In a creative writing book, one of the prompts was to write “5 things to do before you die”. Five isn’t a big number, that’s why you need to put only the biggest dreams there. You can’t put “not so sure” kind of dreams in a list of five.
At the beginning of the list, I wrote “publishing my novel or stories”. Then I thought, what if it happens? Will I accomplish my dream when I get to publish one book? That didn’t sound right. Or one of my biggest dreams was to travel to Japan. Hopefully I’ll realize it this month, then what? And when I thought further, I really couldn’t find any goals or things worth “doing” before I die.
So I blamed myself for having no dreams, no passion. But the problem wasn’t with me, it was with the question. The word “to do” indicated a process which is fated to end. If you say “to be”, however, the things you’ll write can be more extensive and more meaningful. And as long as you live, your dream doesn’t have an ending. You can keep on “being”. With this in mind, I prepared a list of five things to be before I die.
- To be a writer. A blogger, a novelist, or any kind of writing that I can’t imagine for the time being.
- To be a traveler.
- To be a minimalist, living intentionally.
- To be consistent with my beliefs and principles.
- To be a master of yoga (having it as a part of my life)
Now this list feels right!
And not to forget: