March 2018 - Van Life Part 4: Little Bucket List

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei



Little Bucket List: Practicing having a good time.
I'm known for my lifestyle challenges and experiments, which have included travelling only by fixed gear bike for a year, living in a yurt, going paperless, becoming a minimalist, and my £0 challenge of summer 2014). 

This year I've designed my most UN-ambitious challenge yet. I'm calling it "Little Bucket List", mindful hedonism on a minute scale: a daily practice (because who says life's ambitions need to be big)? Ticking off tiny thimble sized bucket list items, such as making a really good cup of tea, stroking my first chicken, peeling an orange in one strip, having simple new experiences and enjoying the everyday, is what it's all about.

After only 3 weeks, the project, which started out as a joke, had turned accidentally profound. Little Bucket List was meant to be a celebration of whimsy, but it seems that taking a few minutes per day to do something new and enjoyable deeply changes both mental and physical habits. Quite simply, I was practicing enjoying myself and getting better at it, experiencing more joy and pleasure day to day, appreciating little things and having a more vivid life. 

What's more, it turns out I'm not the only one. Word had spread, and having a silly ol' time Little Bucket Listing was turning into a movement. I was asked to create a Facebook group so others could join, and twenty did. I met the ringleader, Radio Devon presenter Maggy Whitehouse and we spent hours discussing the virtues of daily whimsy. So, there you have it. When it comes to changing your life, think small, then think smaller. Don't wait to swim with dolphins, it's the doggy paddle with tadpoles that counts.  


from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017


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