Create a Bucket List
“We live, we die, the wheels on the bus go round and round.” This is a quote from the movie The Bucket List and it pretty much sums up the inevitability of life. This movie, if you haven’t seen it, is about two old guys who are dying. Depressing I know but it gets better. It’s this one guy who is extremely rich and he has to share a hospital room with another guy. They both decide that they haven’t done enough with their life so they start
to do things they have always wanted to do. So they make a list of things they want to do before they kick the bucket. AKA the Bucket List. Now I have no idea if this movie is good, honestly I have never seen it, but the idea is really something I can get behind. Life is short! That is just the way it is. So this week I am challenging you to grab a pencil and physically write down your bucket list. You only live once right (did I really just use YOLO), so you might as well use the time you’ve got. And many people , me being one of these people, do collect a list of things they want to do in their lifetime. But we never write it down. I mean I fall into the trap of talking about something I really want to do someday, and saying “That goes on the list,” Or “Cross another thing off the list,” but the list isn’t actually anywhere but my brain. And that is key! By writing them down, it makes it real. It says “Hey! These are thing I actually want to do in my life, let’s start doing them!” It makes you accountable. In ten years you can pull out this list and actually see how many of these things you actually did. And it makes them more attainable. If you have some actual things, you have actual things to work towards instead of just crossing them off an imaginary list. So let’s get writing! Unsure where to begin? Well I have scrapped up some tips for making your Bucket List the best one EVER!
BUCKET LIST TIPS
The more specific they are, the more attainable they will seem. If you know for sure that you want to bungee jump off of the Twin Falls Bridge in Idaho, put that on the list.
In fact, do some research when you add it and maybe include companies that do it. That makes the activity that much more real and makes it easier for you to remember exactly what you implied when you added it to the list. (PS the picture is of the bridge... you can actually bungee off that....crazy right!)
I realize this is contradictory to the last one, but hear me out. If you have items on the list that are more general activities, keep them vague. For example, I really want to see the Northern Lights sometime before I kick it, but I am not very picky on where I see them. That’s when you can keep it vague. You can see the northern lights all over the world, so if you don’t care where you see them leave it vague so that the activity is easier completed. It might be a good idea with things like that though to maybe add a side note on when and where good places to do that might be. Because you might have a trip to Canada planned and not even realize, before looking at your list, that you are half an hour away from the best place to see the northern lights.
Keep it fluid
This is a process. Don’t sit down this weekend and think that you are going to have a complete list. It should constantly be changing and being updated. It should evolve with you. People change over time and things that you thought you would never want to do, might end up at the top of the list. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you can only come up with a few things. Again it will grow as you grow. But if you do need ideas to get started, there are plenty of websites with bucket list ideas. Check out this one for starters. Or here. Or look at your friend’s list. Maybe some of theirs are some of yours and you can do them together!
Be true to you
This is one is EXTERMELY important!! You might check out websites or see things that people say, “Oh dude/dudette, you have to do this!” (who talks like that…anyway) . If it’s not something that interests you, don’t sweat it. This is a list to keep you from not doing the things you want to do, not the things Joe Bob wants to do. So make it yours! Now I will add a but to this section. It was H. Jackson Brown Jr who said, “Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” Just a thought.
Have fun with it. There are so many crazy things you can do in the world. Why not add some of the crazier ones. Like do a Zombie Pub Crawl, or go to a giant tomato fight. There are so many options, don’t limit yourself to just the normal ones.
Cover all aspects of life.
Lots of people, me included, focus mainly on travel when creating a bucket list. Don’t DO IT! Create relationship items, and financial ones. Cover all aspects of your life and if you are really ambitious, categorize them. It will keep your life well rounded as well as your goals.
Make some of them easier!
One thing many people forget to do is add more immediate options. There are plenty of things people want to do that are instantly attainable (I recommend building a rocket ….link) . And it keeps your bucket list from getting discarded and ending up in the back of the closet where no one will see it. If you include smaller things that you can do while working towards the bigger ones, it will A.) keep your life more exciting and more full of adventures and B.) you’re more likely to keep up with it.
Post it Publicly
Like on here. If you want to you can send me your list and I will post it on here as an example. You can also post it places like Facebook or Tumblr. This keeps it easily accessible, even if you forget about it for a while and keeps you more accountable. Plus someone might see it online, and it completely matches theirs so you decide to meet, and you realize that you are SOULMATES. Too much? Well it is possible to make friends with people who want to do similar things this way, and even more likely to get tips on how to make specific things happen. For example you post that you really want to go surfing someday, but you live in MN. Someone might comment and tell you that there are actually people that surf on rivers and lakes in MN (this is the truth, see below). And before you know it another bucket list item checked off the list.
Last but not least---Put something you can do TODAY!
Remember we are about action! So go out and do something today!