I recently undertook a mini bucket list project and have only shared the nature of the bucket list with those who are very close to me as it’s very personal. However, I decided that I wanted to share a very small glimpse of it along with lessons learned from the experience.
Think Small –> Big
A lot of people make these super bucket lists of traveling all over the world to exotic countries. If I didn’t tell you where this photo of myself with the elephant was taken you might assume it was on such a trip. It’s actually at a local B&B only a little over an hour drive away from home. Over the recent years, I’ve come to appreciate exploring local gems just as much as far away places, if not more.
It’s not that you shouldn’t have big plans but if your priority is to cross these items off in the near future, try to make it easier to start with. The easier it is, the sooner you’ll be able to do them.
If it’s on your personal bucket list, then make sure you do it the way you want to do it. But if you would like to share the experience with someone else do it with someone you truly want to share the experience with (and vise versa). If the other person truly cares about you, they will honor you by being a willing participator.
I took on a two week bucket list project where I did various things with someone who is very dear to me. Scheduling is particularly important if it involves more than just yourself. Regardless, you need to schedule it out and at least put it on the calendar so that you have a plan. I recently came across a saying “Plans are nothing but planning is everything.” That also means you should be ready for Plan B or being flexible in changing plans as necessary. This is especially true with weather conditions that you can’t control.
Quality vs Quantity
I think for a lot of people the natural inclination is to want to spend as much time as possible with someone, especially if you know that you don’t have as much time left with them. But there is a reason why it is referred to as spending “quality” time with those you love.
Or if you had this big plan do go all over Europe but only can afford time/or money to do a certain amount, you might as well as spend one week in one country or even a city worth exploring rather than doing one or two days here and hopping around all over the place to the point of exhaustion. Again, think small but make it count big time.
Combining List Items
Instead of thinking of each item on your bucket list as separate events, you can often combine multiple list items into one event. This is especially true when it is an activity combined with a place that you would like to go visit. For an example, if zip-lining is on the list and you also want want to go to Hawaii, you can look into zip-lining in Hawaii!
Writing a book like Eat, Pray Love is entirely up to you but know that you’re not obligated to share everything on your bucket list with the world (as I have chosen not to do). So it doesn’t even have to sound or look cool. The person I undertook my two week bucket list project with – we each wrote a list of our own and complied it into one list that we decided would take two weeks to complete. Don’t let fear hold you back from being honest about what you want to do because you don’t want to regret it later.
Personally, I really enjoyed writing out a list and reading another person’s list as it was revealing of things about the writers and I also think that this was a much more fun take than making a dreadful list of New Year’s resolutions that people tend to make and try to execute this time of the year.
Many talk about living life to the fullest but there are only a handful of people out there who actually live it. No matter how simple or small, if you can take time to appreciate beautiful things in life or enjoy creating them you will live a beautiful life.