Do you have a bucket list? Most people’s bucket lists, consist of large adventures or big projects/achievements.
Maybe it’s to climb Mt. Everest, be mortgage-free before 40 or backpack throughout Asia.
A Bucket List is just a list of goals, dreams and aspirations you want to achieve before you die. Lovely!
Firstly, I love the idea of a Bucket List. I think we should always have something to aim for.
Secondly, I think we should cherish our accomplishments. Too often this world is full of regrets and negativity. So, a goal list or a Bucket List can really help you to push through all that and add some flavour to your life.
One thing about Bucket Lists, is there are always full of big projects or adventures, as I said. But they don’t have to be.
Don’t be afraid, or put off, from thinking small. Have you always wanted to learn to juggle? So add it to your list. What about learning to ride a motorcycle? Add it! Just because something is small and/or easier to achieve than say, climbing Mt Everest, doesn’t mean it’s not valid.
Remember to enjoy the little things 🙂
I actually have “learn to Juggle” on my Bucket List and my partner has Fly a Kite because he’s never done that!
Break it down into manageable chunks
Bucket Lists should be treated like any other goal, with planning and steps. Otherwise, it’s just a wish that you kinda hope comes true.
Wishing does nothing. Stop wishing, start planning!
So, first, you need to make your list. My partner and I use a spreadsheet (because, you know, we love spreadsheets!)
Take some time, think about things you want to accomplish. If you died tomorrow what would you regret never having done?
Want to swim with sharks? How about going whale watching? Meet your favourite (living) author at a book-signing? Travel around Europe? Complete a whole game of Monopoly using the ACTUAL rules?
Big, small, crazy, mundane – it doesn’t matter. Just make that list!
Now what you can do is start breaking them down into chunks. If you have big ones on there, that may need some saving up for, or detailed planning, consider when you might be able to achieve that.
The idea is to give yourself almost like a time frame. The problem with some Bucket List creators, is they make the list then it all becomes “Someday.” Someday I will visit Africa. Someday I will go on a Jet Ski. Even the small things become Someday.
Use that boring time
We all have those days when we’re bored. Not sure what to do. Maybe plans fell through or we got a free day we weren’t expected (snow day) and haven’t the clue what to do with it.
Well, that’s the best time to whip out the ol’ Bucket List and try and knock something off it. (If possible) See, this is why it’s good to have some small things on there. 🙂
Make it a group activity
If your partner and/or family have similar Bucket List ideas, such as all of you wanting to go to Iceland, then you can organise as a group.
Check prices, start saving, encourage each other.
X Before Y
One thing my partner and I are doing is 40 before 40 (because we’re both in our 30s). This is where we take 40 things from the Bucket List we believe can be achieved before we’re 40.
This is a mix of big and small things, and now we have a deadline, we’re more likely to make them happen!
It’s going to be fun when we do the 50 before 50 list! 😀
Achievements and Memories
It is all too easy to become complacent in life. We follow routines, let work and school eat up our time, feel tired and sluggish and vow to be better…. but we don’t always manage it.
Many people had big aspirations when they were younger. Life, responsibility, family, parenthood and many other things can affect that.
The Bucket List is about focusing your sights on something you want, something you desire. It doesn’t have to be a long list. But it should have some memorable ideas on it.
We go through life collecting possessions and regrets. We need more memories, good memories of things we’ve done.
Every year I make a list of things I’ve done. They aren’t always earth-shattering, but even small victories are important. Since I struggle with my anxiety, these little wins can help to bolster me up for the next hurdle I have to get through.
I keep the lists and like to look back at what I’ve achieved, things I’ve done, memories I’ve created. Whether it was learning archery or just visiting an aquarium. 🙂
Do you have a Bucket List?
If you’re happy to, share one or two things on your list. It can be something you’ve completed or something you are still hoping to achieve.