Why Everyone Should Have a Bucket List and Ideas for Yours

For a long time, I thought having a ‘bucket list’ was a bit morbid. There was no way I wanted to feel pressured to complete an arbitrary checklist before kicking the bucket. [Also, the film The Bucket List had me in absolute FLOODS of tears]
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How it started…

So, it wasn’t supposed to be a bucket list, but that’s what it became. A friend of a friend (you know, one of those really cool people you follow on Twitter or IG and only really know them by association) unintentionally inspired me. She asked Twitter to suggest 100 random things and she would do them – to make her business trip in a foreign country more exciting. In came the suggestions followed by the photographs of her completing tasks like being blonde for a day or riding a motorbike.

What a great idea! We always talk about places we want to go and things we want to do… but how many do we actually do? Instead of just talking about all those fun or wild things I want to do “one day”, I decided to write them down and check them off. Having a list written down in front of you; something tangible reminding you of all those goals really helps. Simply committing ideas to paper (or Notes on your phone) really spurs you on to start crossing them off and living life to the full!

Need some inspiration?…

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Up for a physical challenge?

Tough Mudder, Commando, Spartan, Marathons… there are so many obstacle courses and events out there – take your pick. And know that it doesn’t have to be ‘run a marathon’ just because someone else thinks that’s impressive. Bucket lists don’t have to be extreme. If running a 5k would be a massive deal to YOU, then that’s what you do. If you just want to be able to go for a ten minute jog without fainting – that’s your goal. Impress yourself; not others.

Something holding you back?

Fear of injections? Become a blood donor. Too nervous to fly? Book that trip. Fears are a silly thing to hold onto for your entire life. Whatever your fear, find a way to tackle it head on and live a life free from phobias.
Did you always mean to ‘find time’ to learn Mandarin or get good at the piano? MAKE TIME. If you really want to do something, you can always find the time. There is always an excuse or reason not to do something but once it’s on your list make sure you commit to actually doing it! Stop with the excuses and procrastinating and seize the day!
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Adrenaline Junkie?

Ride that motorbike, take the leap and do that bungee jump… you got this!

Maybe you don’t ever make time for yourself?

Perhaps you’re always putting others first? Put a pampering spa day or a solo weekend break on your list. Take yourself out for a nice meal or have a digital detox weekend focusing on you and your own self-care.

Do you want to give back?

Volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate clothes, find a lonely person and become their mate. You don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to help other people! Giving your time is a lovely thing to do, and something we should all try to include in our schedules.

Other popular entries for your bucket list…

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Fly First Class. Ride in a hot air balloon. Write a book. Make a wish in the Trevvi Fountain. Climb a mountain. Go whale watching. See the Northern Lights. Swim with dolphins. Visit the Statue of Liberty.
(Some of these are definitely taken from my own list.)
Don’t feel like they all need to be adrenaline-fuelled stunts or round-the-world trips. Add some ordinary things that you’d find fun or would bring you happiness – no matter how small or trivial they may seem. Pull a pint. Make a piece of clothing from scratch. Bake someone a birthday cake. Stay in a fancy hotel. Tell someone you love them. Your list doesn’t have to cost a fortune to complete – it’s more about accomplishing your goals and living life than having to become an overnight millionaire.
Get writing and doing all of those things you’ve dreamed about. Fill your life with joy and amazing memories!
What’s on your bucket list?
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  1. September 17, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    Wow, I absolutely love the stuff that you’ve crossed off your bucket list!
    And I’m also living in TX currently πŸ™‚

    I thought Bucket Lists were too morbid too. But now after reading your post, I want to rename it “The Wild List” πŸ˜€
    So I can remember about it being able to live your life to the fullest! Thanks for writing this post πŸ™‚

    Favorite bit from your post: “Impress yourself; not others.”
    And this one too: ” find a lonely person and become their mate.”

    Mari xx | http://www.dazedmari.com

    • Carrie
      September 18, 2020 / 1:20 pm

      Yes – The Wild List! I love it. I named mine my ‘To Do List’ because I know I’m going to do all of the things on there.
      I’m new in TX but liking it so far.
      Carrie xx

  2. September 20, 2020 / 2:43 am

    I think the name bucket list is a bit morbid too, but I like making a to do list before my birthday. I made one for my 25th birthday & as you saw, I also made one for my 30th birthday. I think it’s great having a list of goals you want to accomplish!

    • Carrie
      September 20, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Yes I totally agree. I loved your list – I want to make a smaller version of my to do list/bucket list, for my next birthday. So good to actually do stuff instead of wishing you could do things one day.

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