Making a bucket list is a fun exercise because it involves thinking about things that are outside of your day to day life.
It can also be a mood lifter because you will also think about the important things you have already done that might have been on your list when you were younger.
This can give you a sense of accomplishment and pleasure as you revisit those memories.
A reader submitted the idea that a bucket list was originally a "payback" list of things to do to set things right with people before you kick-the-bucket.
I prefer to think of it as a list of life goals, and I think most people think of it this way these days.
Don't you think everyone under age 50 should have a 50th birthday bucket of goals?
After that, it will be a list of accomplishments, and a new bucket /goal list might be in order.
This gives you something positive to focus on instead of thinking negative thoughts on reaching the 50th birthday milestone.
The things you've already done when you reach age 50 or retirement will give you great memories to reflect on and reminisce.
After reviewing that list, you'll have to start a new one.
A few things from my Bucket List
We did this for my 50th birthday, and it was wonderful! We're hoping to do it again for a longer stay. We walked most of the time, or traveled by water taxi on the Seine. We walked through the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, and other unbelievable works by the best-loved artists of the world. Another favorite was the day we walked to the Eiffel Tower and visited museums along the way. When we were there it was October and the weather was perfect for traveling on foot.
I was SCUBA certified in the Florida Keys. My favorite part of that day was when the Moray eel circled my dive buddy's waist just before our certification exam. Just the thing to shake your calm when you need it most!
Deep diving is not necessary if you're in it for the sights because the most beautiful sights are on reefs and walls at 20 to 30 feet of water. I prefer diving at these depths over snorkeling because you can see so much more and move inside the sights instead of looking down at them from above.
When I was in my 20's with more time than money, I learned how to can vegetables from our garden and how to make jellies and jams. I hope to get back to these things very soon.
In my free time I plan to get more exercise and get back in shape, long walks, riding mountain bikes, hiking in the mountains.
Since I already have a full pottery room complete with wheel and kiln, this is probably the direction I'll take :-)
I've always wondered if I would like my hair short. I'll try it and find out!
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