The concept of a bucket-list and how it has positive psychology behind it.

“People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them and that creating a bucket list will make life feel more meaningful, says Business Astrologer or an Astro Strategist Hirav Shah. These lists help connect people to something larger than themselves and lead to a sense of fulfillment when a goal is accomplished.”

He adds, “According to the Positive Psychology Program, the benefits of a bucket list include:

  • Give us focus
  • Make us take action
  • Give us self-confidence
  • Bring happiness”

Hirav Shah tells, “Whilst the worldwide shut down of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to keep the adventure at home, it hasn’t dampened our adventurous spirits – one little bit. We all have goals and inspirations, the kind of things we’ve dreamt of accomplishing at some point in our lifetime.”

“It simply means we have (much) more time to plan. To dream, and then plan on making our travel dreams a reality in 2021, once the world has reopened.”

Hirav Shah says that some of you may already have the perfect adventure in your sights – but, to those who haven’t yet decided, we got you. Build your ideal bucket list, feed your wanderlust, set your imagination free, and look forward to next year.

By having bucket lists, we can turn those dreams and ‘what-ifs’ into reality because as they say, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara!’

Whether you’re a travel enthusiast, a bookworm, an adrenaline junkie, or a film buff, you can tailor your bucket list to suit your aspirations, or push your boundaries and do something way out of your comfort zone for that added thrill.

Here are Hirav Shah’s five ideas for once in a lifetime opportunities for you to consider adding to your bucket list for 2021 and beyond:

1. Go Skydiving

Throwing yourself out of a plane at 18,000 feet and free-falling from a plane isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re a thrill-seeker looking to see the world from a different perspective, a skydive should definitely be on your bucket list.

There is no feeling quite like falling from the clouds at 120mph, the sense of exhilaration rushes through your body as you take in the breathtaking views while plummeting towards the earth. Once the parachute opens, you will glide the rest of the way gracefully until your feet are firmly back on the ground.

The experience will leave you filled with adrenaline and feeling empowered by what you’ve achieved.

2. Ride in a hot air balloon

Traveling via a hot air balloon isn’t your standard method of transport, which is why the experience makes it on to so many people’s bucket lists.

You will almost feel weightless while you take in stunning views as you float through the sky. Hot air balloons have a graceful presence in the sky, as they slowly ascend using the power of flame burners and smoothly drift through the air.

It’ll be a feeling like no other; you’ll soar through the clouds and be able to breathe in the fresh open air at 5,000 feet above the ground while admiring the amazing view.

3. Sleep in an igloo

Live out a frozen fantasy by embracing your inner Inuit, and stay overnight in an igloo!

Constructed solely from snow and ice, these arctic structures have been used as homes in unforgiving climates for thousands of years. The domed dwellings become pockets of heat and therefore provide a cozy home in severe winter temperatures.

There are many places around the world where you could tick off this bucket list wish, such as Alaska, Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Greenland. With many ‘ice’ hotels offering features like an ice bar, jacuzzi, and fondue lounge, it’ll be an experience like no other that you’ll be sure to never forget!

4. Visit the Northern Lights

As one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, it’s no wonder the Northern Lights make it on to so many people’s bucket lists.

Created by Mother Nature herself, the mesmerizing burst of colors sprinkled across the sky are caused by protons and electrons reacting with gasses as they reach the earth’s atmosphere.

You can experience the celestial light show anywhere with a magnetic latitude above 55° and low light pollution, but the top destinations include Iceland, Alaska, Canada, and Norway.

5. Take up a new sport

Trying out a new sport is a brilliant way to pick up a new hobby and to pull yourself out of your comfort zone.

Whether you want to learn how to ice skate, take part in a local game of cricket or get your blood pumping by joining a running club, learning new skills is healthy for both the body and the mind.

Joining a local sports team is a great way to meet people and form strong friendships, it will give you the chance to meet like-minded people with similar aspirations and interests to you.

Hirav Shah concludes by saying, “Here is a secret. Bucket lists are never meant to be completed. Who wants to be 50 and reach the end of their bucket list. What are you supposed to do then? Just stop enjoying life?”

“Keep most items on your bucket list achievable, but make the number of items and the amount of “tough” completions difficult enough that finishing “everything” would be very tough. Then if you get close. Add more things to do.”

“There are “normal” bucket list ideas. And ones that are extra tough. For completing big milestones, you might also want to think of some ways to reward yourself.

The one main obstacle to achieving many of the items on your bucket list is being to afford these ideas and/or learn how to implement them.”

Waise kisi ne theek hi kaha hai, “बाबू मोशाय जिंदगी बड़ी होनी चाहिए लंबी नहीं..!”