Something I’ve learned about setting both shorter- and longer-term goals is that it’s essential to be realistic. While that sounds pretty obvious, there’s a difference between theory and practice. I have a tendency to be an all the things kind of person. I think of everything at once – whether it’s what I’m worried about or what it is I want to accomplish. When I hone in on all the things like that, I end up feeling pretty overwhelmed. So overwhelmed, in fact, that I often wonder where all those hours go while I contemplate what goal to tackle first or errand to run next.
Like to-do lists, bucket lists are a lot less intimidating when divided into chunks. Breaking down bigger goals means you’re a lot more likely to take action, and to eventually see results. Longer-term goals can only be achieved by hacking away at those smaller bits. So when I’m overwhelmed, I don’t throw away my bucket lists or try to dream smaller. While I’ve probably done that in the past (hello, overwhelm!), I now try to keep my dreams big and my lists bite-sized.
In the spirit of doing more of the things I’ve been dreaming of, big or small, I thought I’d share my first seasonal bucket list. Life is kind of a seasonal thing, after all, and I’d like to make the most of each one that comes along. Here’s what’s on my summer bucket list this year:
Travel plans: check! I have been dreaming of visiting the island of Santorini for eons, and it’s finally happening – soon! I’ll be going with my sister, who I always knew would be my Santorini buddy (it’s been a mutual dream). It’ll be our first sister trip, and I don’t think we could have picked a better place to soak up the sun and leave troubles behind.
Be a Tourist
It can be easy to get stuck in a routine and miss exploring the beauty around you. While travel is great, I’m only escaping for a couple days. For the rest of the summer, I’d like to find ways to have some fun right where I am. There are so many beautiful places in Lebanon that I haven’t visited yet. On my list: the beautiful town of Anfeh, which people have compared to Mykonos, Lazy B beach, which comes highly recommended by a friend, and any restaurant or pub I haven’t been to in Mar Mikhael. Because lately (read: the last couple decades), I haven’t been out much.
Attend Beirut Yoga Festival
I went to my first yoga festival last year, a weekend of jam-packed yoga and meditation sessions – a dream come true for yogis like me. I spent more time in the meditation station, since my muscles can only take so much work. (Let’s be real, not all yogis can attend five classes in a row without collapsing. Haha, I barely made it through three.) I remember being in a really difficult place for months, and just one day at the festival got me feeling as zen as a newborn baby. The date of the third annual Beirut Yoga Festival will be revealed soon – stay tuned if you’re in Lebanon!
Sign up for French lessons
I’ve taken French throughout my life. But because I learned it on and off, I haven’t progressed past a certain level. While I can understand and read it pretty well, conversations are usually one-sided as I get a little lost when formulating sentences on my own. Most people around me speak French fluently, so I sometimes feel like I’m missing out. I’d also love to be able to answer back to people in the same language. By signing up in the summer, I’ll be getting rid of any excuses not to learn. That way, I can hopefully start to converse with les francophones with more ease.