Have you ever stopped to think about what you really want to do with your life?
Most people wait until it’s too late.
Instead of living life to the fullest every day, they don’t start living until they find out they don’t have much time left.
In the movie “The Bucket List,” Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two terminally ill men who meet at and escape from a cancer ward. Then, they head off on a road trip with a wish list of things they want to do before they die…or “kick the bucket.”
Hence, the title/term “The Bucket List.”
My question is: WHY DO PEOPLE WAIT?
I, for one, want to do, see, and experience as much as I can while I’m still (relatively) young and able.
I want to lie on my death bed (but not anytime soon), smiling as I remember all of the amazing things I experienced during my life, not full of regret for all the things I meant to do but never got around to.
What’s the point of a Bucket List?
Well, as I see it, a bucket list serves many purposes:
- It makes you think about what makes you happy
- It gives you activities to look forward to, which can be as exciting as the event itself
- It helps you become happier and experience more joy through those activities
- It helps you live a richer, more fulfilling life since you are making your happiness a priority
- It helps you create new, lasting memories with each activity you do
- It gives you a sense of accomplishment every time you check off an item you completed (just like a “To Do” list)
- It inspires others to live each day to the fullest when they see how you are living your life
What should I put on my Bucket List?
Your Bucket List is just that: yours.
What you put on it is totally up to you. There are no rules.
Start by asking yourself “what makes me happy?”
- Taking a trip?
- Acquiring a new skill?
- Volunteering here or abroad?
- Learning a new language?
The sky’s the limit!
I make New Year’s Resolutions each year. Why do I need a bucket list?
New Year’s Resolutions and Bucket Lists are not the same. Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions? They’re made with good intentions.
Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them?
The most common resolutions usually include things like:
- Losing weight
- Getting organized
- Spending less/Saving more
- Quitting smoking
These and other resolutions are made with the best of intentions. However, those who are unsuccessful often feel guilt and/or shame.
No, thanks! I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago.
Instead, I have a bucket list instead full of things I want to do, things that will create lasting memories and bring me joy.
How should I go about making my Bucket List?
Again, it’s totally up to you. There are many ways you can go about it. You can…
Make a Simple List
Make a Vision Board
(For ideas and How To’s, check out Pinterest)
Make one using a combination of words & images
Make a Digital Bucket List
Make a photo collage
Once you’ve created your Bucket List, hang it somewhere you will see it frequently.
Then, use visualization techniques in conjunction with your bucket list.
- Close your eyes and visualize yourself enjoying each activity on your bucket list.
- Imagine how much pleasure and joy you’ll feel when doing each activity.
- See yourself checking each item off your list.
(I know it sounds hokey, but if professional athletes and other successful people use visualization, there must be something to it!)
“What you think you create. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you become.”
Okay, I’ve made my Bucket List. Now what??
Simple. Pick something on the list and do it!
In the words of Red in the movie The Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”
Want some inspiration? Check out MY bucket list:
A Traveling Broad
* Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute