Several years ago, my father watched this film called “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Maybe you’ve seen it. Anyway, right after the movie ended, he calls me and asks me what I want to do with my life. I babbled on for a few minutes about my career path and my dreams for raising a family, and he interrupts me saying “no, no, I mean, what’s on your bucket list?”
I had no idea what he was talking about.
Your Bucket List is loosely defined as the list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket” (or die). It’s an interesting premise… identifying not what your goals are in life, but the things you want to experience or achieve so that you can (ostensibly) die happy.
So, what kinds of things end up on a Bucket List? There’s a website dedicated to it, Bucketlist.org, where you can create an account (logging in through Facebook/Twitter/Google+), keep track of your own list of to-dos, and if you need a little inspiration, search for ideas. While travel and adventure are the most common, so is the desire to learn new things, such as painting, a language or an instrument.
Still, as my father was quick to point out, why not put some whims on the Bucket List? What about riding an elephant or an ostrich, float in the dead sea, ride in a hot air balloon, swim with sharks, having a food fight, jumping into a pool fully clothed or my personal new favorite go grape stomping. How fab is that?
So, how important is it really to have a Bucket List? It’s been on my cultural radar since then, and to be honest, feels a little cliched. Does anyone take it seriously? What if you’re not a list person, how useful is it? Is it just one more thing to measure and track and then show off to our friends as a demonstration of our adventurousness and originality? Do you have a Bucket List? Please discuss in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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