Climb the Eiffel Tower, learn to cook, speak Italian, have a house on the beach, jump out of a plane… Are these things that you have in your bucket list (do you want to do)?
We all have goals and aspirations, things that we dream about and hope to experience in our lives before we die. Well, that makes you already have a bucket list, or at least a mental one. And, although this is very good, having a more “formed” (that is, written) bucket list can be much more beneficial to make what you want to come true.
What is a bucket list?
Perhaps at some point you have heard the term bucket list or wish list. Which, in a nutshell, is a list (duh) where you can put all that great collection of dreams and aspirations that you would like to see realized at some point. The basic purpose of this is to keep track of those dreams and begin to be aware that you want to achieve it so that they become a reality.
In general, it can help you have many more experiences outside the daily routine, since they contain things that can even scare you how big they may seem at first. But do not worry about that because you are already taking the first step to achieve them.
The term “bucket list” is believed to have been born in the Middle Ages, but it became more popular after the release of the movie with the same name “Bucket List”, where Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson (whose characters are dying of cancer) create a list of things to do before they die, and then do them.
What should you put in your bucket list?
There really is no such thing as a general rule to make your bucket list, since everyone has different wishes and dreams, so it is something totally personal.
For example, mine includes skydiving and bungee jumping, diving and riding a big roller coaster, but maybe you are not a person who likes strong emotions and that will make you not want to include jumping from a parachute at all. Your list may be totally different.
The thing in all of this is that you include something that really excites you, and you know that it is worth going for it. What if you should not include are things like sweeping, rubbing that side, vacuuming, etc. Leave that for your daily or weekly to-do list, even monthly, but not your bucket list.
You can also find more ideas at BucketList.org
Reasons to start your own Bucket List
Okay, now that we’ve seen what it is, what you should, and what not in your bucket list. Let’s look at some reasons why making your own can be really important.
1. Helps you dream big
Has it happened to you that you have that great dream, but suddenly you see the calendar or your bank account, and you feel that you can no longer do it? Well, a bucket list helps you prevent that from happening. Why? Because a bucket list has no deadline, only the date of your death, but nobody knows what it is, so there is no date. This, then, does not help you not to get discouraged by time, since you do not get discouraged if you did not meet that goal that you set for the end of the month. So it helps you imagine those big and wild dreams without being afraid of them.
You can write everything you want in your bucket list and gradually fulfill it.
Many times it is difficult to find ways to motivate ourselves when we want to do something that we do not know when it will come or that we are not sure yet, and so on. However, having a bucket list can help you remember what the end goal is, and that way make it a lot easier to follow until you cross that thing off your wish list.
3. You step out of your comfort zone
We all have ready-made “routines”; things like washing dishes, making food, going to the supermarket, etc. All of those are part of our comfort zone because we are really used to them.
But when we risk doing something on our bucket list, something that is outside that line that draws our comfort zone, we grow in one way or another. You learn a new lesson, try something different, meet interesting people, see different things, build your confidence, and the list can go on and on.
4. You remember what you want or wanted to do
Yup, when we were little we still had a (probably) non-physical bucket list, but we did. And if you remember, maybe now you can relate it to something you want to do in the future or something you’re doing right now. For example, I wanted to be a teacher and although now I know that I do not want to be in a classroom with children screaming everywhere, I know that I want to teach even a little to people about how little or how much I know.
Likewise, it may be that in a few years you will see your current list again and update it with your new interests. Ignore me if you don’t want to, but I promise it would be interesting if you did.
5. You learn to prioritize more
If you’ve already moved that thing from an idea to something you really want to do, congratulations, you already took the first step! But now the most difficult part is to achieve it, and for this we need to prioritize. It is somewhat complicated, I know, but little by little we can learn to do it.
The fact of having a goal helps you to know in which you should invest more and in which less time and energy. You can learn little by little to organize your week and your days, and I promise you that with the motivation of your bucket list behind the scenes, it will be much easier for you to continue with it.
6. It excites you
A wish list will help give you that reason to keep working one more hour to get that money that will take you to France and enjoy a delicious croissant while looking at the beautiful landscape out your window with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. And just as you imagined that scene I just described, you can imagine any other that is on your list.
Sure, it will be much easier for you to get excited and continue until you achieve it.
How to start a bucket list?
To start your bucket list, you don’t really need much. A pen, a notebook, and your ideas and dreams are technically all you need to get started.
Just start writing those things that you want to achieve in your entire life, they do not have to be in any specific order, and you do not have to stick to your current situation (be it economic, geographical, age, etc.). Start visualizing the things you want to do, how you see yourself in the following years, and write everything that comes to mind. No matter how crazy or “unreal” you see them at this precise moment in your life, if you work on it one day you can achieve it.
To do this, after writing what you want to do, you can divide them and turn them into even more tangible goals. Set dates for each one to make it a goal (it may be just a few at the beginning, no need to get overwhelmed). Then break them down into steps to turn them into a plan. And finally start living doing actions every day that lead you to fulfill them.
All of this will help you motivate yourself and continue until you achieve them. The small actions and decisions are what will lead you to fulfill each and every one of the things on your wish list. So do not despair, leave it in the hands of the universe (or whatever you believe in), take action and follow that one day you will achieve it. I believe in you ♡
A bucket list can be a great companion on this journey called life. It can help you in many aspects in your life, as it will lead you to learn and achieve more. Trust me (and trust you) and get started, you don’t have a deadline to complete that list, so don’t put any other limits on yourself. As a result of doing it, you will get one more motivation to do and achieve what you want so much.
Tell me, what is it that will top your Bucket list? Have you already started yours?
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Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a great day, month and life where you fulfill everything that you put on your bucket list.