Ah, yes! 2021 is finally here! It’s a chance for us to rediscover and reinvent ourselves. After everything that happened last year, we all deserve to do something beautiful for ourselves. Time to create new memories that will last forever.
As the new year arrives, many of us come up with a New Year’s resolution or a list of things to check out for the year, or as they say a bucket list. Ours is obviously mostly beach and ocean related but yours can be full of simple things to do with the people you love.
Last year, we made a decision to help be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that truly take actions in helping the ocean and its marine life. We wanted to be a part of saving our main source of inspiration, the sea, and everything in it —and we will continue to do so. This year we wish to do more and contribute more to this cause.
You can do the same too! If you have the opportunity to do some volunteer work or if you are well enough to make a donation, you can do so with your chosen cause. You don’t have to spend too much or do anything grand. Any amount of money, time and effort will mean so much! So this year, do something for the ocean, for the environment, and for the creatures living in it. Even if it’s just picking up litter by the beach and disposing of these trash properly.
Simple but very meaningful. We all need time to reflect and look back. We all need to have time for ourselves and look within. Even if it’s just a walk alone by the beach, feeling the sand on your toes and enjoying the ocean breeze as you think about your life, where you’ve been and where you intend to go. Even if it’s having a morning yoga session as the sun sets, while listening to the sound of the waves as they meet the shore.
Having a moment to yourself, away from everything else, and just being able to breathe does wonders to the soul. Don’t forget to start the year right by allowing yourself to take care of your body from within.
There’s a traveler in all of us and if we have a chance to go, do it. Whether it’s going to a new beach destination, camping in an RV, or conquering a mountain, we all have that one nature-related dream we want to turn into reality. The world may not be back to normal yet but if there’s a way to get on a trip without risking your health and safety, go for it. How about a weekend hike with the family? Drive to a lake, visit your old cabin in the woods, just about anything that allows you to see nature’s work.
Why is nature so important? Because nature can be so therapeutic. It’s relaxing, it allows you to reset your life, it helps ease anxiety and depression. It gives you hope and allows you to appreciate the little things in life. It allows you to just live.
Alright, we know this sounds a bit idealistic but what about those of us who can’t “just go” and are stuck in quarantine? Here’s a few ideas:
We know that bucket lists are supposed to be a bunch of things that you absolutely LOVE to do and most of them are major things like traveling the world or diving with the sharks but they don’t always have to be. They can be simple things that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.
One of the reasons why we want to travel the world is to experience the cuisine of different countries around the globe. Create a similar experience in the comfort of your home. The internet has tons of recipes for you to follow and with all the international groceries and possibly of shipping items worldwide, you’ll surely find the ingredients you need. Curry or laksa? Count me in!
Well, this one is a bit challenging but we all need to do this for our mental health. Remember all the grand outdoorsy stuff you wanted to do so you can disconnect with tech and reconnect with nature and yourself? You can still have a similar experience by staying off technology for a bit. Get off the internet, stop watching TV, and most of all, take a break from social media.
We’ve all been so dependent on technology that we’ve forgotten to function without it. Set up a tent in your backyard and do a little bit of outdoor activities like playing frisbee with the family. Fire up the grill while you’re at it and see if you can make meals with wolf and fire. Think of it as practice tor when you go camping and see if you can actually survive.
A lot of us want to help others through acts of service instead of just monetary donations. This year, it can be challenging to do so because of the restrictions and the health protocols but there’s always someone out there in need of our help. You can choose to just donate this year or still do acts of service by doing virtual fund raising or putting together a “hope package” which is a bag that you fill with necessities like blankets and grooming kits. You can also prepare home cooked meals and find homeless people who might be in dire need of a hot meal.
Remember to make sure that everything is done in line with the local health protocols because we want everyone to be safe. You don’t want to be putting people’s health at risk when your intention is to help so it’s best to be careful at all times.
A little bit of kindness goes a long way. Make someone’s day today and allow them to do the same for others. It can be as simple as giving someone a compliment while you’re out on a quick grocery run, or doing a good deed for a stranger. These simple acts can make someone’s day and they in turn can pay it forward.
After everything that happened in 2020, the world really needs to be a better place. And if everyone showed a little bit of kindness, then the world definitely will be.
What’s on your 2021 bucket list? We’d love to hear your plans.
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