Bucket List

Before the movie “The Bucket List,” which came out 2007/08, I never thought of organizing a list of things I would like to do. It was a new word for me, and the concept was fascinating. My bucket list, or Wishlist as I called it, was elaborate, and I can happily say that most of the items are signed off. There is one last trip I wanted to do, but unfortunately, it is no longer possible.

I wanted to travel one last time to Brussels and Paris to see dear friends. It appears that this is no longer possible, but I don’t readily accept “not possible.” In one of my meditations, the thought popped up that I could make this trip in my mind. I did, and it was amazing and rewarding. In case you have something on your bucket list which you don’t think you will be able to experience, I will share a summary of this mental adventure with you and invite you to go on a trip with me. When you do your mental exercise, it doesn’t have to be a trip. It can be anything. You decide.

Sit comfortably in an undisturbed place, feel your surroundings, quiet your mind, and breath slowly and deeply. See yourself in your home as you finish packing and get ready to leave for your trip. Close your suitcase, look around and go to the waiting car service, which will take you to the airport. Enjoy the ride, allow your feelings of anticipation to fill your heart. Arriving at the airport, check-in, then go through the security check, find your gate, and take a seat. Look around at your fellow travelers and feel the joy, that soon you will see your dear friends. Boarding is called, and you settle into your assigned seat. All is set for a smooth ride. Enjoy a book or a movie, and see your friends waiting for you at the destination. The plane is descending, you tighten your seat belt and get a glimpse of the airport below. With your carry-on luggage in tow, you reach the exit, and your friends are waiting, hugging and crying.

Can you feel it? Can you see it in your mind? The rest is up to your imagination. Make it as colorful as you can and take your mental trip as often as you wish. Play it in as many details as you can imagine. It is your adventure!

I took the metaphor of a trip because that’s my experience and an open item on my bucket list. Look at yours, and you’ll likely find a wish that might no longer be possible in the real world, and that’s the one you can live and enjoy in your mind.

Have fun with it, be as creative as you want to be, and adding some humor does wonders! If it makes you laugh, even better.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com



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6 Responses to “Bucket List”

  1. Avatar Craig

    Hi Silvia,

    What makes THIS story so special is there are millions of people that cannot afford, or are not capable any longer to travel or do many things. ie; even ride on a roller coaster if they dreamed. Your thought process makes it possible along with maybe a video or book along side.

    Nice work My Dear.

    • Avatar Silvia Coggin

      Your complementary words touched me deeply. Thanks so much for sharing my journey. I agree with you, a book and video would complete the thought perfectly. My book is getting closer to be published, and I’ll let you know when it will happen.

  2. Avatar Robert Oro

    Once again you are reading our minds as we go through this journey of life.
    Debbie and I have decided that out bucket list is not about going to places. We decided that we wanted to reconnect with those special people in our lives. Unfortunately many special relationships were set on the side as we went through having and raising our kids.
    We feel now is the time to go back in our lives and decide in our minds who are those special people we should try to reconnect with.
    Just thinking of these folks makes us smile. We get to think about all of the positive times we spent together.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Hi to Steve
    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie

    • Avatar Silvia Coggin

      It must be so exciting for you, and I wish you many memorable visits. Spending time with people who are dear to us is special and uplifting. I wish you the very best and lots of fun and loving moments.

  3. Avatar Heide

    I beautiful idea to go on a trip without leaving home….I do that sometimes too. Wishing you some wonderful trips, Check and see what you will find in your “bucket”. All the best…

    • Avatar Silvia Coggin

      Thank you, Heide. I enjoy my spiritual traveling, and it brings me peace and joy.


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