Why It’s Good To Have A Bucket List

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.

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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.

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Think Small

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!

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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! 😀

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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.  🙂

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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. 

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Sorry, this is a bit late, I lost track of time.  Hope you’re all having a great Friday and looking forward to the weekend.

Happy writing


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23 thoughts on “Why It’s Good To Have A Bucket List

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  4. Jearlenbaugh

    What a wonderful encouragement! I have always kept lists of things I enjoy to do.. for instance I keep a constantly updated list of my favorite movies.

    I like the idea of setting a reasonable deadline though. Very intriguing format.. I will have to write my bucket list! One of the items will be to read the 100 books every person should read put out by either NPR or BBC. I’ve seen it several times.. I’ll have to find it!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I love your idea of keeping a list of favourite movies!!

      Yay I have that 100 book one on my list too.

      I didn’t think a deadline to bucket lists really helps to keep you on track.

      I like to choose several per year that I think I can manage.

  5. Great post! I do have a bucket list, but it’s not one list… I should probably compile it all together. There are so many things I want to do, lol. Also, now that I’ve been to Canada, I’m no longer afraid of traveling and want to go everywhere now!

    1. lol I know what you mean. I had mine on three different documents and have now got them all nicely stored on one spreadsheet. Makes life so much easier. Since looking at it in the 40 before 40 method, I feel like I am getting more completed!

      That’s great about the traveling, I hope you get to visit many awesome places. Where is your next possible destination?

      1. That’s great! I have a list in my journal of things I wanted to complete throughout the year. Though that was for 2017 and I never made one for 2018.

        I’m not sure. There’s another gaming expo in Oregon in October, but I don’t think the timing will match up. Plus, I’d need money and that’s something I’m a little short of right now, lol.

  6. What a great idea! I will start one straight away. As I will be 60 (sob!) in September it is too late for 40 before 40, 50 before 50 and even 60 before 60 so it will have to be 70 before 70! I am hoping to see the northern lights next year when we holiday in the Scottish Isles for our 25th wedding anniversary. That has been a dearest wish for a long time and will head my bucket list. Hope you are well, Ari and enjoyed the Easter weekend.

    1. Hi Clare,
      I’ll be 64 in September and I’m still here. 😉 Embrace it! You’re still alive and alive is good.

      I never made a list, at least not that I recall, but there were things I wanted to do and new things that got added along the way.

      Like many little girls I wanted to learn to ride a horse and maybe have one of my own. An Appaloosa named Salty Dog and I were together from 1968 – 1973.
      I wanted to visit New England and ended up living in Ipswich, Massachusetts for one year – visited New Hampshire and Maine as well during that year.
      Go to England – done with my mom in 1971 and again in 2005 with my daughter – adding Scotland the second time.
      Ride in a hot air balloon. Did that in August of 2013.
      Learn to fence. Wanted to do that since I was 10 years old or younger. Joined a fencing club in 2001 at age 47 and fenced until early 2006.

      One thing on my list that I won’t be able to do was taking a trip via a Concorde jet. They were all taken out of service in 2003 . . . but (in looking up the end date of the Concordes) I’ve found out that NASA and Sir Richard Branson are both currently working on new supersonic commercial/passenger planes, so who knows? I might get to do that after all. 😊

      1. Thanks Pearl! I think it’s the ages with a zero that worry me in advance 😀 Most of the time I don’t think about my age.
        I always though it such a pity that Concorde was grounded after just one crash. It was noisy though – I remember it flying over my house regularly and we all recognised the sound. It was quite expensive to run but so beautiful! 🙂

      2. I understand that Clare, I am also not a fan of ages with zero at the end. I never really think about my age, I still feel (and act) like I’m 26 – I think that’s my peak year and I’m happy to stay like that!

        I keep trying to remember, age is just a number and it’s not as restrictive as society often makes us think it is. 😀

      3. Wow Pearl that is some list you have already done. I am inspired and jealous! lol I really hope you still manage to get on that supersonic jet even if it’s not Concorde.

        What was the hot air balloon like? We scheduled one but then the weather was so bad for so many months we just ended up cancelling because we struggled get the time off. It’s still on my list though. 😀

    2. Hi Clare, thanks for the comment. Ooh I have the Northern Lights on my list too. What a lovely idea to do it on for your wedding anniversary. 😀

      You know what, 70 before 70 is do-able! I think you’ll be knocking things off that list in no time! One thing I have started doing, is making a Memory book. Literally one photo for each thing off the bucket list. Once I get the photos sorted, I’ll print them in a photo book with the date and some notes beside it as a keepsake.

      I am well my friend, I hope you are doing okay. 🙂 Take care

    1. Oh definitely. I even found an older bucket list I made in my early 20s and I was surprised because I’d forgotten some of them and others I’d actually completed without even remembering they were on it! lol

      Do you have any Bucket List activities you are hoping to do?

      1. awkward brown guy

        Oh, cool! Hey, maybe there’s something in the subconscious at work there. Hmm, I actually need to set aside some time to solidify this. Thanks for the prompt!

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