Writing Your Own Bucket List
What should I do before I...you know...
We all have things that we want to do before we die. But do you ever think there should be more you want to do? Do you ever wonder what else you might want to do but just haven't thought about it? After seeing a friend of mine go skydiving, I sat down and started thinking about what I wanted to do before I die. (Obviously skydiving is one of them) Then I started thinking, how do you decide what a good bucket list is? What would I really be happy with?
Something Mind-blowingly exciting:
At least 1 thing that would be completely exhilarating, such as skydiving or bungee jumping. Don't live out your life without feeling the rush of something like that. But I believe this one is a tad bit obvious because.
Something that makes you feel accomplished:
Do something that would really make you feel personally accomplished. Climbing an incredibly tall mountain, publishing a book, travel to foreign countries, learn a different language, anything that would make you feel good about yourself. When you're laying in a hospital bed, you can say, 'well I may be here, but not long ago, I was at the top of that mountain, king of the world'
Leave a mark:
Do something good that people will remember, whether it's your family members, a few friends, or strangers. Build homes for impoverished people in a third world country, donate a bunch of money to charity (time is better though!), tutor children in poverty-ridden publish schools, publish a book that inspires change and growth, set up a scholarship. Make a difference in some way, everybody can. When you kick the bucket, it's your actions and your impact on others that live on. Leave favorable memories and a positive impact in the lives of others.
Do something personal:
If you didn't have at least one fun and ridiculous dream as a child, then this is hard because you'll have to re-create a childhood to enjoy and experience as children should. But live out that dream you had! The sillier and more bizarre this is, the better. A pool full of chocolate pudding? Do it! Or anything on a personal level. Childhood dreams are a good one but it could be others. Perhaps something you and your spouse/friend/family member always wanted to do together but just never had the time. Or living out the dream of somebody close that never had the chance to do it. Find a way to create personal satisfaction out of something meaningful to you from the past.
To sum these all up:
- Do something incredibly exciting
- Do something that makes you feel accomplished
- Do something positive that people will remember you by
- Do something important to you on a personal level
Personally not being dead or near death I can't be sure that this would really make me feel as if I have lived a happy life. And perhaps these standards won't apply to you, but I think it's just as important to die being satisfied with my impact on the world and the idea that my personal life was not wasted as it is to have had a great deal of fun along the way.
- Skydiving! (DONE! :) Absolutely amazing and highly recommended)
- Climb a mountain
- Continue learning Chinese
- Implement at least one idea from the video below
- secret ;)