Each morning that you wake up is a chance to live and learn, so no matter how much time you have on this Earth, make the most of it. Creating a bucket list can be done at any stage, and it can be useful in determining long term goals as well as true passions.
Set aside thirty minutes of your day and really contemplate what you want out of life. Do you want money? Do you want companionship? Then, put that list somewhere and keep it in mind as you go about your day. Let it remind you of what you really desire. In fact, here are four things to mull over as you write it out.
Things to Add to Your Bucket List
Travel the World
Do you have dreams of seeing another country? Do you desire to lounge on a towel soaking up the sun? Sometimes dreams seem impossible. Bills could be mounting; responsibilities could stare you in the face. Don’t let time slip through your fingers. Funding can be found in other places. Look into a viatical settlement. Companies are willing to buy out an insurance policy, thereby providing you cash for immediate or current needs. With this in hand, you could journey to your desired location, making memories with those you love. I’ve shared some great travel tips.
Don’t neglect the little moments that impact others. Do you have children? Take time to play a board game, have a conversation and share a family dinner. Toys disappear, break, and get tossed with the trash. Time, though, is precious and builds self-esteem. Create traditions that can remain with them. Checkers might become a cherished game for years to come. Teach them how to bake your favorite dessert or cook your favorite meal. There are so many easy ways to get more family time.
What have you been scared to do? You don’t want to inflict any physical harm, but face some fears. You might dislike heights or snakes. On your list, write out one or two items that make you shiver. Do you want to sky dive? Have you avoided roller coasters? Did you never learn to ride a bike or skate? Don’t shirk away from these things. Instead, select one and conquer it. You can do it in baby steps or just jump on in.
Be gracious, and do something for someone else. Find a project that needs attention in your community and make your mark. Try to pair it with one of your passions. If you like to be outside, then you might try to tend a garden, work in a park or help with little league. If you prepare helping indoors, you can work with a youth group, read to young children or serve meals at a shelter. Have you been successful in business? Then teach others your tricks of the trade. It can be as simple as making donations to a homeless shelter.
Don’t hide your goals in a drawer. It’s easy to get swept up in the daily grind, paying bills, cleaning house, and taking care of family. Your passions are important too. What would you want people to say about you? Keep that information in mind as you live each day to the fullest.
My friend Corinne has shared lots of great bucket list ideas on her site, too.