What is a bucket list?
A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime
– Oxford Dictionaries
Everyone has a bucket list. It’s quite common whether you’ve put much thought into it or not. You might have it written or just in your head – things you want to do, see, touch, taste or smell before you, well, ‘kick the bucket’ (Read: die).There’s even a movie called The Bucket List (2007). Have a look at the trailer below.
You can look at your bucket list in a number of ways:
1) Far flung dreams
2) Ideas and thoughts that are really just a fantasy
3) The foundation for a future goal
4) Realistic, if you had the time and/or money
5) Never ending and constantly being updated
As a traveller and blogger, lots of experiences on my bucket list are travel-related. Both Rob and I have our own bucket lists. We had some common items, and some that we adopted from the each others, and some personal ones to do before the end.
For a long time, my bucket list was just a list. A list of crazy ideas and big dreams that I never really considered would ever be crossed off until we decided we would plan a world trip. That was, in fact, my number one item.
For some, a world trip is insane! It was the most insane idea I ever had as a kid. As I grew up, it still seemed pretty ridiculous – I’m not a trust fund kid (Oh, do I wish sometimes!) and the importance of having a stable career, kids, and all the other fun things of having a mainstream life that society wants you to have, was drilled into me. Like they are for many of us and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I had an ‘a-ha’ moment, I don’t have children or a mortgage or location commitments, so why am I not doing this? Why am I not seeing the world like I’d always dreamt? I realised I had the time and enthusiasm, so all I needed was the money! So, I started saving and planning, and saving some more. And eventually, it became a reality. Check out our ideas on saving money here.
Crossing off an item from my bucket list (such as learning to ride a horse) has really just fuelled the fire to achieve more and more goals (I’ve since also ridden a camel, donkey and elephant!). Yes, I’m now one of those ever-optimistic people who actually believe you can achieve any goal you set your mind to. When there’s a will, there’s a way…
Check out a sample of my bucket list below:
Since this particular list was written, I’ve visited a out of commission submarine! So, now I want to visit one that’s still part of a working fleet.
A bucket list is personal. It’s as realistic or outrageous as you like. Be brave and be bold, you never know what you can experience in your lifetime. Sure, there’s a little bit of nature vs nurture, but what have you got to lose by trying? What’s stopping you from seeking your dreams and living your life the way you want? Forget the naysayers and go for it! Who’s living your life? You or them?
Items that are on track to being crossed off in the not-so-distant future:
- Live and work away from home
- Multi-day hike in North America
- Successfully make a dessert (Don’t laugh, this is a real goal for me!)
So, what’s on your bucket list? And what are you doing to get yourself closer to crossing off an item?
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