There was a movie I saw a long time ago that came out in 2007 called The Bucket List. Why bring the movie up? Well it really fits into what I want to talk about today.
The Bucket List is a 2007 American buddy comedy-drama film directed and produced by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”
This is probably not the first time you have heard of a bucket list, but if you have never had one, or not focused
much on the one you already have, there has never been a better time to revisit the idea. You may not even realize that you have your own bucket list of things you want to either alone or with something.
A bucket list is simply a list of things you want to accomplish in your life. They can be places you want to visit, friends you want to catch up with, activities you want to learn, or things you want to get done in your life.
Everyone has a different bucket list and a different reason for having one. As you age and into your later years, it is a great idea to work on your bucket list. It helps you to focus on your goals, find fulfillment in your life, and really enjoy life for what it is.
Follow Your Passions
To start working on your bucket list, think about what your passions are. What activities bring you the most joy? What do you turn to when you have a day off to do what you want? What is your favorite form of self-care?
The answers to these types of questions usually leads to your biggest passions in life. Maybe when you have a weekend off, you enjoy going on a road trip because you love to travel. Or you are someone who enjoys having family over whenever you get the chance. Or maybe your favorite activities are creative ones, like drawing, writing, or creating something at home.
Think about your passions, then think of what aligns with them, that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.
For example one of the major things on my husband’s bucket list was to see Jimmy Buffet and for his birthday this year, we got to see him on stage here in town. That took one major thing off his bucket list.
What Have You Always Wanted to Do?
This is the easiest way to start working on your bucket list. Think of things big and small that have been on your “life bucket list” that you haven’t yet done. Maybe there is a place you want to travel to, an activity like skydiving (no freaking way am I going to up out of a perfectly good airplane) or scuba diving you always wanted to try, or a local event you seem to miss every time, that you want to make a point to go to.
Your bucket list is personal to you and may include a wide range of things as small as books you want to read, to big things like owning your first house or buying a new car.
Start Crossing Items Off
Once you have compiled a list of things you want to do, start figuring out what you can do soon, and what takes a little more planning. This might include saving money for a trip, or finding a friend to do a certain activity with you. Pin it up on your wall at home or on Pinterest with all the other great ideas are found, maybe put it in your planner, and really focus on crossing items off your list.
You are never too old or too young to start working on your own personal bucket list. I am still trying to figure out how to visit England and see where I was born. That is the at the top of my own personal bucket list.