Before You Die
When YouTube started, who would have thought that it would be the mega site that it's turned to today? From sharing funny cats and cute pandas to full-length productions, the website has grown huge. When people first started posting videos, it was simply a hobby but now, there are people whose entire career is based in the site. Though it's taken some time, these professional YouTubers are increasingly starting to meld into the traditional Hollywood world and vice versa. Whereas major news and celebrity sources used to completely overlook these YouTube celebrities, they seem to have taken notice in the huge followings that many of these people have amassed. And though there was a time where it was considered weird and awkward to post to YouTube, now even traditional movie stars and other celebrities have created their own channels. Probably one of the most notable celebrities to do this as of late is Will Smith who started his YouTube channel about a year ago.
If you haven't checked out his channel, one of his topics of choice for his videos is crossing things off his bucket list and filming it for all to see. And some of the things he's done so far are certainly bucket list worthy items. To celebrate his 50th birthday, he bungee jumped out of a helicopter at the Grand Canyon. He's also conquered his biggest fear of scuba diving, gone hydrofoil surfing, went skiing in the dessert, and appeared in a Bollywood movie. Who knows what else he has planned as the series continues but what we do know is that the series certainly makes you consider your own bucket list. We all have big dreams even if sometimes we don't want to admit it. But bucket lists are a great way to motivate you and allow the chance to accomplish amazing things in life.
Some of you might have never even considered what your bucket list would be made up of or maybe you have a written out list of 100 things you want to do before you die. Either way, we're here to help round out your list with 7 things you should put on your bucket list.
Everyone loves to talk about the amazing experiences that you can only have while traveling and they're right. It's great to get to know different cultures and explore new places that you've never been to before. Traveling to different countries is almost like being transported an entirely new world. And while traveling with friends and loved ones can make for an even more fun experience, going solo also offers a completely new perspective that's worth trying out at least once in your life. When you travel alone, you can take full control of what you want to do on your trip and you can take the time to do some inner reflecting that you otherwise wouldn't really be able to do with loved ones around.
Visit Venice, Italy
There's a lot of cities that are certainly worth seeing all around the world. But none of them are floating on water the same way that Venice is. It's been known for years that the city is sinking and with sea levels rising every year, the future of the centuries-old city is unknown. So until a solution is found for the sinking city, it's worth paying a visit to the place that might be an underwater city one day.
See the Great Barrier Reef
Another thing that might not be around for much longer are the coral reefs. The rising temperature of the sea is detrimental to coral which can only live in a pretty specific temperature range. Already, over half of the reef has died off in the last years and the future isn't looking very good for the part that's still living. Being how beautiful the reef is, it's definitely something you should see before it's gone.
Conquer Your Biggest Fear
Even the bravest and most fearless of us are afraid of something. Some of the fears may be more abstract while others more realistic but either way, being afraid of something can be restricting. As someone once said, the fears we don't face become our limits. What could be more liberating than conquering whatever makes you most afraid?
Move to a New City
There's no place like home. But it's good to get out of your comfort zone and take in new experiences. Even if you travel all the time, it's not the same as actually moving to and living in another place. At least once in your life, it's a good idea to try leaving the comforts of your hometown to discover life in another place. You know what they say: a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
Learn a New Language
You've probably heard about how the world is becoming increasingly globalized. It's more common than ever for people to move countries and have societies made up of diverse populations. Learning a new language can not only give you an edge when trying to get a job, it can also alter how you think entirely. Studies show that languages may shape the way we think. If that's true, imagine everything that can happen when you know more than one?
It's easy to get caught up in our own life problems but we know that the world doesn't revolve us. Going out and volunteering to help others in need is an incredibly humbling and insightful experience. Finding a cause that you feel passionate about and regularly dedicating a part of your life to it can be fulfilling in ways that you might not have even realized. There's nothing like helping someone else to get you out of your own head and help make the world a better place.
The more you grow up and are exposed to different experiences, the more you'll want to do and accomplish. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of the things we want to do when we have to focus on the things we need to get done. Life is short but our dreams are usually big. Keep track of those dreams with a bucket list and enjoy the satisfaction when you get to cross something off.