With the vaccines on rollout across the world, many of us are starting to think of a brighter future once again – one in which we can travel and spend time with more than our “bubble.”
Since last year was supposed to be a big travel year for me (I expected to visit more than twenty countries), my mind is turning especially towards travel plans. There are many places I’ve had on my “to go” list for years and some newer, and there are things I’ve wanted to try but never gotten around to doing.
On the new sitcom, Call Me Kat, one character referred to something as his “Whistle List” instead of his “bucket list.” Why? Because when you do something new for the first time and it connects deeply with your spirit, “you [whistle] and say, I wish I’d tried this sooner!”
I like that.
So, I’m adjusting my bucket list and dream goals list into my Whistle List instead.
I always want to encourage dreamers to become visionaries. So, instead of creating a ridiculous list of places to go and things to do that you know deep down you’ll never get around to, I encourage you to build your Whistle List on things you deeply desire doing and could have the means at some point to do.
An example of this kind of thing is this.
A friend of mine dreamed of going to Machu Picchu and hiking up all the stairs. She was overweight and inactive, though, so she knew it was a dream – until she turned it into a vision of healthy living and training.
She started a blog and talked about her vision of someday climbing the steps. She created a training plan and asked others to help encourage her and train along with her. I was one of her cheerleaders and co-trainees. We often checked in on our progress.
Sadly, over the years I lost contact with this friend and I have no idea if her vision ever became reality.
Ultimately, however, I wound up sharing that vision and spent the spring of 2017 training to hike up Machu Picchu’s stairs. I did tons of pushups, ran 5ks several times a week, climbed the stairs in my building (I live in flat Chicago), and kept this up all spring and summer until I made it to Peru in July for a mission trip.
I climbed those steps and hiked around Machu Picchu all day after an exhausting hike to the area the day before.
So, this concept is both new and old. We’ve all had things we’d like to “get to” someday, but even with “bucket lists” as a recognizable part of the culture these days (thank you The Bucket List for popularizing this concept for us), we’re not all that great at doing much beyond making a list of things to do at some point in life when we have time and motivation.
Time and motivation almost never come for the majority of folks. But life without hope and expectation hardly seems worth living at all, in my opinion. So, rather than stagnating on this someday concept, create your Whistle List with these tips.
Making the list isn’t that complicated, but it will take a little time. Thankfully, you’ve got plenty of time to figure out those dreams and turn them into reality.