The graveyard was completely deserted. I didn’t see a single person. It was very beautiful in autumn colors and the crows that seemed everywhere created a deadly atmosphere.
It made me really sad and I regretted that I came there in the first place. I didn’t know any of the persons who lay there but I was imagining stories of their life and death.
It scared me to see that life is ending and it can do so at any point. There is no security that our loved ones will be around with us. Sooner or later we will all die.
It was definitely thought provoking, but not in a positive way. Of course it provides a contrast to the daily chaos showing that life has an end and some things are just not important. Although it did not make me reflect my priorities. I haven’t asked myself what I want to accomplish before death.
I felt my loved ones very strongly on this graveyard and I feared loosing them to a place in the earth. I do not fear death for myself, but for the ones that make my life worth living.
A bucket list can be many things. It can be a list of activities that you want to try, a list of goals that you want to accomplish, milestones that you want to reach or simply wishes. Ideally you set a deadline for finishing the bucket list.
A bucket list is a fun way to bring more adventure and excitement into your life. It is fun to make the list itself, but it is even more fun to schedule actions to fulfill it.
Of course you will want to tick all the items on your bucket list, but if you are unable to finish it. That is fine, too. Goals and wishes change and maybe you notice after a while that your current bucket list does not server you anymore. In that case you can archive it and make a new list!
Bucket List Types
Life Time Bucket List
This is the original type of bucket list. You create a list of goals that you want to achieve before you die.
30 before 30 / 40 before 40 / etc.
The deadline for this type of bucket list is your next round birthday. If you are under 30 you make a 30 before 30 list, if you are under 40 a 40 before 40 list etc.
21 for 2021
This bucket list is scheduled for one year. At the end of last year many people made a 21 for 2021 list. I suppose it will be 22 for 2022 the next year.
Seasonal bucket lists
There are bucket lists for summer, spring and winter. Not to forget autumn / fall. Every season gives you the great opportunity to set new challenges for yourself.
Travel Bucket Lists
There are two types of travel bucket lists. The first one is related to the life time bucket list where you collect all the places in the world that you want to see in your life.
The second travel bucket list type is a list of places and activities in a certain area, e. g. Things to do in Berlin, Places to visit in Europe, etc.
Couple or Family Bucket Lists
Tackeling your goals is fun, but doing it with your loved ones can be even more exciting. So why not make a list with couple or family goals & activies?
Frequently Asked Questions
As you can see there are many types of bucket lists. But maybe you are not sure whether a bucket list is the right thing for you? It encourages you to think creatively and come up with an exciting perspective of the future. To remove your last doubts I will answer some questions about bucket lists that you might have.
Why should I make a bucket list?
A bucket list is a great way to make your life more creative, exciting and fun. It might lead you out of your comfort zone and make you grow as a person.
If you choose to make a bucket list together with another person this might strengthen your relationship and give you lots of stories to share with others.
Ticking something of your list gives you a strange feeling of satisfaction and will make you proud about yourself.
How do I make a bucket list?
Schedule some time to brainstorm and think about the type of bucket list you want to create. If you need some short time fun in your life then a seasonal or yearly bucket list may be right. If you feel like you want to change your entire life try the lifetime bucket list.
Think of the time span that you have chosen for your bucket list and ask yourself some questions:
What do you want to see, try and experience in the future?
What is something that you always wanted to do?
How can you challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone?
What sounds silly but would be actually so much fun?
What did you like doing when you were a child?
Write down everything that comes to your mind. This first stage is just about collecting all ideas and not missing one. I suggest that you take a break after and let the ideas sink in.
In the next stage you will organise your ideas. You might not want to use all of them for this bucket list. Or maybe you came up with some things that are impossible or not in the right format, so that you have to amend them.
When choosing items for your bucket list you should have them in a form where you can easily see once it is done. For example becoming rich is not a good bucket list item whereas having one million euro on my bank account is.
Where can I find ideas for my bucket list?
The internet is full of bucket lists and you can easily find many ideas that you can use for your own list. Of course I suggest that you brainstorm for yourself as well, but it is always helpful and entertaining to see what other people put on their lists.
The best places to find bucket list ideas online are Google and Pinterest. Once you have decided what type of list you want to create you will find many ideas that you can steal.
Can I change my bucket list?
Your bucket list is yours and you can do with it whatever you want.
Generally I wouldn’t recommend to change your bucket list all the time, but if you have a list with life time goals, it might be a good idea to check it once a year to see whether you can still identify with these goals.
But if it is just a short time bucket list it is not worth the effort. Just leave some things unsolved and enjoy the other activities.
Nobody is going to punish you if you are not able to fulfill all tasks.