A few weeks back, I had a sort of “interview” for a particular business. It wasn’t like a full-time job kind of thing; it’s more of a talk on the proposal of me signing on as a business partner.
Anyway, my “interviewer” asked me things like my hobbies, interests, where do I see myself in 5 years, what do I like to do, what would I like to learn, that sort of casual talk.
About 10-15 minutes into the conversation, he asked me a particular question. Something I wasn’t prepared to answer.
“What do you want to do before you die?”
I didn’t know what to say. To be honest, I haven’t actually given this idea any kind of thought throughout my life. I could list 1-2 things on the spot but that’s all I could think of.
A few days ago, I came across a TED video on “How to skip the Small Talk and Connect with Anyone” by Kalina Silverman. (links at the end of the post). In it, she talks about connecting with anyone, even strangers, when you ask them thought-provoking questions.
She shared a video that she posted to YouTube years back and one of the questions she asked to random people was, you guessed it, “What do you want to do before you die?”
When I saw this, it hit me. I really didn’t know myself as well I hoped I did.
Ever heard of the movie “The Bucket List“? For those who don’t know, it’s a movie about two cancer patients who go on a road trip to fulfill the things they’ve always wanted to do before they eventually die. This sort of a wish list is called a bucket list.
Their wishes ranged from going skydiving, flying over the North Pole, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, and even having a safari in Tanzania. Which are all great things, and also they knew exactly what it is they wanted to do.
What do YOU want to do before you die?
So, do you know what you want to do? It doesn’t have to be as big as in the movie, but like the people in the video, it can be even something like reconciling with your parents or spending time with your family.
Try to make a bucket list. It forces you to learn yourself, what you really want in life and what really makes you happy.
It doesn’t have to be done in one sitting. Keep adding items when it comes to you and keep the list safe. Whenever you get the chance, do each item and check it off the list one by one.
You’ll start learning about yourself and life will be that much more clearer.
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