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Bucket Lists for Teens

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Teens volunteering...maybe this was on their bucket list?
Teens volunteering...maybe this was on their bucket list? | Source

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 road map 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


Take a trip to Paris because I want to see the Eiffel Tower

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

Take my kids to Disneyworld at least once


Learn how to water ski

Learn how to knit to blankets for the homeless, then find a group to donate the blankets to

Take a digital photography class to use when I travel

Publish a book of my travel photographs

Write at least one novel


Get married to a person that makes me so happy I don't want to be without him/her

Have at least two children

Home school my 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 facets of their life. 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.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      awsome teen,

      So glad you liked the article and that it inspired you...and maybe a few of your friends. And thanks for the explanation on your username. When I saw the comment was from someone with that username I was a bit concerned as to what I would find as a comment. I certainly hope you make that bucket list and use it to have an awesome life!

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      Bitemeplease 4 years ago

      I am a teen almost a driver,and karen after reading that above i said to myself "man i so should make one for myself " i always wondered what others would do before they were taken home to their maker...but never have i ever thought of making my own , you surly have inspired me to do so thank you so much for the best idea really!! i love this !!!

      i think every teen should make one and i will defantly pass it on to my classmates and friends to do and share with their friends and people they know too!!thanks again really1!!!


      awsome teen

      p.s. my username was a joke its not true sorry for the confusion i am normally called awsome teen!! thanks.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia


      I think it would be great if teachers somehow incorporated bucket lists into their lesson plans for kids in high school. Imagine what a great impact that could have on kids lives.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Melchi. I hope that some of the youth of today read this and make their bucket lists sooner rather than later. Although I guess any time at all in life is a good time for a bucket list!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia


      You are most welcome. Always glad to help!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Excellent advice and list for teens. I wish I would have had one when I was young. It is always a good thing to put your dreams down on paper and to plan. Thanks for the share.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Great message here Karen and so important for the youth of today. Loved it!

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks for the hub idea Karen!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia


      And the younger you are when you start dreaming BIG, the more dreams you can make actually happen! Thanks for dropping by.

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      DemiT 5 years ago from Greece

      I agree with you Karen, making a bucket list is not just about making the list and look at it, but it is about dreaming (as billybuc said) BIG !! The younger you are, the better! Dreaming, planning, experiencing, having set backs is about living your life to the fullest! Love it :)

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      That's so cool that you do a vision board with your kids. Have you written a hub about it? It sure would make a good subject for one!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Joe. You came to the bucket list party late? I am surprised by that. You are welcome for sharing it.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia


      If that's what you got out of it...great. Sounds good to me! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Never too young or too old for a bucket list. I am happy to say that when I write down a goal or a deram I can usually make it come true in some way or another, even get suprised by how those things happen! My teens and I make a vision board each year.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Karen!

      Buckets are fun and useful at any my first one when I was just a toddler playing in the sand.

      So the concept of bucket lists--setting goals, tweaking them, the "feel-good" moments of achievement, the "okay, back to the drawing board" times of revision--is a terrific one for any age.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful and original presentation with us, Karen!

      One who came late to the bucket list party but who now realizes its awesome value,


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the message behind this, or at least the message I decided upon....start dreaming big when you are young and able to enjoy all the things on the list....plan, alter the plan, but keep dreaming. Great job Karen.