‘And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years’ – Abraham Lincoln
As we come towards the end of 2020, many of us will take stock and reflect on our lives. We make new year resolutions in order to improve the quality of our lives and give us hope and structure for the upcoming year. Writing a Bucket List is another way to prepare, not only the upcoming year, but the years ahead.
The Original Bucket List
A Bucket List’ is a written intention of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. The concept captured attention when the 2007 movie ‘The Bucket List’ was released. It has to be said that the phrase has become something of a cliché. However, we believe that making such a list is a valid way of putting one’s life into perspective. We first came across the idea back in the nineties. We discovered an article about the subject in Outside, an American travel/adventure magazine.
The original Bucket List creator was John Goddard. In 1940, at the age of fifteen, he made a list of 127 goals. On reading about him, we were immediately inspired to make our own lists. Naturally, most of them were travel-related. We did, however, include such goals as learning Spanish, mastering meditation, reading certain classic novels and other personal aspirations.
Putting Things into Perspective
Writing such a list clarifies what is important in life. We become so caught up on the treadmill of everyday living that we often lose sight of the bigger picture. Keeping a list is the ideal way to re-energise every now and again and get back in touch with what we really want from life. Additionally, that rewarding moment when you are able to cross something off allows you to celebrate your achievement.
Keep it Flexible
The idea of the Bucket List does have its detractors. Some believe that it generates tunnel vision and stunts spontaneity. Flexibility is important because as we journey through life, we change. We have never been afraid to add or remove an item on the list. Keeping an open mind is important. Just because we travel with a list doesn’t mean that we only want to do what is on it! Keeping a list can be a helpful too towards attaining your life’s goals, travel or otherwise. All you need is a pen, a notebook and a headful of dreams!