Starting a ‘bucket list’ (a list of things you’d like to do before you die) sounds a bit morbid. Modern society has a tendency to shy away from death, which doesn’t make for a whole lot of positivity about bucket lists. However, making a bucket list isn’t really about dying. It’s about living your life in the best way you possibly can.
Not convinced? Here are our top six reasons to draw up your perfect bucket list today.
It will give you a renewed sense of purpose
Ever felt like you’re drifting aimlessly from payday to payday? Every struggled with motivation? A bucket list will give you a renewed sense of purpose, and motivate you to work towards your bucket goals.
It will help you to understand what’s important
The best bucket lists don’t go on for pages and pages. They are relatively short but carefully honed lists of the things their makers really, truly want to experience within their lifetimes. Sitting down to write these lists (and to then whittle them back to their most important aspects) will help you to understand the things, people, and values which are truly important to you.
It will enable you to move towards a positive future
We’ve mentioned that a bucket list will give you a renewed sense of purpose. That sense of purpose will give you the energy and motivation to hoist yourself out of a rut and start taking positive steps towards the lifestyle you want. If you’re struggling to move on from an old job, an old relationship, or even an old mindset, laying out your future goals will give you the boost you need.
It will make every moment count
If you’re struggling to keep your head in the game and to make every moment count, a bucket list is a brilliant way to hone your focus on making the most of the time you have.
You’ll learn new things
OK, so this one is pretty dependent on the stuff you put in your bucket list – but it’s still a fair bet that plenty of your goals will have a learning element to them. Whether it’s learning a new language or learning how to parent, learning something new broadens your horizons and can bring a host of unexpected new opportunities with it!
You’ll feel more fulfilled
That nagging, miserable feeling of being unfulfilled isn’t pleasant. Making a bucket list and working positively towards the goals you’ve set for yourself is a quick and easy way to rid yourself of this kind of ennui. There is nothing more fulfilling than taking steps to transform your life on your own terms.
Don’t feel like your bucket goals have to be big and impressive. Not everyone desperately desires to travel the world in their own private jet (although, if that is your goal, we wish you luck!) Something as simple as having the confidence to wear a certain outfit or rebuilding a fractured friendship can be just as affirming and empowering as dancing with the stars in Beverly Hills. You do you! Now, get listing!