Bucket Lists for Teens
You might be wondering why a teen should have a bucket list. Don't they have their whole lives ahead of them? Well, maybe not. And even if they do, a bucket list will serve as a wonderful roadmap to help teens accomplish their dreams.
A bucket list for teens could be their goals actually written down somewhere. I have often heard the first step to accomplishing one's goals is to write them down, and the second one is to look at the list often. This also holds true with bucket lists.
Often teens have the right idea of the perfect career for themselves. But once they talk to other adults including parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and well-meaning friends, they change their minds. Having a bucket list that includes career goals will help teens decide what they really want to do with their lives regarding their careers, travel, marriage, family, hobbies and life experiences.
Here's an example of what a teen's bucket list might look like:
- Go to college to become a teacher
- Work with Vista Volunteers to teach in inner-city areas to see if this is the type of job I want
- Work with Teach for America
- Learn Sign Language
- Learn one other language other than English so I can communicate with more students
- Volunteer with students in a low-income area (This could be in a school setting or a drop in learning program that tutors children after school, etc.)
- Take a trip to Paris because I want to see the Eiffel Tower
- Buy my own first car
- Drive cross country with Emma, Susan, and Katie the summer after high school
- Take at least one cruise
- Backpack across Europe with a group of friends
- Go Disney World at least once
- Go to every Disney Land/ World in the US and outside the US
- Join the Peace Corps
- Learn how to water ski
- Learn how to knit to blankets for the homeless, then find a group to donate the blankets to
- Learn to crochet
- Take a digital photography class to use when I travel
- Publish a book of my travel photographs
- Write a novel Take a painting class Learn how to play the piano
- Get married to a person that makes me so happy I don't want to be without him/her
- Have at least two children
- Homeschool my future children through elementary school
- Run 20 miles per week
- Adopt a dog from a pound or Humane Society
- Read the Bible at least once, cover to cover
- Always be a volunteer whether it be through church or a community non-profit organization
- Include my children in my volunteering experiences whenever possible
Unlike an adult's bucket list, which is usually made after they have reached adulthood and met some of the goals on here (education, marriage, etc.) a teen's bucket list encompasses many goals for different parts of their present and future.
In writing them down, they have a guide map for what they want to accomplish in their lifetime. Although things can always be added, having this guideline from when they were young helps keep clear in their minds and hearts what they have wanted to accomplish from a young age.
If you are a teen who is reading this, I challenge you to start a bucket list of your own. It will give you a direction to shoot for in your life, and it's fun to look at your list and cross off items you have wanted to do and accomplished.
If you are a parent reading this, show this article to your teen, and encourage them to start a bucket list of their own. Better yet, you can each create one, and keep each other updated when you have accomplished things on the list. Creating bucket lists with your teen is a way to share a lifetime of accomplishing goals, and even better if you can accomplish some of them together to strengthen parent/child bonds. This is true no matter how old you are: 16 and 46, or 46 and 76!
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