The Bucket List: Why it’s important to create one now

Don’t know what a bucket list is?  No worries.  Simply put, it’s a wish list of all the things you want to accomplish before your time’s up. Bucket lists became popular after the movie ‘The Bucket List,’ released in 2007, of two men who go on a road trip to tend to some unfinished business before they die.

If you are in your mid-twenties to mid-thirties, congratulations!  You have probably picked the best time to make the most of your list.  You have an idea of what you want out of life.  If you’re younger, great.  And if you’re older, don’t fret.  Starting any time is better than never.  Bucket lists are a great way to become well-rounded and, of course, timeless.

How a ‘bucket list’ is useful for young adults: 

While most people see this as to do list before you die, it can have much more meaning for the young adult.

Expand your horizons – be cultured.  Getting out of your comfort zone and learning about the world is a good way to get a clear view of where you want to go, who you want to be.  If some sort of travel is a part of your list, this is spot on to what you get out of that experience.  Learning about new cultures in person is much different than watching a documentary or reading about them online.  There is just something about being immersed in an environment that is not what you are accustomed to that turns you into a more sophisticated person.

Get the most out of life.  While we are busy saving, planning for the future and rushing to climb the corporate ladder, we forget that getting the most out of life is what life is all about.  There is nothing wrong with working hard and being prepared for the future, but you can be well-rounded while working and enjoying life.  We work to live, but what good is that life if we can’t enjoy it?

Experience is the best teacher.  Over and over we’ve heard from mentors, advisers and parents that experience is the best way to learn.  Previous relationships, old jobs, horrible mistakes, etc. make up who you are now.  Think of experiences as little puzzle pieces that come together to make you, you.  Whether it’s the process of planning, interaction with others or even just the act of completing a goal on your list, you will experience so much more than you do in your everyday routine.

Make your list count!

No matter when you start your own list, make sure it counts.  Take into consideration what you would do if you had just the end of this year to live.  What would you do during that time?

Take some time out of your schedule; it’ll take longer than an hour lunch break to complete.  Don’t expect your list to come to you in just one day, so don’t rush.  You can continue adding as you mark one off the list or if something in your life changes.  Just make sure your list is full of items that you’ll enjoy doing – even if it’s by yourself.

Ask yourself questions to help get you started:

  1. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do?
  2. What story would you love to tell your grand-kids one day?
  3. Are there any special events that year?
  4. Are any notable people touring that you’ve always wanted to meet?
  5. What countries have you always wanted to visit?
  6. What change do you want to see in the world and how can you start it?

…Now do it!

Let’s get straight to the point:  This is completely useless if you don’t act on it.  The easiest way to make sure you mark things off your list is to set a deadline.  Pick just one of the items and set a date to complete it.  Once that one is complete, set a date to complete the next one.  It’s not easy.  But remember the feeling you’ll get when you accomplish each one.

Happy listing!

Liz C.


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