The Bucket List – Key to Intentional Living

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Do you have a bucket list?

A bucket list is generally known as a list of things you want to do before you die. It’s called a bucket list in reference to the idiom “kicking the bucket” which is used as another way to say to die.

I never had a bucket list until recently. Some people wait until they have a terminal diagnosis before creating their list. Kind of like a Make a Wish for adults. No, I have not been diagnosed with anything horrible. I have been listening to a highly motivating podcast called “Live Your List.” Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr are the hosts and I’d love for you to check them out. In episode 10 they discuss the bucket list but I recommend you start with episode 1 so you can hear where they are coming from.

The idea of learning to live your list for me is to change the focus of my day to day life. Instead of waiting for “someday” I want to begin to see ways to move towards items on my list. This is a key to living intentionally.

Building your own list

When building a bucket list, Ryan and Jerrod mention starting with some common categories to spur your imagination. Not all bucket list items need to be big or expensive. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to knit so you can make cute little booties for your grandbabies – put it on your list! I’m going to post the categories along with one or two items in each category to inspire you and maybe give you ideas for your own list.

I would love to hear some of your bucket list items in the comments.

Travel – Kenya and visit Living Room International, vacataion in the Caribbean

Adventure – see an elephant in the wild, hold the hand of a Kenyan hospice patient at Living Room International

Education – obtain my Personal Trainer certification, learn Swahili

Family – family reunion, visit family in Kentucky and Ohio

Volunteer – donate my time to teach CPR and/or a diabetes class

Financial – be debt free!

Life Goals – donate high quality foods to the hungry (nuts are a great option – see this post)

Physical – do a pull up (my nemesis exercise),  hike Castle Crags

Lucky – meet a Dodger player

Random – I don’t have anything in this category but it’s kind of a catch all for items you can’t fit into any of the other categories.

Now it’s your turn. Let me hear what you plan to do.

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4 thoughts on “The Bucket List – Key to Intentional Living

  1. I agree completely about the bucket list. Having a bucket list instead of “bucket thoughts” helps us move toward a life on intentionality. For example, when I see Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, and Mount Hua at the top of my list, I realize that if I want to do these things “some day” then I need to build some healthy habits today.
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    • Those are some great bucket list items. Thanks for sharing them. I hope you get to see those places even sooner than you dream you can!