I was watching an episode of Bones on Hulu the other night. It was about a guy who was dying of cancer and made a bucket list. I began to think that I should do a bucket list. According to Merriam-Webster, the words bucket list originated from the term “kick the bucket” or dying.
Although a list of this type would be created by someone who is diagnosed as terminally ill, why would I wait for bad news to work on a life plan?
If I did make a bucket list, it would read something like this:
1) Career: finish my Accounting degree; pass the CPA exam; obtain an MBA and a PhD before 60. Hey, I have a big bucket!
2) Travel: take a 2 week vacation in Fiji ; purchase a vacation home in Curacao.
3) Community Service: open a Caribbean history museum; start and run a community service talk radio.
4) Personal Enrichment: write an autobiography; catalog all my kids photos/drawings; Play Handel’s Messiah on the piano.
4) Miscellaneous: add more to my list, God willing.
Although the above may be more comprehensive than your typical bucket list, I didn’t see the point of making it simple at this point in my life. If God forbid, I was diagnosed with a terminal illness, I wouldn’t see any reason to discontinue working on my list until the end. Obviously, some things on the list may become more important than others at that point.
Do you have a bucket list? Why not?