I was recently discussing travel with a somewhat “younger” friend of mine and when I said that I was going to put Paris on my bucket list, she scoffed, “you’re too young to have a bucket list.” Really!? I thought. The truth is that I really don’t have a “written” bucket list, but I do have ideas about places I want to see, and things I want to do. However her comment made me think, how old do you have to be to write a bucket list? And, if I wait until I’m old to write my bucket list, will I be too old to get to most of it? Will it be limited to only things old people can do?
Then, I was on the reader and happened upon HELENEMILIEK’s blog and in her menu bar she had a link for BUCKET LIST! Well, according to her pictures, she’s still, pretty much, at the beginning of her 20s. Intrigued, I clicked on the tab to spy on her future. Going over her list, “be part of a flashmob, visit a volcano, wear a snake around my neck,” I realized that a bucket list isn’t really about what someone wants to do before they die; it’s about how they want to experience life in the now. I think, making a list, at whatever age, shapes the content of our lives.
If I were to make a list and cross off events one-by-one, it would, in the very least, make me conscious of the wonderful experiences that make up my everyday life. Documenting what you hope to accomplish, explore or experience, brings your heart and mind closer to the reality of each opportunity. I’ve heard that the clearer you are about “what” you want in life, the easier it is for the Universe to bring the right circumstances into your life to create that. I think writing down the specifics now will prevent me from putting off on the future what I want my life to be like today. Anyone got a pen?
Do you have a bucket list? What’s in it?