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Why A Bucket List Is Worthwhile

Life Is Too Short!

Have you ever wondered why a bucket list is worthwhile?  It’s easy to imagine all the things you want to do, but it’s hard to commit to doing them. So, to start, it’s best to make a list, a “bucket list” of all the places and things you want to do and the goals, experiences and desires you want to accomplish. Some experts suggest focusing on the question, “If you only had a year left, what would you want to do,” and this is how you can start your bucket list.

Your bucket list needs to be more than just a vague, ever-changing set of ideas in your head. Creating a written list of things you want to do during the remainder of your life will increase the probability that you will achieve most or all of them. Plus, you will have specific things to look forward to!

Actually, your bucket list can also contain things that are meaningful like learning to play a musical instrument, taking a pottery class. Your bucket list can contain a mix of professional goals too like being self-employed, be an entrepreneur. And it can be wishful like you envision yourself retiring by the age of 60.

If you are struggling to come up with items, consider a few questions when writing your bucket list:

  1. What are your dreams in life?
  2. What experiences do you want to be a part of?
  3. If you had unlimited resources (time, money, etc.) what would you do?
  4. Are there any skills you’ve always wanted to learn?
  5. Any places you’ve always wanted to visit?

The point is to figure out what matters to you, not other people. This is why a bucket list is worthwhile. It’s about Y-O-U. Once you’ve created the list, post your bucket list where you can see it every day. On a bulletin board, or what about on your refrigerator?

Edit Your Bucket List

The activities and adventures on your list may seem weird or unrealistic to others, but what matters is that the items are important to you. The activities and adventures on your list can include climbing a mountain, sky diving, or visiting a far off location like Australia.

Your bucket list can contain places you would like to visit, both here in the U.S. and abroad. Remember to make your bucket travel list as specific as possible. The more detailed you can make your bucket list, the better.

For example, rather than writing “I want to visit Hawaii,” you can say “I want to visit Honolulu, Hawaii and take a Hawaiian dancing class” or “I want to visit Waikiki Hawaii and go parasailing and experience a luau.

Or maybe you have projects you want to do, like writing your memoir for your grandkids or future grandkids. Consider new things you want to try, such as taking French lessons or learning how to play golf.

If you’re having trouble thinking of what to add to your bucket list, think back through your life and try to recall things that once interested you but you never had time for. Those are the activities and /or adventures that you most definitely should add to your list.

Checking Things Off Your Bucket List

It’s impossible to do everything on your list at one time. So, focus on one thing at a time, unless of course you win the lotto! You may have to save money, or wait until you reach a different phase in life, but make a plan for how you are going to accomplish all the things that are on your bucket list!

As you accomplish items on your list, take time to reflect on what you’ve done and how you’ve grown from it: mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Keep in mind the list is meant to be changed throughout your life. Your bucket list isn’t written in stone. It is about your personal fulfillment and a reminder not to let life pass you by.

If you don’t have a bucket list in writing yet, start one now, today! If you already have one, get it out. Think about a few new things you can add, or what items you might want to take off your list or change.

Keep affirming your commitment to making your bucket list a reality! Remember as we all say time and time again… “Life’s Too Short,” and it really is, and this is the main reason why a bucket list is worthwhile! So, make sure you start checking things off your bucket list sooner rather than later. Why not have some fun today?


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