A bucket list is a collection of experiences which a person wishes to have, before they die.
On my bucket list, for example, I have places I wish to visit, things I want to do, experiences I want to have and items which I want to buy.
The activities which you put on your list shouldn’t be normal to you or run-of-the-mill; they should be things that really excite and inspire you. The bucket list should encourage you to up your game to that next level and achieve great things; it quite literally, is the list of your dreams.
One example of a ‘bucket list’ experience, could be to perhaps walk the Great Wall of China.
Now, I already know what you are going to say: “I can’t afford that. I don’t have time for that. Why am I wasting my time even thinking about that?”
It’s all about being aspirational and having something to work towards.
The person you are today, isn’t necessarily going to be the person you are tomorrow. People and situations don’t stand still; they change, and they evolve. Having a bucket list encourages you to start thinking, to start dreaming, to start getting excited…
The sad reality is, a lot of people live their life day to day without even sparing their dreams a second thought. Their greatest achievement is often just getting through the month, making sure that they still have their jobs and have money to cover their bills.
If they’re lucky, they may have a vacation once a year for two weeks. Even then however, they don’t really think about the ‘wow’ of the destination; it’s often more about convenience and finding the best deal.
Now, interestingly, I’m not actually working from my office today…
In fact, I’m on location in one of the places on my own bucket list; I’m currently sitting in the Great House on Richard Branson’s private island of Necker as I write this.
I had no idea that five years ago, when I put Necker Island on my bucket list, I was ever going to get here. Yet, through an interesting turn of events: here I am!
A charity that I support, called B1G1 (http://b1g1.com/businessforgood/), were bringing a team of entrepreneurs onto the island and asked me if I wanted to come along.
Do you think that if I never put Necker on my bucket list, I would have taken that opportunity?
Absolutely not; that’s why creating a bucket list is so important. In fact I have been surprised how many of my bucket list items have actually been ticked off.
So, why not take some time out this week and create your own bucket list?
The activities on the list can be yours alone or ones to be shared; they can be as out-there and fantastical as you desire.
Don’t spend time worrying about ‘how’ you’re going to achieve your list, just allow yourself to dream a little; you never know where it might get you.
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