You must be wondering what’s happening to my bucket list for this year. Well this year I wanted to do things differently and I think I was able to do it to some extent. My idea initially was to do things as they come and then once done add them to my list. As after last year, having achieved so much changed my perspective towards the bucket list concept. I have already done few things this year that I would love to share with you and doing it already as well. I would again categorize my list in terms of body, mind and soul area to balance my actions for this year. Last year was fantastic in terms of the places I travelled, adventures I did, people I met and feeling of peace and calm that I felt.
Travel, Fitness, Food, Learning and miscellaneous – for Mind, Body and Soul
Visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney as I have never been there
Participate in a flash mob
Take Vow of silence a day/ a week / a month
Find 10 fears in myself and overcome some of them (example: approach some one and ask for a coffee date, cycle around Sydney)
Spend a day of gratitude and no transaction of money but rather live like a monk
Buy a car
Get my driving license
Learn to surf
Take an African Safari
Plan Christmas and New Year in some awesome place – yet to decide
Attend a huge rock concert
Go on a sailing trip
Do something for a homeless person
Write list of fears like last year and overcome some of them (insert the link here)
Go on a diving trip
Do 10 things that make you the happiess
Plan to participate in Carnival in Brazil
Create a custom website for my travels and other stuff
Try ice skating
Do something completely spontaneously – may be five thing
Ask a stranger for coffee
Buy someone lunch
Write a book
Make a documentary
Note/ Question: I have updated the list and now its just over 50 so what do you say shall I make it a 100 ??
I would add more items here soon to make it a list of 50 like last year and let’s see how many I can achieve this year 🙂 Wish me luck as I would need some wishes my friends 🙂 And now get ready for an adventurous journey for this year my friend with me where nothing is predictable and anything can happen as this is my life. And as you already know it is full of mysteries to unveil on the way and lot of adventure to see.
I did it. Yay…it was one of the best weekend ever really even though I was sick. As I had so much fun and I think I overdid myself so I couldn’t recover from the cold and infection I had but I don’t really regret it. I had my first race. Although it was a baby run of 5 KM only but it was my first step to any sort of race I would say as I have never run in any race in my life. I wanted to do a half marathan last year but never trained myself for that. But this time it was so much fun with colors and water everywhere. If you have done Colormerad before than you would know what is it all about as it is being held in various parts of the world.
I was there on time (an hour early to register and get my package after online booking). It was a long way away (2.5 hours) to get to the venue. I should have checked the place before signing up – I was told this by my friends which was a good advice. But I could not do the other colour run as I was going to Antarctica that time so this was an awesome opportunity for me to see how I go with running before my next challenge – Spartan (an obstacle course run). Even though it was no where near difficulty wise to Spartan but still it boosted my confidence for my next event for sure and that was enough for me to get going specially when I wasn’t very well for last two days anyways so I think I did ok to run 5 KM in 40 minutes I suppose as we were slowing down at water stations where they were throwing water at you and more so at the colour stations where you had to make sure you don’t open your mouth and also protect your eyes to be able to continue on the race track without any stress.
I hadn’t had so much fun for quiet a long time. There were so many kids in this event as many families were participating. Friends had come in their groups and I was missing mine as my friends were going out of town so they couldn’t be here with me. But the whole atmosphere was just amazing with music, colours, water, smiles and excitement. Before the actual race there was a zumba dance as well that lot of people followed. I couldn’t be a part of it as I took the public transport and I was trying to arrange some place to keep my backpack that I had brought with me with food and spare clothes as there was no bag drop (only issue with this event I felt). But finally I decided to run with my bag when I couldn’t find any solution to this. I was on the first of the three waves (starting 9 , 9:30 and 9:45 AM). And being alone I also managed to get in the front line. And then it started with so many people running towards the first water station and then I realized that it is my first run ever as some of the guys started to take over. And soon I knew that I have to keep up with them not to fall far behind with the rest of the people. So I think I did good as I was at the finish line in 40 minutes or less. Even though it was a fun run with not much longer distance but it was good enough to boost my motivation for longer runs and to train harder. Also I have attached pictures from the event. We had an awesome party with music, more colours and lots of dancing afterwards and around 12:30 I had arrived home after an eventful morning can you imagine. What a awesome way to start Sunday. You would hear a lot more about my upcoming challenges now as this year is going to be the other way around. I don’t have a bucket list but I would have things that I would add to it as I go once I do them and believe me this would be better than ever. As there wouldn’t be a pressure of completing things on the list but there would be joy to share the things I have done and the motivation and spontaneous act of doing things as they come. For example I just became a Guinness world record holder that I would share with you soon with some interesting story behind it.
India is a land of spirituality and festivals. People go to India for different reasons. Some of them are listed here:
Travel a new country
Attend a marriage
Seventh wonder – Taj Mahal
Study – very less
But there is a crazy side of India as well and five of them you can do are listed here.
Diving with elephants – You must have heard of diving with sharks, whales, dolphins and many other sea life creatures, but elephants. Yes, you can do such things in India in Andaman. Its a good location for diving. Emerald Isles is the place where you can either snorkel or dive with this amazing elephant called Rajan.
Feed rats – Don’t throw the food if a rat has bitten it. It doesn’t sound very appealing right, but there is a temple in India where people feed rats and eat the food bitten by rat with high regards. It is a house for more than 20,000 rats and spotting a white rat is considered auspicious for religious purposes.
Self driven car – It’s very unlikely that you will get a car that can drive itself. But something that can never happen anywhere can happen in India. Yes there is a place in Ladakh called Magnetic Hill where if you stop your car and put it to neutral then it will start moving at the speed of 10-20 KM per hour. No it is not a ghost town but there are some
Live in a tree house – Why not, live the dream you had since your childhood and live in the tree house in Kerala. Vythiri Resort provides a comfortable to live in a tree house where you will have all the luxury you can imagine with an amazing view of this bird territory.
Auto-rickshaw race – Now this is not so out-of-the-box after all. But still sounds a bit wired. This challenge is called MUMBAI XPRESS. This 14 days challenge will cover 1900 KM (approx. 1180 miles) and can be done in a team of two. It starts every year in August from Mumbai and ends in July in Chennai. You can see the variety of the geography (from hills to valley and beaches) doing this if you ever fancy going completely crazy. http://www.rickshawchallenge.com/trips/mumbai-xpress/
Everyday we start this race in life and chase from morning to evening not sure what. Stop, wait and give yourself time to think what is that you are racing for and where is that you have to go. Otherwise racing in herd is not going to help you achieve anything really.