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What ‘The Bucket List’ Taught Me

What ‘The Bucket List’ Taught Me Posted on February 2, 2015

I am Sonhadora, 34 years old, born and raised in the Philippines. At 32, I decided to quit my job, sell everything I have and travel halfway across the world. It lasted for 14 months and I found my way back home. What do I know about life? A little and a lot. I’ve certainly had my fair share of dreams coming true, frustrations and hitting rock bottom, broken hearts and a lot of unexpected detours. Follow my blog and join me in this once in a lifetime adventure and I will make it worth your while.

I’ve watched The Bucket List several times but it’s only now that I really watched it, hanging on to every word like I was reading the script. Maybe because of my life-changing plans or my current situation that the movie seemed very timely, but nevertheless, 3 questions from the movie stayed with me:

Have you found joy in your life?

Has your life brought joy to others?

How do you want people around you to handle your death?

Stumbling upon these questions made me think about my own life and if, indeed, I will be satisfied with the answers considering how I lived my life so far.

In finding joy…

Dreaming of becoming a long-term traveler and finding ways to make that into reality are my simple joys; serving my life’s purpose as a wanderer is my ultimate goal in life. It seemed far-fetched, sketchy and even scary but my mind and heart refuse to be bound by fears and limitations. I’m choosing to believe that faith, hope and courage will see me through.

Developing deep connections and lasting relationships, dots connecting and puzzle pieces falling into place are just a few of the simple joys I encounter daily. Even an OFF day can turn into something good, and a challenging situation can present an opportunity but only if you’ll allow it.

In giving joy…

To live a life that is inspiring to others is what I hope to accomplish; not with fame and fortune, but with life experiences. To offer a helping hand not to get something in return but out of empathy. To be selfless in a world where it’s human nature to be selfish seems like a long shot but all it takes is an attitude of gratitude and choosing to see the good in every situation and in everyone you meet along the way.

Be inspired with all that is good and beautiful that this life has to offer and be an inspiration to those around you and witness a ripple effect of positivity. Life is good, cherish it.

In handling death…

As I leave this world, I hope people will remember me with everything I shared with them and everything I wrote in this blog, filled with words of inspiration that made an impact in their lives, big or small. I don’t want them to see me lying in a coffin, motionless.

I want them to remember me as someone who kept on moving and exploring and flying freely. I want people to be happy, despite my eternal departure, knowing that I’ve lived my life to the fullest, bearing no regrets or grudges. I want them to know how much I loved the life that I lived despite all its challenges and trials and it was a choice I made without regrets.

I don’t want eternal glory nor do I have that fear of oblivion. It’s enough for me to know that I’ve inspired even just a single human being and made a difference in his or her life because I have truly lived.

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I am Sonhadora, 34 years old, born and raised in the Philippines. At 32, I decided to quit my job, sell everything I have and travel halfway across the world. It lasted for 14 months and I found my way back home. What do I know about life? A little and a lot. I’ve certainly had my fair share of dreams coming true, frustrations and hitting rock bottom, broken hearts and a lot of unexpected detours. Follow my blog and join me in this once in a lifetime adventure and I will make it worth your while.