After getting such amazing feedback from this post (thank you for the amazing comments!), I decided to take it further and show you how I make the most of this beautiful city I call home!
I’ve had this idea for a while now, but the new year helped me put it to the test… New York City is one of the greatest places in the world, but when you live here, it sort of becomes like any other place. Which it shouldn’t! Because you should live every day here like your last – there are so many things to see, so many places to eat, and so much to do… I don’t want to merely exist somewhere. I want to live it and breath it – the people, the places, the vibes…
Maybe you don’t live in such an incredible and inspiring city, but that doesn’t mean your locale lacks its own visceral quirks. And maybe you don’t have the free time, but when the opportunity presents itself, you should definitely maximize it.
I made a local bucket list for myself this year (like an actual pen-to-paper list). It’s comprised of all the sights I haven’t seen, things I want to try, and new restaurants I want to taste. I’m so humbled and grateful to be able to experience this city – to live the pace, breathe the air, and drink the water some of the world’s greatest individuals have. And you should do the same.
Here are 3 excellent reasons to make a local bucket list wherever you are in the world:
#1 It creates perspective.
You’re actually making a point to see and explore the hidden treasures of the city you’re living in – no one else outside the boundaries of your city can experience those very things. Going out and touring your own city invigorates you with a sense of purpose. It opens up your eyes to things that often go unnoticed or sights you never cared to pay attention to. I encourage you to try everything even if it’s the most tourist-y thing possible – cross it off your list.
#2 Makes you appreciative.
You know the feeling you get when poring through your archives, childhood photos, or high school year book? Scouting and re-scouting your city creates the same wistful emotions and makes you appreciate where you are even more! An experience doesn’t have to be outrageous to be special… It’s the little things that matter.
#3 Keeps thing fresh.
We tend to become routine animals, discarding the new for the familiar… It isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s far from challenging or rewarding. Sure, make time for your regular things, but never forget to add new ones. New restaurants keep your palate fresh, new experiences keep you young, and new interests make you interesting… Never stop being interested!
What’s on your local bucket list? Last weekend I crossed off one place already!