Did you create a Bucket List during the Pandemic?

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.

Spanish Steps in Rome, December 2018 clicked by yours truly

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.

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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:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Nurture hobbies like singing, dancing, cooking, gardening, home decor, painting, writing, and learning Spanish.
  7. 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:

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Get into silly fights. Life is precious and we should love others more now rather than hating or fighting.
  5. 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.

15 thoughts on “Did you create a Bucket List during the Pandemic?

  1. Todd says:

    The “new normal” precautions are definitely going to be around for a bit and the good news is that they,along with good contact tracing are quite effective in reducing and keeping things under control.

    On the plus side, we may not be as far from a vaccine as you think. There are three now in Phase 3 clinical trials (the final stage) and they could be released by year end if data is good. Based on their data they’ll start ramping up production earlier so they will have many doses ready on the day of approval. Behind that there are 20 more vaccines in earlier stages of clinical trials. Behind that there are 137 more candidates in pre-clinical testing. (source: https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/draft-landscape-of-covid-19-candidate-vaccines). Along with that are many promising treatments. So take heart, we may have this virus around for a while but we’ve already gotten better at treating it and will continue to do so.

    That said, in the worst of our lockdown (it’s easing now – most of our province is reopening restaurants, theatres and workplaces on Friday), I focused on a simple thing: Being the best human I could be. This meant helping others as much as I could – sometimes in person, other times online, sometimes financial. More opportunities have come up so I’m doing adult literacy tutoring, and delivering fresh food to people self-isolating. Earlier I was involved in a group having phone calls with lonely people in isolation. Outside of that I worked on myself as well – daily meditation, Hindi practice (including having two articles published in the newspaper), ramping up exercise, reducing social media use while increasing reading. So working on improving myself and those I can help is top on my list. The intent is to establish good habits that will continue afterward – ones that will, no doubt, make me more reliably happy than a once or twice yearly trip could.

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    • Balaka says:

      Working on yourself, the way you described is so inspiring. This is indeed a time to improve ourselves.
      Working on your Hindi is also a great thing. I am glad to hear that your work got published. I believe you live in Canada. Correct me if I am wrong.
      I am hopeful that we will get the vaccine but till then we just have to hang on. Thank you for this lovely, thoughtful and hopeful comment.

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      • Todd says:

        Thanks – I think on some level it’s helpful because at this point so many things look and feel out of our control – but working on ourselves? We can almost always do that.

        I do live in Canada – Toronto, specifically.

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  2. Obsessivemom says:

    I loved your to-do list and also your not-to-do list. What i like best is how much claroty you have in the things you want to do. I loved the idea of virtual travel. Do you have a Youtube Channel? Would love to follow your Covid journey.

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    • Balaka says:

      Clarity is there but implementation is not there..I am such a lazy bum. I do not have any Youtube channel but I have one for my patient forum. My covid journey is there in this blog itself. Thanks Tulika for showing so much interest. Love and hugs


  3. Dashy says:

    Haha, reading the ‘donts’ makes me very happy. I want to read a lot during this time, and also watch more series. That’s mostly it. I’m looking forward to read your autobiography!

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    • Balaka says:

      Yes, reading is a great thing to use time. My autobiography is there in bits and pieces in this blog..so you know quite a bit of it 🙂 nevertheless thanks for showing interest…Yipppee I already have one reader


  4. Shalzmojo says:

    What a wonderful list of things NOT to do Balaka- I am with you on that one. Gosh I hate exercising too and thats so visible in all my double chins and wiggle jiggle all over 😉

    You are right about this virus staying for some time now and we will need to get used to working with masks, social distancing and ensuring a lot of sanitization around us all the time. I have gotten used to the no maid situation actually. Just waiting for the humidity to ease a bit to be back in my kitchen with a vengeance 🙂

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  5. Sunita Saldhana says:

    My bucket list involves looking after myself and the dog and cats in my home. And of course keeping my sink shining. Now I have the time for that. I still have to write all those stories that are in my head of course. One thing that I did achieve was republishing my book of poems “Who shall I be today?” It felt good to get that one task done and out of the way!
    I agree with you where food is concerned. No diet. Icecream and chocolate and fish and chicken are all part of my diet and I am happy!

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  6. Corinne Rodrigues says:

    I’ve been a bucket list kind of person. Right now, I’m focusing on getting the four through each day safe and well. I’ve been dying to eat ‘rubbish’ but certainly won’t! How our priorities have changed, haven’t they?

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