A bucket list according to the urban dictionary is a list of things you would like to do before you die. In 2007, it was the name of a movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson starring as dying cancer patients who together create and tackle their list of things to do and places to go before they pass.
Simply, a bucket list is a list of goals, places to visit, things to see and experiences to enjoy during your lifetime. As easy as doing something that you never got around to, or extreme experiences like jumping out of planes. There are foodie bucket lists, adventure lists, career lists, financial lists, family lists….. in reality, a bucket list is a representation of who you are and what drives you.
As a travel consultant, I come face to face with bucket lists all the time. For some, it is a simple presence that marks it as complete. For other’s it is a task or specific experience that makes it check worthy. So how do you get started with creating your own lifelong bucket list?
Step 1 – Inspiration; What drives you? What excites you? What would motivate you to try something you have never done, go somewhere you had to challenge yourself to get to or simply just take the time you haven’t taken in the past to get up and do it?
Step 2 – Be Specific & Realistic; go to Europe is a very broad and open option. Saying you want to see all of Europe in a 2 week time frame is setting yourself up for disappointment. Know where/what are your exact goals and an expectation you plan to achieve them.
Step 3 – Motivation; this is what drives you to take the chance, make the commitment and excites you enough to work everyday to accomplish the tasks you are setting. Your list should get you excited and have you dreaming about the opportunities.
Step 4 – Accountability; share your list, discuss your goals and accomplishments. Make it a part of your existence. Write it down, check or cross items off, post it on your social media, share experiences with friends and family. Tip; discuss it with everyone. You never know who are experts that can share their knowledge, expanding your goals or even better assisting you in making them reality.
Step 5 – Document; not like a one and done, but a living document. As humans, our wants, needs and goals are always changing. What drives us at 30 is not necessarily what motivates us at 40, 50 and beyond. As you cross items off your list, as exciting as those moments are, more options will be added and some may even change.
Step 6 – Enjoyment; this is the most important reason for creating and living your bucket list!
From one bucket lister to another. Keep it real and let it drive you. Your bucket list will expand your knowledge, your experiences and continue to grow, as will you.