Why to Make a Bucket List

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.

Things on My Bucket List

A few things from my Bucket List

  • Vacation in Paris

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.

  • Go to Paris again! It was that good.

Statue and Eiffel Tower
  • Become a certified scuba diver

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.

Diving at Florida Keys
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square for New Year's Eve
  • Take a Cruise to Alaska
  • Drive across the US visiting monuments, parks, and natural wonders along the way
Grand Canyon north side
  • Read every novel that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction Category.
  • See each academy awards best picture
  • Raise 50% of my food for one year, plant a varied garden and can or freeze for a year of food

    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.

  • Become a size 6 again before age 60

    In my free time I plan to get more exercise and get back in shape, long walks, riding mountain bikes, hiking in the mountains.

  • Learn to sail
  • Try a new career and move from IT to become a financial advisor or a potter

    Since I already have a full pottery room complete with wheel and kiln, this is probably the direction I'll take :-)

  • Visit the wonders of the world - how many are there now?
  • Learn about gold or gemstone prospecting and find enough to make a piece of jewelry
  • Learn about geo caching, join a club, and go treasure hunting
  • Get a total makeover

    I've always wondered if I would like my hair short. I'll try it and find out!

Real People Bucket List

Real People - Cat's List and More Bucket /Goal List Ideas

Ideas for Your Bucket List

  • Fly a hot air balloon
  • Live in another country for more than a month
  • Learn to dance a waltz, jitterbug, or square dance
  • Throw a huge rock star party just for fun
  • Sing for an audience
  • Tell your kids a shocking secret from your past
  • Take your mom on a luxury vacation

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