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.