Grocery lists, to-do lists, bucket lists, five year plans –it never ends. Generation Y is so afraid of failure that we feel a need to micromanage every second of every day. We are constantly making sure our lives are planned out, so that our future will be bright. But how are we supposed to make the most of our lives when we are too busy planning what we think should happen rather than what will happen? Things will fall into place and it won’t be because we planned it.
No one is going to learn how to be a better friend, keep the perfect relationship or make the most out of college by creating lists to live by. It is up to us to make the most of our lives and ditch the idea of having to live by planned out rules.
Tear up the lists, gen y.
Your life is so much more than checking a box or uploading a photo to social media. Your experiences have the ability to shape you as a person and create something beautiful. There is no need to live by strict guidelines of how to live your life to the fullest.
We start bucket lists, plan out our daily to-do lists and in five years what will it all matter? You won’t be showing future generations your bucket lists or five year plans, but you will be sharing your experiences and life lessons with them. Something that is far more valuable then showing them the robotic way that you got to where you are today.
Turn those exciting opportunities that fall into your lap into your real bucket list. Make a list of the amazing things that you have accomplished rather than planning out exactly what you need to do to make your life remarkable. Without the list your life is just as meaningful.
It’s time to realize that there is no step-by-step guide to happiness. And while you’re at home making or reading these lists, you are missing out on valuable time to make memories, build relationships and grow as a person.
Dare to make your own rules. Dare to go outside the box. Dare to live a life of spontaneity.
Eventually we all end up either losing the lists we’ve made or not being able to fulfill them as we once thought we would. Spare yourself the disappoint and start a journal instead. Chronicle the crazy, amazing and beautiful things that happen in your life instead of trying to plan every step in your life.
Sit back and enjoy the ride because one day all of these lists won’t mean a thing but the memories that you share with others will live on forever.