I read this on DM’s blog, Heart to Heart this morning (Sunday, March 21) and got his permission to share it with all of you and to see what opinions you may have on the subject.
Bucket list: Things you’d like to do, see, accomplish, etc before you kick the bucket .
Kick the bucket: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, cash in one’s chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it.
The Spring of 2009 I had the chance to teach, over a 4 week period, my thoughts on writing a personal “bucket list” at our local community college. When the advertisement went out for the class, a local business contacted the school and asked if I could come in and do a 2 hour workshop for their employees. I told them I’d be glad to but needed to condense it down from a 4 week class to a 2 hour session….
I still haven’t made it to that local business, but today my wife and I had the chance to attend the Beyond Rubies Women’s conference and present it in a 1 hour session. The time flew, I wish we would have had another hour.
Here are some of the tips I shared:
1. When attempting to create a personal “bucket list” you do not have to share this list with anyone although you can. A bucket list (or 50 things to do before you die list) is a very personal list and does reveal a lot about you as a person
2. Do NOT think about money when you’re writing ideas down. Money is not the issue-you may never be able to do some of the things on your list and that’s OK. If you always filter your “list” through a grid of “I can’t afford it,” it stifles your creative thinking.
3. You may not be able to always do some of the things on your list exactly the way you want and that’s OK too-but you still might find a way to experience some aspect of your goal (ie. might not be able to get your pilot’s license, but how about a 30 minute ride in a small plane for $30.00)-you get the idea.
4. Don’t wait until you “retire” to do these sort of things-by the time you get that old, you may not be able to do some of these things, plus there is no guarantee you’ll live that long- (re listen to that Nickelback song @ the beginning of this post if you need to).
5. Some great places to get ideas for your list include: The Internet, other people’s lists, just paying attention as you go through your day- look for things that “resonate”
6. As we get older, the items on our list may be less materialistic and action oriented though not necessarily. Don’t ignore relationship goals.
7. Leisure is more than just taking a nap or a 2 week vacation once a year. As Tim Hansel said in his book When I Relax I Feel Guilty, leisure is not idleness. It is a catalyst for new experiences, new ideas, new people and new places.
And finally, here are a few quotes I shared this morning:
“My friend gave me the best advice – He said each day’s a gift and not a given right…”
“Against the grain should be a way of life…”
“Live like you’ll never live it twice.”
“Don’t take the free ride in your own life…”
Nickelback – If today was your last day