How My Bucket List Has Changed My Life

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By Laura Lawson – It was 2013, I was 23 years old and wasting my life away. At nearly 200 lbs I didn’t even recognise my own reflection. The last five years were spent drinking every weekend, eating anything I could get my hands on and spending every evening locked in my room playing the Xbox.

I tried to figure what had happened to me, how I ended up here. Blaming everything on everyone else was no longer working. My work sucked, my life sucked, I was fat, sad, lonely. I came up with every excuse until I realised only I could change my life! Sitting feeling sorry for myself wasn’t doing me any good.

I decided to write a list of things to do to get myself out of this rut. It started off small: climb a hill, dye my hair pink, grow vegetables, etc. The satisfaction I gained from crossing something off of a list gave me the idea for Completing The Bucket List!

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Number 1: the bungee jump. What a rush! Why hadn’t I done this before? Taking the leap (both literally and figuratively) led me to think about all of the other life experiences I had been missing out on. I began to wonder about what other crazy, yet amazing, things I could do.

So I got to work on extending my list, thinking about all of the ways I could spice up my life, and create more great, fun and unforgettable moments. The thought of being on my death bed having spent my whole life like I had been scared me, and I wanted no regrets.

Over the last few years, I have been working my way through the list. It has been a lot of living in a short period of time. So far I got my first tattoo, went sky diving, zip lined over alligators, drove a speedboat, went parasailing, saw the Grand Canyon, swam with sea turtles, ate fondue, learned CPR, among many other big and small life altering experiences.

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The more new experiences I had the more my life changed. I left a job I hated, finally gained some qualifications, and moved in with my boyfriend who has since become my husband. I have more energy. I stopped drinking, ran my first 5k, climbed hills, went to burlesque classes and roller derby, and through all of this have lost 45lbs.

And one day I looked in the mirror and saw myself again. I was finally happy.

I still have so many life experiences, and bucket list items to cross off. Since I’m not a millionaire (yet) and work a 40 hour a week day job with a new part time business on the side, some of the larger items on my list I won’t manage to complete for many years. But, what I have learned the most from Completing My Bucket List is that anything is possible when you decide what is important to you.


Check out more of Laura’s adventures at Completing My Bucket List. You can also follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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