by Debra R. Northup
The term “bucket list” has been around for a very long time but it wasn’t made popular until the movie with Morgan Freeman titled “Bucket
List” came out a few years ago. The term derives from the old saying, “kicking the bucket” which is a polite way of referring to your life coming to an end. Thus, the concept of such a list is to record all the things that you would like to do while you are still alive on this planet.
Bucket lists usually go into the 3 digits of things to do, but if you’re not a very adventurous person you might not make it that far. However, there are so many aspects of life that you can include on your list like personal interests, conquests, business achievements, social achievements and so on and so forth.
What about travel? Are there not countless places that you would want to see in the world before your final day is over? And what about activities like skydiving, bungee jumping, racing motorcycles, going snow-boarding, just to name a few?
Now the idea with the list is that once you’ve made it that you actually start crossing things off it on a regular basis because you never know how long you’ve got left to live. If you have 100 items, try and cross some-thing off once a week, or at least once a month.
For me personally I’ve reached 100 things on my bucket list with ease and I still haven’t even come halfway to all the things I want to do and experience in this lifetime. I’ve also crossed off about 50 already and I just steadily keep working towards completing the rest of the list. It’s just so much fun to do.
While ultimately there is no score to achieve in life; and it doesn’t matter whether you did more or less than anyone when you die, a bucket list is a way to inspire you to experience and live life to the fullest. To do things that you would normally never get around to doing.
It’s way too easy to get caught up in the mundane routine of life for 60 years of your life and then wake up to realize your best years are behind you and you don’t have much to show for it. Your bucket list starts right now; the time is now to make it and to start working towards completing it. Every single second of your life that passes you by is one that you will never get back.
So how do you make a list? Well, I suggest getting a book or a diary in which you can write all your ideas down, or you can even do it digitally if you’d like. Just find a quiet place and start writing down all the things that you would like to do before you die. Imagine that you only have one year left to live, what would you want to see, what would you want to experience, who would you like to meet?
Once you have your list, make a plan how you’re going to work your way through it. You can and should add to your list from time to time because let’s face it, there are limitless things to do and you probably can’t think of every single one in just one session. Good luck to you!