Here’s Why You Should Create a Bucket List
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln
Are you giving your lifelong passions a chance to unfold? When we hear the words “bucket list”, it can initially conjure up some fears. This to-do list of things to achieve in our lifetimes can serve as a reminder of our own mortality.
But on in the flip side, the realization that our time is limited is actually one of the best gifts we can be given. It can guide us to achieve what’s most important to us before it’s too late. In this article, we’ll explore some big benefits you can gain from your bucket list, and we’ll even offer up some ideas to kick things off.
Life is short, so get started now. Here are five good reasons to begin creating your bucket list today:
1. It gets you excited about the future.
When you’re stuck in the rut of day-to-day life, it can be difficult to feel enthusiastic about the day that lies ahead. A bucket list gives you a reason for efforts you make. For example, that extra hour of work each day may isn’t so bad when you know the additional money will ultimately make your dream vacation a reality. It can create an excitement deep in your soul and ignite a passion that you thought was long gone.
2. It allows you to focus on what you want.
Without clear goals, it’s easy to get distracted and diverted, heading in multiple directions and ultimately never accomplishing anything of importance. But with your bucket list in hand, you can always refer to it to keep yourself motivated and focused on your end game.
3. It makes you more interesting.
Think back to some of the most intriguing people you’ve ever met. Were they talking about the mundane details of their day or were they following their passions, traveling the world and doing extraordinary things? Most likely, they weren’t droning on about their 60 hour work week. A bucket list will give your relatable personal stories to share about the things you’ve accomplished so you can contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
4. It provides a sense of accomplishment.
Achievement creates a feeling of pride, and in turn, builds self-esteem and increases life satisfaction. As you check off your life goals, you’ll enjoy that positive feeling more and more often.
5. It helps you create a lasting legacy.
How would you like to be remembered? What example do you want to set for future generations: one of a life full of passion and meaningful adventures, or one that’s filled with regrets? A bucket list can help you to be a shining example to others. When you’re following your passions and accomplishing your goals, you’ll leave an inspirational legacy of your personal values for future generations. Your loved ones will remember all that’s wonderful about you and may even be compelled to follow in your footsteps.
What should go on your bucket list?
Because it’s so deeply personal and intended to be a compilation of your heart’s greatest passions, everyone’s bucket list will be—and should be—different. If you or a loved one is contemplating creating a bucket list, here are a few ideas you may want to consider:
Get an animal companion.
Caring for a pet can alleviate depression, elevate moods, reduce blood pressure, and boost self-esteem. These beloved animals can also fill the emotional void caused by the absence of loved ones, and caring for pets gives seniors the motivation to take care of themselves. Consider visiting an animal shelter and adopting a mature dog or cat, as they can be easier to manage than younger pets and there are plenty who need a loving home.
Holding on to grudges can be physically and emotionally harmful. Anger releases cortisol, a hormone that raises blood pressure, pulse rate, anxiety, and agitation. You can’t enjoy the present while you’re focused on past offenses. Forgiveness can be liberating. It eases stress, strengthens immunity, increases serenity, and boosts heart health.
Take up a stimulating new activity.
According to a 2017 study by ScienceDaily, learning a new skill boosts cognitive health and wellbeing. Mentally challenging activities can actually strengthen neural connections in the brain. Consider trying your hand at chess, cooking, painting, origami, writing poetry, learning a new language, or playing an instrument.
There are a number of ways you or your loved one can benefit from volunteering. According to the National Institute on Aging, engaging in volunteer work stimulates the mind and helps people of all ages stave off loneliness and depression. Volunteering also provides a sense of purpose and brings the joy that comes from helping others. Activities to consider might include:
- Leading tours as a docent
- Delivering groceries or meals to the elderly
- Assisting at an animal shelter
- Serving at a soup kitchen
- Tutoring a student
It’s time to make a bucket list and fill it with the things that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. It might sound odd, but the goal of your bucket list is not to finish it. Rather, it’s to keep it growing as you do. Keep the never-ending bucket list mentality to live a happy, regret-free life.
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