

If I wasn’t disappointed enough already by how little I had achieved, then this little book would put the boot in once more and remind me that after 13 years I still hadn’t run my marathon. If the marathon was the start of my bucket list story, then 101 Things To Do Before You Die was what kicked it in to gear. The first thing I did was to start a blog in the hope of putting a star in the book for number 91. Publish a Cult Website.

That year I started and stopped about 6 different blogs about my bucket list book, but it didn’t matter because at least I was beginning to take action. I started to learn how to wield my newly equipped weapons (Battle Cry of Bucket Listing, Great Shield of Blogging and the Mighty Sword of Action) in my battle with procrastination.

I started to complete a few things and more importantly I gained the support of my family. It was my 30th birthday a few months after I’d received the book and my family surprised with the chance to jump out of a plane. This was huge! I’d only been trying to cross little things off the list and now I got to do something incredible like number 28. Sky Dive.

The Book Today

101 Things To Do Before You Die

This fun little bucket list book really did change my life and although I’ve moved on and created my bucket list, I still keep it. Every now and then I’ll flick through the pages for inspiration and even see if there is anything else I can stick a star on. More importantly I use it as a reminder that there’s still lots I want to get done before I die.

If your a seasoned Bucket List Hero then the book probably isn’t for you. If you’re new to bucket lists or there’s someone you think needs some help getting off their butt to start living their life, then this book will help you get started. I only recommend buying 101 Things To Do Before You Die (and yes this is an affiliate link) because it really did change my life for the better.

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What is your bucket list book of choice?

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Simply Paul

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My Battle With Procrastination

I’ve been battling with procrastination for many years, since the start of my bucket list story at 16.

So skilled was the beast that for a long time I didn’t even realise I was in a fight, let alone losing. Instead it slowly drained all of the adventure and ambition from my soul as I watched the days of my life pass by. But, I was satisfied with what I had…

STOP.

Satisfied!?!

Really?!?

Who wants to be satisfied with life?

Not me.

I want to be HAPPY with my life!

A Losing Battle

The problem is at the age of 25 I still didn’t have a plan, my bucket list was still in my head and I still hadn’t run my marathon. Instead I was sinking further and further in to debt, giving up more and more of the real world and losing hour after hour of my life to computer games. In fact I was addicted and I knew it.

I’d always played computer games and spent a lot of time playing around on the computer, but never really created anything worth while. I balanced it out with lots of basketball and stayed in reasonable shape, but this took up a lot of my time. With so much of my time being dedicated to basketball and computer games, I had very little time left for anything else.

Procrastination was winning, in fact it was tightening its hold on me and sunk its claws deeper in. Then came the almost killer blow, when I discovered the World of Warcraft. I was on the verge of defeat as everything suffered at the hand of this game; my relationships, work, fitness and basketball all took a turn for the worse.

The Turn Of The Tides

WOW Battle

With all of this going on my bucket list had become a distant memory. All I dreamed about now was exploring a world of colourful graphics, increasing the fake gold in my fake bank and killing the imaginary beasts over and over again to make me stronger. But, had procrastination finally made a mistake?

World of Warcaft took up a lot of my time; I’d given up years of my life to the game. It also introduced me to epic adventures, lists upon lists of goals and achievements, and the idea of levelling up my life. I began to wake up to my addiction and wanted to have some real adventures.

I quit playing World of Warcraft and then went back to playing it, several times over the years. Each time I became stronger than before and I actually started to fight back against procrastination. Little by little I started to find the weapons I needed to fight back.

With the Battle-Cry of Bucket Listing, I struck fear in to the heart of the beast.

With the Great Shield of Blogging, I pushed back the threat of procrastination.

With the Mighty Sword of Action, I cut deep in to the monster to claim a victory.

My battle with procrastination is far from over. Like an ancient hydra, it has many heads to attack you with and as you defeat one it comes back with double the trouble. Today the battle continues as it did when I was 25, but the difference is that I know I’m in a fight.

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What do you struggle with?

Do you struggle with procrastination?

What do you do to keep the beast at bay?

Keep fighting and remember we’re not dead yet!

Simply Paul

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