This list idea actually came from my friend Misty, who actually got it from her friend Nicole, who actually got it from her aunt, and I don't know if that aunt got it from someone or not...HA! The idea behind this list is to write 100 things you want to try to accomplish at SOME point during your lifetime. That means they could be things far down the road or something you hope to accomplish this year! Apparently what Misty, and the others do with it is to make a scrapbook page for each "task/dream" that you accomplish off your list, so that way when you are all through, you'll have a scrapbook full of 100 pages of "dreams" you accomplished during your life. You know, something to show to the grandkids...HA! As for me though, I don't think I'll do the scrapbook, but I still love having the list to look at and check things off and be proud of them!
Now this list is not a list of things you hope to accomplish like, "Do all my dirty laundry by the weekend." It is dreams. Hopes for your career! Hopes for your family! Dreams of places to travel! Hopes for your educational background!
And the way Misty did it (and possibly the others, I don't know) was that she even included things she has already completed, but they were big goals in her life, like getting her driver's license and graduating college, but I chose to make it 100 things for my future! And I think it is good too that I did this at this point of the year, so I can say starting in 2006, here is my list to start from now!
Now, I'll be honest, I've given this list a LOT of thought. Misty actually shared her list with me over the phone, and I snagged a few of her "dreams" too, as I agreed with them for myself, and that's okay, but I'll be honest, this list is not something you'll be able to whip up in about an hour. It took me about an hour a night for about 3 days. But I DID get my list. And just a note, but your list is not "set-in-stone," you can add things to it that you think of later on and just knock off things that aren't so important or that you change your mind about.
Now originally when I began this list I was anticipating getting it finished so I could post it on my blog, but the more thought I gave to it, and the more I listed things on it, the more I realized how personal this list really is. Now when I say "personal" I'm not saying like things I'm embarressed to tell, but personal in the sense that these are my true hopes and dreams. Many of these things are big time goals I've always thought about in the back of my mind and thought, "Gosh, how I would love to accomplish that!" These are things that are personal in the sense that I might have never shared them with ANYONE before.
Though I'm not one to really be knocked down by people's criticisms or comments, I don't want to take a chance with something like my dreams. I think some of our deepest hopes and dreams are rather personal, if you know what I mean.
So when I came to the conclusion that I was not going to post my 100 list on my blog for complete strangers to visit and possibly try to demolish my dreams, I did come to the conclusion that I do not mind sharing them with my friends. I'm a pretty open person, with a pretty healthly level of self-esteem, so I don't mind sharing my list with my friends. Honestly, I don't mind at all, if you're someone I have an email for, let me know you'd like to see my list by leaving a comment on here and I'll send you my list.
I actually think knowing someone's biggest dreams for themself can tell you SOOO much about them, so I have no problem sharing them with my friends because I feel a close friend might be able to guess a lot of our hopes and dreams, as well as help us to succeed in meeting them! We're all in this thing called life together, folks!
For everyone else who will not get to see my completed list, I will give you this: Below is a small sampling of some of my dreams off my list so you can have an idea of what I'm talking about for things to put on your own list.
(in no particular order)
- Be in Oprah’s audience
- Go to a Rascal Flatts concert
- Get a Ph.D.
- Learn to play the guitar
- Raise a family
- Visit Hawaii
See, some can be big and some can be not so big.
Note: When you're making your own list, which I HIGHLY recommend to EVERYONE, dream as big as you want! For example, my list contains some 5 or 6 different professions I'd like to try in my lifetime! Do not be afraid to put things on your list that you might change your mind about in 10 years. Just dream, my friends!