Make your own bucket list
A bucket list is a list of everything you wish to accomplish before you “kick the bucket” – anything you would regret not doing or trying before you reach the end of life. It could be learning something new, travelling somewhere you’ve never been or simply accomplishing a task. It could be big or small. But whatever it is, it has meaning and is important to YOU.
A lot of people are looking for a meaning or a goal in their life. We can’t always wait for the right moment to experience life. Start now by making your own list. Set goals for achievements on a big scale, but also for a small scale; think every year, every month, every week, every day.
You can have all the experiences the world has to offer, but if you don’t get to share them with those that are close to you, they may feel empty. It’s way more meaningful to share your bucket list with the important people in your life: your family and close friends.
Why make a bucket list?
- Give your life purpose and meaning. Life is about having fun, creating joyful memories. The list helps create fresh new experiences and ambitions to feel happy and excited about. Stay motivated even when times get tough.
- Defining goals gives direction and focus to build excitement and bring dreams to life. Everyday life can get in the way. The list reminds us of the big picture and helps us stay true to our own values.
- Reward yourself. The list is measurable and it gives you incentive for major accomplishments. Celebrate each triumph or achievement.
- Anticipating an experience gives us almost as much of a thrill as the actual event.
Start your very own bucket list:
First brainstorm and dream of everything and anything you’ve ever wanted to do – with no limits. Start writing all your desires and dreams down. Get inspiration from the Internet to help you get started, but stay true to your own values and dreams. Then organize your thoughts into categories: travel, learning, activities, etc.
How to put your list into motion:
Start by thinking about what’s most important to you. Then plan goals based on time and money. For example, what is your travel budget? Plan trips according to time off and what you can afford. Or if you want to learn something new, research classes in your area and find one that fits your schedule and budget. A big goal such as travelling would be spread out over time and fulfilled as you can afford it. You may also have monthly and weekly goals, which cost much less and are more feasible such as apple picking or painting or even running your first race.
It may seem odd, but the goal of the bucket list is not to complete it but to keep it growing! Your bucket list will be dynamic and fluid, changing from time to time. Share your list and ideas with as many people as possible. It’s an interesting topic that many people would love to hear about. And you’ll be surprised that some people may help you reach your goals by offering advice and connections.
Once you’ve completed something off your list, it doesn’t end there. Celebrate it by sharing your success through social media, blog about it, create a photo album or journal, and/or collect keepsakes.
It doesn’t matter if you complete everything on your list. What’s more important is that you tried and achieved some of those things on your list. It’s about the journey, not the destination. Use the list as your own personal guideline to self-improvement.
Finally, remember to pay it forward; support other people’s goals and dreams.
What’s on your bucket list?
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