It's 2019, And Instead Of Resolutions, I'm Making A Lifelong Bucket List

It's 2019, And Instead Of Resolutions, I'm Making A Lifelong Bucket List


"But, for 2019, I promised myself I would learn to love every part of myself whether other people do or not. "

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For me, 2018 was rough. Here's a little backstory. On January 2nd, I turned 18, I graduated High School in May, and by the time I left for college, I'd already lost most of my friends. The first half of the year was good, but then everything began going downhill. But, for 2019, I promised myself I would learn to love every part of myself whether other people do or not.

It's 2019, and instead of resolutions, I'm making a lifelong bucket list. There is so much I want to do with my life, and hopefully, i'll be able to fulfill most of the things on my bucket list. This is just a shortened version.

1. Complete a 50 states trip

I love traveling with my family. Every time we enter a new state on a road trip, my sister and I make my dad stop so we can get a picture in front of a state sign. I really want to make a map of all the pictures.

2. Go on a cruise

I've been on small boats, but never a cruise ship. I want to plan a cruise with some friends to Mexico really bad!

3. Own my dream car

If anyone has seen One Tree Hill, then you know what car I'm talking about. It's a black convertible 1963 Mercury Comet with red leather seats and interior. It's gorgeous.

4. Watch the ball drop in Time Square

Obviously you can tell I love traveling.

5. See a broadway play

Wicked, The Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, I have every soundtrack. I need this to happen.

6. Donate hair to cancer patients

7. Pay off my car

I neeeeeeed to get this done dudes.

8. Go to Disney World

I feel like I'm the only person who's never been.

9. Fly in a hot air ballon 

*and hopefully not fall out.

10. Write on Juliet's wall in Verona

I have wanted to do this ever since watching the movie "Letters To Juliet".

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How Happiness In A Relationship Is So Important

What is the happiness and love that we as individuals deserve when it comes to our relationship?

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It's different for each of us. Some prefer being showered in gifts, being showed off on social media, bragged about to family and friends. But, what is the one thing that all of those have in common?

That would be the unmistakable amount of love your significant other has for you, that they will do anything to show you that they love you unconditionally. We all show our love for one another in various ways. I for one love being shown the love someone else has for me in small things they do.

It could be a simple 'good morning love' text message or even just a hug out of the blue. Knowing that someone cares so deeply about you is one of life's greatest gifts. Knowing that another human being loves you and wants to be with you, it makes us drunk off of love and our heads float up to the stars.

However, when we don't feel that love, that connection, that reassurance from our significant other that they love and care for us back, it can be an extremely overwhelming and a lonely feeling.

We start looking for those feelings and connections elsewhere. In our friends for reassurance if we look good or blowing up their phones for attention.

We start caring about if other people find us attractive or not, we relish in compliments that other people give us. We start looking for that happiness elsewhere. It's not because you stop loving your significant other or stop caring about them, but we as humans need to feel important and like we are needed by another person.

When you stop letting your significant other know how much you care about them or showcasing your love for them, even if it's a simple gesture like holding their hand or holding the door open for them, they will begin to look elsewhere.

Now I am in no way saying that they will cheat on you, but your relationship and their attitude and feelings towards you will never be the same until you start showing them how much they mean to you just as much as they do for you. I don't condone cheaters or staying in a relationship that you are not happy in.

Yes, some relationships go through hard times like distance or a traumatic event. However, the way I see it is if you entered into the relationship, to begin with, you obviously cared about that person a lot and if they show you that they care and love you for the person you are and your past then they deserve the same in return from you.

Relationships are not always easy, they take time, determination, communication, compromise, and love to stay afloat. If one of you isn't willing to give your all and put forth the effort needed then it will never work. A relationship can't be successful if it is only one-sided.

Despite peoples life's being busy on a day to day basis, you need to always find time for your significant other. Because at the end of the day when things hit the fan, your significant other should be the one that will be there no matter what and always be by your side.

All in all, you need to treat each other the way in which you would want to be treated in a relationship and treat them the way they should be treated despite whatever chaos is going on in the world about you. Love is the conquer of all and should never be thrown around or not taken seriously.

Loving someone else is a gift we are given by God and never taken lightly.

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If You Aren't Passionate About Your College Major, Change It

Does it make you happy and excited for the future?

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It may seem like common sense to pursue a major you are passionate about, but it happens much more often than you think. So many people choose their major based on everything except passion. They choose it based on salary, on what their parents want, or for safety and convenience. This shouldn't be the case when determining the path for the rest of your life.

Choose a major based on passion. It may seem difficult to figure out if you're truly passionate about it or not, but don't over complicate it. Ask yourself one simple question: does it make you smile?

It sounds silly to choose your major that will dictate the rest of your life based on that question, but it really is the question you should be asking yourself. Imagine your life five years from now with your current major. Are you imagining headaches and dread? If so, change your major.

You will know when you've chosen the right major for you if you feel happy and excited while picturing yourself working based on your major. This is how you know that you've probably chosen the right path. It may take some time to figure out, and that's okay.

Block out any other factors that aren't based solely on what you want out of life. Why? Because this is YOUR life. It's not your parent's life, it's not your friend's life, it's just yours and it belongs 100% to you.

So, why would you choose a major that doesn't make you excited for the future? Why would you choose a major you aren't passionate about?

Factors like salary, benefits, stability are important and they should be considered down the line, but at the end of the day, if your heart is all in it, success will inevitably follow. If you are worried about choosing a major that might compromise those factors, then worry about it later. Would you be any happier with a job that pays well but makes you unhappy?

Your future career is going to take up a huge portion of your life. It's the thing you'll be doing most of the time. A decision like that needs to be based on passion and happiness. So if you aren't passionate for your major right now, choose one that you are.

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