Bucket lists


I’ve always kept a bucket list, but realized I had no idea why it’s even called that. Then someone told me that the term is derived from the English idiom “to kick the bucket”, which means “to die”.  That makes total sense. A bucket list is a list of things one wants to do before one dies.

I’m a big believer in creating and maintaining a bucket list and here’s why:

  • Life is short and one should make the most of it by living it to the fullest.
  • Life starts to take on more meaning when bucket list items are checked off – it engenders hope and a great sense of accomplishment.
  • It’s an opportunity to stop and think of what one wants to achieve in this lifetime.

Here are some of my bucket list items:

  1. Travel to every continent in the world at least once (yes, that includes Antarctica!)
  2. Compose a piano piece and commit it to paper. Perform it for friends and family.
  3. Become fluent in conversational French.
  4. Try fencing.

One of the things I’d like to to with my bucket list is to categorize each item. For example, I’m working on devising a “travel” bucket list, a “career” bucket list, and an “activity” bucket list. Another thing I want to do is to attach a time frame to each item.

For example: I want to travel to every continent in the world at least once before I turn 60.

Do you have a bucket list? If not, it’s time to start one! All you need is 15 minutes (maybe even less) to get a list started. Bucket lists aren’t meant to stay stationary. It’s something that can and should expand with time as you get older, meet new people, and gain new experiences.


Be better,



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