It’s now approaching February but hopefully it’s not too late to add a few things to my personal bucket list for the year. I don’t want to say new year’s resolutions because they may not be fulfilled in 2020 due to a lack of time.
1. Climbing Mt Taranaki
I did a lot of travel this week, to Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland and on my way in the plane, I passed over the majestic Mt Taranaki in New Plymouth that rose above the clouds. First on this year’s bucket list, is climbing to the top of Mt Taranaki (or at least to the part where it is safest to go without risk of falling, as it is quite dangerous).
Although I have been on the mountain before, the Polish bear and I barely made it up half way because we didn’t have the right clothing on and got freezing, this time we hope to be more prepared.
2. Learning how to better record and mix ambient music
I have recently bought a blue yeti which I plan to use for a podcast for work, although it has great recording capabilities for music and ambient sound. I hope to use this to its full capacity this year and also to get Pro Tools and attempt to make some ambient music with sounds from my travels.
3. Listen to my mind and body and taking it slow
Too often when we have busy lives we can easily become over-wrought with anxiety and worries about whether we are doing enough, achieving enough or making the most out of every moment in life. Life becomes a to-do list or a check-list of tasks instead of a pleasure. I vow to listen to my body and mind and take it easy when I need to, just simply being instead of doing or creating things.
4. Giving love, seeking openness and connection
I vow to give love to myself and to others, and to be more open with people, instead of being reserved. I vow to seek meaningful connection with people who come into my life and not to be reluctant to connect.
5. Accepting help from other people
I find it difficult to accept help from other people in tasks at work or in my personal life. I rarely if ever, ask for any help with anything whether it’s a professional task or some emotional issue or problem in my personal life. As a result, I often feel very alone with my problems if they arise, and this year, I hope to change that and ask for help or support when I need it.