Apologies for the scary title. I know this kind of title can shock us more during this pandemic. However, a Bucket List may be a good idea. It may give you the motivation to survive these days of anxiety and make you more productive and energetic.
With the COVID 19 virus spreading in leaps and bounds and no vaccine in sight, it is undisputed that we will lose a major chunk of the population globally. None of us know who would be included or excluded in that chunk. However, going by this article on Independent UK Homo Sapiens will survive another 25000 years even after this pandemic. Therefore, no need to panic.
Nevertheless, I think this ‘new normal‘ will last for quite some time. We will have to get used to mask, sanitizers, social distancing, work from home, online schools, and everything else that came along with this pandemic. We also have to deal with the disease, infection, and death part. Every day when we open the news we come across the number of deaths and that makes our heart sink. We cannot deny that all of us worry will I be able to survive, will my loved ones survive, will my friends survive. However hard we try, however optimistic or positive we are these thoughts are bound to occur if we have a functional and logical brain. I have friends and cousins who are regularly getting panic attacks.
Therefore let us play a game here. Let us consider that like the times of Noah, the world will go through a bad deluge and we have to stay in our homes till everything becomes fine. What are the things that you would do to make this time memorable and enjoyable? So that we live or die we won’t regret this time that we lived during the pandemic.
My Bucket List is as follows:
- Virtually travel to as many places as possible. Virtually visit museums, take a walk down the River Thames, visit the vineyards of Spain, chase kangaroos in Australia, climb the mountains, watch people sunbathing in Brazil and exhaust all travel vlogs that I can come across. Therefore, I would not regret that I couldn’t visit these places.
- YouTube has started a new project where they are asking people to document their everyday life during this pandemic. I think that is a great idea. I am going to do that. Maybe not everything but at least a few photos/videos a day to document these days.
- Write my autobiography. I believe I had a tumultuous but interesting life. I feel my life would be ideal for Tarantino to make a film on. So I would leave the story to be made into a Hollywood masterpiece. (Optimism)
- Laugh a lot. If that requires artificially induced laugh, so be it. I would watch stand-up comedy or read P.G.Wodehouse, if necessary to make me roll on the floor laughing.
- Connect with friends through texts/calls/video calls and tell them what they mean to me. We often do not tell our close ones how important they are but now I would take this opportunity to tell everyone what I feel about them.
- Nurture hobbies like singing, dancing, cooking, gardening, home decor, painting, writing, and learning Spanish.
- Give back to society. From home I may not be able to do a lot but can make donations, make masks and distribute for free, cook food and give it to poor and strays. Adopt a stray perhaps. Most importantly plant trees, save some seeds from the fruits and vegetables that we are eating. Reduce waste by composting, lessen plastic usage.
The things that I do not want do is:
- Eat healthy. I do not want to spend time eating bland food, rather would eat whatever my heart crave for, grow fatter but my heart and taste buds would be happy.
- Exercise. I am a lazy sloth bear. I would rather die watching Notting Hill, or reading Namesake on my couch while eating butter scotch ice cream rather that panting and puffing doing Surya namaskar.
- Start into a productivity battle. Nope can’t waste my time trying to prove I am the best. Appraisals doesn’t matter. If Doomsday is near then my Java or C++ skills won’t help me.
- Get into silly fights. Life is precious and we should love others more now rather than hating or fighting.
- Regret about my mistakes in life. Rather I would try to be grateful for all the good things that I did or happened to me.
Now, tell me what do you want to do during this pandemic to make it more enjoyable and memorable, so that when you look back you have lovely memories to cherish.