Top 5 Elements Of A Good Bucket List
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Top 5 Elements Of A Good Bucket List

A bucket list is a good idea so much so that most of us, no matter our age were asked to put one together when we were in grade school. You know when the teacher asked you what you hoped to accomplish before you leave this world. Most of us probably put things like become a world-class athlete of some sort, win some honor or award for endeavors befitting the best of the best or it may be something fantastical like the leader of the galaxy or universe. We also probably put in some pretty mundane items in our list such as get married, have X number of kids, buy a house, grow a garden, etc., etc. However, a truly useful bucket list is one that deserves a review later in life and should have the following 5 elements.

1. It should be beyond our perception of reality at the moment. Becoming the Leader of the Universe sounds great but there is no means to achieve this arbitrary title, yet. However, becoming the President of the United States is at least plausible. Another favorite I have heard and was probably on my own personal list is to become an astronaut. Actually I believe becoming President of the United States might be more realistic in this case. Finding your way around the process to achieve your goal can be more fun than the goal itself. Trying to become an astronaut could lead to a career in Astronomy or as a rocket scientist. Not too shabby.

Some goals have become a reality when it wasn’t something available at the time. For instance, who knew the world wide web would exist in the 1970’s? I certainly didn’t. When Apple came out with the Macintosh in 1984, no one had ever seen anything like it. Inventions are like that. Thomas Edison saw that an incandescent light bulb could revolutionize the world and he was right. He failed hundreds of times but finally did get it right. Leonardo da Vinci imagined great and wonderful things like a helicopter. He didn’t invent it but he did put down on paper how one might build such a contraption.

2. It should be something truly monumental. In other words it can’t be something your probably going to do anyway like get married (whether you want to or not), have children (whether you want to or not) or have a job (at one time or another we all have a job of some sort). This item must be something that not everyone achieves such as climbing Mount Everest (if everyone did this one that had it on their list, they would probably have a paved highway to the top of Mount Everest by now!). Also, if your aspiration is to be rich and retired by 35 then that is great but if you are already rich and have a trust fund that kicks in at 35 then this won’t have the same significance.

The list should really be at first glance unachievable. The idea is to shoot for the moon and see how close you get. Set your goals beyond what you can really see yourself doing and work to achieve it. At worst, you won’t achieve your goal but will have done things that you would have never attempted. The only way to fail is to not try at all.

3. It should not be destructive or negative. The goals should somehow enhance ones life. Setting goals that cause pain for yourself or others is not worthy and could result in a very negative result. Now having a goal that involves some risk is understandable such as sky diving, bungee jumping or becoming a demolitions expert. However, goals that would most certainly end tragically should be avoided. When reviewing your bucket list, remove anything that would harm or cause pain for anyone else be they plant, animal or mineral.

4. It should be unique. One persons list should not be a copy of someone else's. The list is meant to epitomize the accomplishments of a lifetime. We all have different interests and the list should reflect those interests. If you are an introvert and pathologically shy then performing at Madison Square Garden in front of a packed house might not be the best choice for your bucket list. However, you could aspire to being the agent for the one who is performing could be very doable.

5. It should have true significance. A passion or a very serious hobby works best because some items on your list should take time and effort to do or it won’t have value once accomplished. What are you passionate about? Music? Art? Finance? Floral gardening? If you are passionate about something you will work harder at it than if it was something you weren’t really interested in. For instance, if you are passionate about music your goal may be to play piano well enough to join a band and then you might also add that you want to write a number one hit or to perform at Carnegie Hall. It really isn’t a matter of seeing how you can accomplish the goal just to set one and pursue it.

You may be an artist and want to someday have a gallery exhibit. Why not shoot for having a gallery exhibit at the Guggenheim in New York City? Achievable? Yes, but anything short of that goal will still give you the satisfaction of knowing you tried and maybe you just get a gallery exhibit in Greenwich Village. The point is you tried and did make a certain level of success.

So, what is on your bucket list? I encourage you, no matter your age or circumstances, to create a bucket list now. Give it some serious thought and let us know in the comments so we can urge you to achieve or at least attempt your goals. Remember, shoot for the moon and see just how close you can get.


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Ivy Glenn  

Well Done. I guess I never thought of putting together a bucket list when I was young.

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  about 5 years ago
Kymee  

Hmmm I think that reading all the travel blogs that I do makes me edit mine daily, or it just gets longer. I am very fortunate though I have been able to check some off, I still have more time here I think so I will keep checking and adding. ;O)

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  about 5 years ago
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