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What is a Bucket List and What are Its Benefits?
What is a bucket list?
A bucket list, most simply put, is a list of things that you wish to do before you die. While there is no clear documentation for the origin of the phrase itself, it is widely accepted that the "bucket list" was in reference to another well-known phrase "to kick the bucket" (meaning to die).
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What are the benefits of a bucket list?
You might think it sounds a little morbid to be contemplating a list of everything that you want to do before you die. But there actually are many benefits to creating such a list.Here are just a few.
Creating a physical wish list helps you to realize what is important to you: We all have lots of dreams and desires, but when you are asked to summarize those dreams and encapsulate them in a written list, it helps you to see what is really important to you. It isn't as easy as you might think, but it will be worth it. There is something very empowering about knowing what you want.
Seeing your wishes or goals on paper makes them feel more real, more attainable:
There is just something about putting your dreams and goals down on paper that makes them seem so much more real. Seeing the items on the list helps you to focus.Your goal doesn't feel so abstract. You can start to develop specific plans of action for achieving the goals on your bucket list. You can come up with a plan of attack and takes steps towards actually accomplishing your goals.
You learn something new about yourself: You might not even realize that you want something until you see the pattern penned by your own hand. For example, when you are staring down at the list and see 10 countries and 20 beaches that you want to visit before you die, you might conclude you should be working in the travel industry.Or you notice that the first 5 items on your list all include your family and things you want to do with them. Perhaps you need to start spending more time with your family? Maybe the items on your list will help you to see that you need to further your education or begin an exercise program. Just take a moment to review your list and maybe you'll learn something about yourself that you never knew before.
You begin to wish for more things than ever before: One idea might give way to another idea and then another. Each item on the list sparking more ideas, more goals, more wishes. You might have "run a 5K marathon" on your list. After you complete that goal, you decide to add "run a marathon" or "participate in a triathlon." The sky is the limit. Or is it? Maybe you will dare to add "travel to the moon" on your list, and now that you know you can accomplish what you set out to do...you just might make it there.
No list is ever complete: Why is this a benefit you might ask? You might be able to cross items off the list, but you continually add new goals. And of course, you aren't allowed to die without completing the list. That means a huge benefit is prolonged longevity! Okay, there is no scientific proof that making a bucket list will help you to live longer....but it definitely can't hurt.
Other types of Bucket Lists
It might be too overwhelming to try to write a list of all the places you want to go, things you want to do, and goals you want to accomplish before you die. With any luck, that could be 50-60 years from now! So instead of the traditional bucket list, people have come up with many alternative lists that might seem a bit more manageable.
Some examples of these alternative lists might include: "Vacations I want to go on with my Family", "Goals I want to accomplish before I turn Fifty", or "Foods I want to eat while I still have my own teeth." The possibilities and versions are endless. And you can have multiple lists that you are maintaining simultaneously. Some people have bucket lists with short-term and long-term goals. Some have private and shared lists.
No matter what type of bucket list you have created please do not forget the Golden Rule of Bucket Lists. YOU MUST WRITE THEM DOWN. Keeping the list in your head just isn't the same.
If you want to share any of your bucket lists, please feel free to leave a comment.
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