At Lobster, we’re lucky enough to collaborate with some extremely talented travel photographers and our most recent discovery is certainly no exception.
If you want to know how to do the whole bucket list thing properly, look no further than Annette White, who is rapidly ticking off items from a list of 880 activities. From feeding swimming pigs in the Bahamas through to sleeping in a haunted house in Savannah, Annette’s escapades have taken her to some of the furthest-flung corners of the planet.
But how did someone who readily acknowledges their own anxieties step so far out of their comfort zone? We spoke with Annette to learn more about her inspirational journey so far.
Making a bucket list is one thing, but it can be hard to actually take the first step. What one piece of advice would you give someone on how to get started?
Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not worth even beginning if you are only able to make a small start. If your goal is completing a marathon, put on your running shoes and walk around the block. If it is learning how to speak Italian, memorise one word a day or even a week. Every accomplishment starts with one single step; it doesn’t matter how big or small as long as you are making the effort to move forward.
Creating these types of baby steps is especially helpful when you are trying to tackle a larger, long-term goal. It is less daunting to focus on each small task, plus you will get a confidence boost with each little milestone reached, as you will realise that you are one step closer to your goal. When you are looking at the big picture in its entirety, it can seem overwhelming and intimidating, which can promote procrastination. By breaking it down into bite-sized pieces and concentrating on each one individually, it makes it seem more doable.
If you think back, which one of your many experiences immediately springs to mind? Could you describe it?
One of my most thrilling travel adventures was swimming in Jellyfish Lake in the tiny Micronesian country of Palau. The lake is home to millions of jellyfish that are deemed relatively harmless since their sting is so light. It was still frightening for the first five minutes to be completely surrounded by pulsating plankton, some brushing up against my body. But after the panic dissipated, there was something mesmerising about the way they moved and this became one of my all-time favourite bucket list adventures.
Who has been your greatest inspiration in life and why?
I can’t say that there has been just one person who was the greatest source of inspiration, but there have been so many. I mostly get inspired by all the dreamers in the world who have the courage to face their fears leading them on a path to living their best life. This could be anyone from a street cart vendor in Guatemala to an artisan pottery maker in Italy to a local teenager following their passion for ballet.
“We fuel our bodies with food, our minds with education and our hearts with love, but new experiences and dreams can nourish our spirit in ways that nothing else can.”
To celebrate Annette’s story, we’ve created a unique collection of her work – take a look.
And if you’re looking to start your own trip of a lifetime, here’s some inspiration from her recent book “Bucket List Adventures: 10 Incredible Journeys to Experience Before You Die” which is available at Amazon.