Remember when you were first asked what you want to be when you grow up? It was easy to imagine being a doctor, a firefighter or astronaut. When you’re little, there are no boundaries, no requirements, no impediments.
As you grow up and your world view changes, you change as well. You start to become aware of all the work you have to do to become who you want.
The first time I created a bucket list was when I was 10 and I had little idea about goal setting. But I knew was that I wanted to be someone. So I sat down and wrote a list with all that I wanted to do before I turn 30.
(it might sound more interesting if the time is recent, like..) Last year, I found that bucket list hidden in a book. To my great surprise, I had checked off most of the items I had dreamed up. It was an incredible feeling to realize I could accomplish what had only seemed like improbable dreams to my younger self.
Writing a bucket list is not just a to-do list for your future self, it’s a guide to remind you of the path and priorities that are important to you. But why not just set goals for yourself? What’s a bucket list actually good for?
ELIMINATE THE MUNDANE
During your adolescence as a student, the world is fresh, and you’re taking it all in. You’re constantly learning new things, researching different topics and discovering the world. You get a taste of everything.
But after you begin your first serious job, something else happens. You begin narrowly focusing on which tasks you have to complete, which projects need to be done, how many deadlines you have, and you forget to really, truly live. We prioritize our jobs because we want to have a successful career. This is not a mistake, but no matter your age, it’s important to live your life the way you imagined it when you were 10.
Even though life gets more complicated and your responsibilities pile up, creating a bucket list reminds you about your passions, hobbies and interests. Beyond the mundane day-to-day, what are you hoping to do while you’re here on earth so that you don’t end up with many regrets. Work to live, don’t live to work. The little joys of life refresh your perspective and you’ll be more productive at work. Way to go, bucket list!
LIFE’S LITTLE, UNEXPECTED TREATS
I know you have plans and things that you want to do in your life. There are tons of articles related to how many places you should visit before you die, movies to see, languages to learn and things to do. You have many options, but, truth is, the ones that matter are the ones you dream about.
I wanted to swim with dolphins because I am fascinated by the way they interact with humans. I had completely forgotten about this dream that was on my childhood bucket list, but while I was recently in Greece, I saw an ad for a cruise which offered the chance to swim with dolphins. I hadn’t planned on going on a cruise, but because this was something I had dreamed out for years, I couldn’t say no. It turned out to be one of the most awesome experiences of my life!
We tend to forget about the small dreams — the teeny-tiny wishes that we’ve had throughout our lives. We store them away in a hidden compartment and we get on with our crazy careers, mostly forgetting about them. A bucket list can help you to keep them in mind. Let’s call it the power of thought or the law of attraction. Writing your dreams on paper constitutes some sort of promise that you’ve made to yourself and it sends out a particular energy to the universe.
A bucket list is not just a wish list or a shopping cart — you don’t have to include only items or experiences that cost money. This list can also help you to stay true to yourself and avoid forgetting the traits which define you as a person. In today’s day and age, it’s easy to become bossy, egocentric, a workaholic or distracted. Remember what you like doing, your friends, your favourite activities, and your curiosity about the world! Write down what you want to do more of, or learn about the world, or go and experience and then make a plan for how you will accomplish that.
Ready to develop a bucket list? Did you know that traveling the world and learning a language are two of the most popular bucket list items? Xploreocan help get you started on turning your bucket list dreams into a reality!