What Is on Your Bucket List?

By Megan Morrow
Published July 8, 2019

Earlier this year, a 104-year-old woman got arrested – on purpose – as part of her “bucket list.” When interviewed, she noted that she had been a law-abiding citizen her entire life and wanted to know what it felt like to break the law. (The arrest was arranged by Alive Activities, a U.K.-based charity that helped the woman get arrested and charged with being an “upstanding citizen.”)

While handcuffs, a ride in the backseat of a patrol car and sentencing might not be high on your list of hopes and dreams, adding a few exciting items to your bucket list can ensure that you still have some adventures awaiting you around the bend.

What is a bucket list?

Simply put, a bucket list is an itemized list of experiences you want to try, places you want to see, people you want to meet, or achievements you want to accomplish before you die (or “kick the bucket”). The term was popularized by the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, two men who meet in a hospital and set off for a whirlwind adventure.

After you pause to consider your goals and dreams, a bucket list can remind you to live life to the fullest.

How to create a bucket list

You likely will not craft a bucket list in one sitting – you will want to draw from your interests and goals, as well as from things that scare or excite you a little. These five steps can help you get started:

  1. Include short- and long-term items. If everything on your bucket list is major – swimming with the sharks, becoming an extra in a movie, flying to the moon – you might quickly get discouraged. Make sure you have a few things you could do this week or this month, such as learning how to play pickle ball or trying 10 new foods.
  2. Ask yourself the big questions. If you are stumped, a Q&A can help. Ask yourself questions such as: If I had one month to live, what would I most want to do? Where in the world do I still want to travel? What events have I always wanted to attend or skills have I always wanted to learn? What would I most like to do with my best friend? If I won the lottery, what would I do with it? Answers to these questions can help you build your list.
  3. Consider categories. Your bucket list might include sub-categories like food, entertainment, career, friends, travel, volunteerism or hobbies. These categories can help you organize your list and ensure that it is balanced.
  4. Build in accountability. Consider sharing your list with friends and/or family or even posting it somewhere, then check back regularly to ensure that you are moving forward. A bucket list is also a great conversation starter.
  5. Keep going. A bucket list does not need to be a static document. Take inspiration from others’ bucket lists, as well as new experiences and ideas to continue to update your list.

Even if “getting arrested” does not appear on your list, you can still have a lot of fun, challenge yourself and live your wildest dreams after creating your very own bucket list.

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