What’s on your bucket list? While this question has been around for quite a few years, it isn’t one that most people think about until they retire. Unfortunately, by that time, they might not have the energy, physical stamina, or financial means to actually complete the list of activities that they compile on their personal bucket lists. This is the primary reason why you should begin your list of ideas well before you retire if possible or at the beginning of your retirement years if not.
If you’ve ever completed a list of New Year’s Eve Resolutions, then you already have the general idea of what the bucket list is all about. The basic premise is to create a list of things you want to do, stuff you want to learn, places you want to see, and people you want to meet before you move on to a more ethereal stage of life (or simply die if you don’t believe in an afterlife of any kind).
It’s best to only include those activities that you actually have a true interest in doing. Time and finances may be limited. If you haven’t yet retired, you might not have the time; and if you have retired, then you may not have the money you need to accomplish a ton of things. No worries, if you finish this first list, you can always make a second bucket list! Just remember to use your time and resources wisely so that you make the most of your bucket list so that you can achieve success with it.
Bucket List: Places You Want to See
Whether you want to travel the entire United States or fly overseas, you are never going to accomplish this goal until you actually put it into motion. Look at your finances and pick a realistic option from your list of desirable locations.
Bucket List: People You Want to Meet
Perhaps you want to meet the president of the United States. Maybe you would like to meet your favorite hockey player. Whoever it is that you want to meet, put this individual on your list and make it happen.
Bucket List: Stuff You Want to Learn
While there is a lot that you can learn about, you might not be interested in everything. Pick a few of your most frequently thought about goals such as learning to bake French food, learning a new language, or learning all about the Civil War in America and put them on your bucket list. You may even want to include earning a bachelor’s degree if you don’t have one yet!
Bucket List: Things You Want to Do
Most people have lots of things that they have thought about doing, but simply haven’t taken the steps to do. These activities typically range from the simplest things like picking up a hobby such as playing Bridge, gardening, or reading to more complicated and dangerous ones like skydiving, water skiing, or scuba diving in the Florida Keys. While some of your ideas may involve the need to take instructional courses, this shouldn’t be too difficult, especially since many of the physical activities that might find their way onto your bucket list will come attached to beginner’s courses or lessons.