Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Bucket List

by Kimberly Kovacich

Cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or singing to a group of thousands in a packed out coliseum......

We all have lists of grandiose, phenomenal feats that we wish to complete in our lifetimes. We want to be recognized, appreciated, respected, admired, and possibly idolized or revered, but why do we feel the need to be defined in terms of somewhat unattainable acts? Sure, in pursuing these dreams, we could experience a sense of joy, but would this actually bring us the desired sense of accomplishment or confidence we long for? 

I feel that it is vital that we first delve into our inner selves and get to the root of any feelings of inadequacy, fear, self-doubt, or possible self-hatred before we set our minds on achieving these goals. It is a proven fact that the human race yearns for meaning in their lives, a sense of purpose which may seem unattainable. Once we have dealt with the roadblocks within ourselves which seem to waylay any attempt of our changing or pursuing our dreams, we must also choose to refocus our effort towards others, seeking out ways we can contribute to the fulfillment of our fellow man. I find that when I re-route my thoughts onto what I can add to the lives of others, I somehow walk away feeling restored within my soul. In giving away the things I desire, I seem to receive those things in a way I couldn't have on my own. A sense of accomplishment is birthed and the desire to perpetuate this feeling emerges. I feel more connected to others in doing this and any feelings of loneliness, sadness, or incompetency seem to dissipate. 

It is truly better to give than to receive, and in doing so, the payoff is experienced in a manner which not only brings joy to others, but pours contentment, peace, and love into our inner selves. The purpose in which our hearts have been yearning for is beckoning to us, and it is in the form of selfless care of others.


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