The other day I was flipping channels on TV and came across the movie “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. I love that movie. It is a story of two very unlikely individuals that become friends while in the hospital. Obviously there is a bucket list involved, but if you haven’t seen the movie I don’t want to give too much away.
Every time I see that movie, I think “I’m going to make a bucket list.” In the movie they have some pretty extreme items on their list. One of my extreme items is to fly on a private jet.
I believe that having goals to stretch us is a great thing. I have always thought of a bucket list as things that are a stretch, but not necessarily out of reach. For example, one item on my bucket list is to see the Ellen DeGeneres Show live. I spent every day watching that show when I was recovering from my hip surgery four years ago and she kept my spirits up. For me this isn’t unattainable, but it is a stretch.
This weekend while I was thinking of other items for my bucket list, I did what most of us do when we are looking for inspiration, or avoiding the cleaning that needed to be done, I turned to the internet. In my search for bucket list I found Bucketlist.org
The site lets you create your own bucket list. But even more interesting than that, it lets you search what other bucket list items people have created, just in case you need some additional inspiration like I did.
Before I signed in and started to create my virtual bucket list. I scrolled through other bucket list items created by other would be adventurists. To my surprise, I found that what others saw as a bucket list item I could cross off my list, had I even thought to put it on there.
It made me pause and reflect on how blessed I am in my life. As I searched the site for ideas, I found things that I take for granted, but others considered a bucket list item. For example:
Learn to ride a bicycle – check
Go camping – check
Buy my first car (mine was actually a Jeep and I still miss it) – check
Graduate from college – check
Fall in love and get married – check
Those things I take for granted. I don’t even take the time most days to be thankful for all of them. Instead, I might get grouchy if my car doesn’t have gas and I have to stop on my way to the store. Instead of being grateful that I have a car, I have the money for gas to put in the car, and I don’t have to walk to go get groceries. I am blessed.
Make no mistake, I am not saying I did not create a bucket list. But just like every good list maker out there (and you know that you have done this too), I added items to my bucket list that I could check of as already accomplished.
Now I look at my bucket(list) as half full. I’m still looking to find the next adventure, but a list with some items already checked off is a great reminder of how far you have already come. And a great motivator that things that you once thought were out of reach are right there for the taking.
What is on your Bucket List?