I thought quarantine would last for a week or two and by the end of the two weeks; I would be back at school, do my exams and welcome the long holiday. I started buying clothes for a holiday to God knows where but the lockdown period just kept on being extended. So I decided that before these clothes stop fitting me, I should start wearing them in the house. The real question then became, should I wear them as I wash the dishes or as I wash my T-shirts for ‘Seng’eng’e ndio ng’ombe.’
And do you know what this story made me think of?
You see I have been meaning to change my entire wardrobe for the longest time ever so that I could at least change up my style and also so that I could be spring-summer-autumn-winter ready (if only I could relate to the four seasons). Aha! Maybe I should say mango season ready for the hot season and uuh what grows in the cold season agriculture students? Anyway, I always forget that this is something I have always wanted to do. In fact, it’s less of forgetting and more of making excuses after excuses. Oh, I don’t have money. Oh, I don’t have time. Oh, this and oh that. I therefore recently decided that out with the mental bucket list and in with a formally written bucket list. Don’t get me wrong, mental bucket lists can work but for me, it wasn’t exactly working out and I’m not trying to look insane. You know why? Because Albert Einstein said ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.’ Ona sasa haujui quote juu kazi ni kuskip quotes kwa Whatsapp status. Are your memes helping you now? Are they?
Back to the topic guys; You might be thinking that bucket lists are a ‘white thing’ or a ‘bougie thing’ but hapo ndio umebunt.
A bucket list equals goal setting. A bucket list equals planning. A bucket list is a goal tracker. A bucket list is a manifestation. And just to reinforce this, I searched for the accurate definition of a bucket list and according to Oxford Dictionary, ‘it is several experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.’ Unataka mfano kwa sentensi? Wacha jokes. Tafuta dictionary na kama ulichoma after high school, please feel ashamed.
Anyway, what I like about this definition is that it says a person, not persons or people but a person (as in singular). Let me even say it in other terms. Hii kitu ni persono. It’s a personal journey between you and your dreams. This means that there is no formula of writing a bucket list. You just have to write what you desire for your own life. It’s such a relief to know that we don’t have to streamline our bucket lists to climbing Mt. Everest, skydiving with Will Smith at Skydive Dubai, going to space or swimming with sharks. Well, if you’re an adrenaline junkie, why not? Let me even add one for you. You can go bungee jumping at Macau Tower which is 764 feet above the ground. I am a thrill seeker (by mouth lol) but even I know that jumping off 764 feet above the ground is playing a very bad game with the gods. I mean, by the time I reach down all my hair would have evaporated haha!
Here’s what I am trying to convey. Your bucket list doesn’t have to be earth-shattering or limited to adventure and travel. It can be as simple as you would want it to be. Cheers to Tarrus Riley for reminding us that ‘the simple things are your blessings’. From the small wins, you are still accomplished and you can still get fulfillment.
I would be doing an injustice if I let this article end without mentioning:
1. Bucket lists are not to-do lists ati 2:00 pm buy Super loaf for super. No-no-no. Bucket lists are a list of things that mean something to you unless bread means the world to you.
2. Do not rule out certain things just because they scare the hell out of you or seem impossible to you. Do you remember how when you were a kid you thought of yourself as fearless and had the power to do anything? Ati mwizi akikuja nitamchapa or how you thought you were Batman or Superman? Don’t let go of that fearlessness.
I know we are adulting and reality might be kicking in real quick at Kipchoge km/hr and so many things seem impossible/too difficult, but resist that fear. Seek discomfort! The Comfort zone is not doing anything for you. Well, the only thing it’s doing is hogging you up from so many beautiful opportunities. Now, do we want that?
Then oi mate; let’s get down to business. Write that bucket list up! Guess what the best part of it is…ticking off your bucket list!