Creating Your Bucket List

Everyone needs a bucket list – a list of all the things they would like to do before they “kick the bucket”.

Here are nine points to consider as you undertake the task of putting together your bucket list.

  1. Dream big! Don’t limit your bucket list to things that are practical and feasible. Think of your bucket list as the place to record your “wildest dreams”. What if there were absolutely no limitations on what you could accomplish, financial or otherwise? What are some of the things you would want to do before you die? I’m not suggesting that you leave off the things that are practical and feasible, just don’t limit yourself to those items.
     
  2. Don’t over-analyze. Your bucket list is a dream list. If something crosses your mind that you want to include on your dream list, put it on there. Don’t worry about how realistic it seems. Don’t spend a lot of time analyzing whether or not it actually belongs on your bucket list. The main “analytical” question you should ask about any bucket list item is, “Do I really want to do this?”
     
  3. Don’t limit yourself. Your bucket list can be as long or as short as you want it to be. Don’t pre-determine how many items should be on your list. If you do, you might find yourself just making stuff up that you don’t really have a desire to do, just to fill up your list. Or, you might be tempted to leave off some items that you really want to do, in order to keep your list from getting too long. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as “too short” or “too long” when it comes to bucket lists. Just make sure that your list is yours, and accurately represents the things that YOU want to do. Oh, and don’t worry if your list contains so many items that you’ll never be able to do them all. That’s actually a good thing, because it gives you more choices every time you start planning your next adventure! No one says you have to check every item off of your bucket list before you die.
     
  4. Copy from others. OK, I know I just said that your bucket list should be your own, and it should be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get some ideas from other people’s bucket lists. In fact, you can get some great ideas from other people’s bucket lists. Here are a few websites where you might get some good ideas.
     
    http://bucketlist.org/
    http://www.bucketlist.net/
    http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/bucket%20list

    For more ideas, Google “_________ bucket list”, and fill in the blank with the name of a city, state, or country.

    You’re welcome to check out my bucket list for ideas as well.

  5. Look at your list every day. You need to keep your bucket list items fresh on your mind. Look at your list, or at least part of it, every day. Think about the item you want to cross off of your list next. Visualize yourself accomplishing one of your bucket list items. Find pictures that represent your bucket list items and put them in a notebook. Flip through the notebook every day to help keep your bucket list dreams alive.
     
  6. Share your list with others. Just like you were probably inspired by items on other people’s bucket lists, your bucket list might provide inspiration for someone else. Go back to the first two websites listed under suggestion #4 above, create an account, and share some of your bucket list items.
     
  7. Pick one and start working on it. It’s called a “bucket list” for a reason. One of these days, you are going to kick the bucket. Chances are, you have no idea when that’s going to happen. So, guess what. You’re going to have to actually start working your bucket list in order for it to do you any good. Pick an item, any item on your list. You might start with the easiest item to accomplish, or you might start with the biggest one, or the most exciting one , or the most meaningful one. It really doesn’t matter. Just pick one, and start doing something! Whenever you cross one item off of your list, pick another one and start working on it. Or, work on several at the same time.
     
  8. Record your adventures. Take lots of pictures and/or videos as you live out your bucket list. Journal about your experiences. Save souvenirs and mementos from each adventure. Scrapbook about your bucket list journey. In short, record your adventures in as much detail as possible so that your kids and grandkids can read about them and enjoy them for years to come.
     
  9. Never stop dreaming. Making a bucket list isn’t supposed to be a one-time exercise. Any time you think of something else you want to do before you die, add it to your list. Talk to other people about their bucket lists, or go back and look at some of those idea-starter websites again. Keep dreaming and keep building your list.

In my next post, we will look at a number of brainstorming questions you can ask yourself in order to spark ideas for items to add to your bucket list.

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