What’s On Your Bucket List?

Climb Mt. Everest. Join the Peace Corp. Write a screenplay. Have any of these crossed your mind as something you’d like to do . . . when you have time? NOW is the time to get clear on what you want to see for yourself. You only have one life. Start living it.

I recently read a great book, 168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, and have been on a mission to reframe my use of time ever since. Let’s do a little math. We have 168 hours each week. If you sleep 9 hours per night and work a 50-hour work week, you have a little over 50 hours left of free time. Where is that going? Begin tracking it and you will be enlightened.

Instead of relaxing over late night TV, pick up a book that tells you how to write that screenplay you’ve been pondering for years. Getting clear on our time usage will help with the next, exciting phase of this post . . . creating a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of what you would like to be, see, do in your lifetime. Many of which you may already have completed!

Pour a cup of tea, light a candle, and pull out pen and paper. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself, “What do I want to experience during my time on this earth?” This is a BIG question and one worth giving lots of space. Begin penning your dreams and be sure to include ones you’ve already accomplished. Let this list be a guide for how you choose to spend your 50ish free hours each week.

The above image shows how I’ve incorporated mine into my art journal (future post to come on this fun project) and written them with colorful pens.

Next: a sampling of my bucket list

Here is a sampling of my list in no particular order:

sky dive – done
ride in hot air balloon
hike grand canyon – done
backpack through europe – done
dance in paris – done
pray in india
be a CNN hero
have high tea at the plaza eloise style
be on the today show
see an opera in NY – done
have a tiny cottage in the woods
run a half marathon
surfing lessons in hawaii – done
white water rafting – done
column in popular media
see moulin rouge – done
take golf lessons – done
don a hot pink sari
visit bali
have a rescue pet pig
safari in africa
get a PhD
host a tv show
donate one million dollars to charity
start a foundation – done
be on the cover of a magazine
be featured in a book – done
write a book – done
help end factory farming
write a best-seller
sun in greece – done
eat in italy – done
sleep in a castle – done
have a loving partnership – done
take a sabbatical
gondola ride in venice – done
snowboard in colorado – done
produce a film/documentary
design a clothing line – done
see orangutans + gorillas in their natural habitat
be a full-time philanthropist
play the harmonium
go on a sleigh ride – done
write a memoir

Now that I’ve shared a few dreams, please share a few of yours. What’s on your bucket list? I’d be honored to know.

Related:
The Importance of Defining Goals
Not Enough Time in the Day
15 Inspirational Tips to Help You Dream Big

58 comments

Sarah E.
Sarah E.4 years ago

Do an Ironman
Climb Mt. Everest
Get a PhD & go teach
Use my engineering skills to help those less fortunate (humanitarian engineering? Not sure what it's called)

Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

Thank you! My ideas are all rather hazy - a timely reminder to start focussing on them so I can begin to make them real. I recently bought a book by SARK, called Make Your Creative Dreams REAL: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, Avoiders, and People Who Would Rather Sleep All Day. I think this should help!

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog6 years ago

Well, I have a list but never quite thought of it as a bucket list! My list is too long to share here, but some of the things on it are: owning an orphanage in India, owning a farm for retired animals (e.g. cows rescued from slaughter in dairy farms), and owning a second-hand bookstore with some profit going to charity :D

Michael P.
Past Member 6 years ago

I want a bucket : )

Linn D.
lyne y.6 years ago

I think about my "bucket list" all the time. 1. Be kinder to myself! 2. Publish my novel I'm in the midst of writing. 3. Publish an art book of my landscape and skyscape photography from all the great places where I've resided in the U.S. 4. Publish my collection of poetry. 5. Publish my series of children's books about my first dog. 6. I want to make sure my name and a memory lives on after I go! 7. Visit several countries in South America; maybe make one home! 8. Maybe get a third master's degree either in English-Creative Fiction, Art History or Theology. 9. Leave my noisy condo and move back to a small home in the country with a large fenced yard for my dog to run around in again!

Sheri P.
Sheri P.6 years ago

There are things that I want to do but I've never actually sat down and composed a bucket list per se. Thanks for the inspiration!

autla l.
Terra S.6 years ago

I put this in thought before , thanks for reminding me as I am going through a difficult time with my mother being sick.

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba6 years ago

I have everything on my "bucket list" things to do before I die, so that I have no unfinished business, things I can do hear, which I cannot do in Heaven.

Andrea Dorazio
Andrea Dorazio6 years ago

thanks

Catherine H.
Catherine Hein6 years ago

Thank you for the post i have cerbral pausy and have been thinking of making a bucket list myself for quet while and your post was the most inspiring one i,ve ever read.