The term “bucket list” is thrown around a lot these days. There’s even a movie with that title starring two of the silver screen’s most beloved actors –Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. But what is a bucket list, really? And why are so many people jumping on the bucket list bandwagon? Here are five of the most important reasons you should have a bucket list, too.
1. A Bucket List Gives You Something to Look Forward To
It’s so easy in our adult lives to fall into a rut and feel like we’re just living to work rather than working to live. Taking the time to give serious thought to some of the fun things we want to do in life gives us something to look forward to.
2. A Bucket List Motivates You
Once you’ve put pen to paper and have a bonafide bucket list you now have a direction to work towards. Instead of sleeping in on Saturday morning maybe you will get up early to start working on that tree house you’ve been dreaming of.
3. A Bucket List Keeps You Active
Remember all that energy and enthusiasm we had when we were younger? Unfortunately, that has a way of waning over the years. Having a bucket list reminds us that we still have a lot of fun things left to do in life and gets us up off the couch.
4. A Bucket List Improves Self-Esteem
You know how good it feels when you get a lot accomplished on a weekend? Well, you can multiple that by ten when you finally go on that African safari you’ve dreamed about for years. Accomplishing things on your bucket list makes you more confident and improves your self-worth.
5. A Bucket List Makes You More Interesting
Have you ever been to a party or event where you’ve met a lot of new people? Think back to those you found most interesting. Chances are they were the ones who approached life with gusto. They had done a lot of different things, traveled to a lot of different places and had a lot of unusual experiences. With your own bucket list you can be that person.
But just making a bucket list isn’t enough. In order to reap all these positive benefits you have to actively work your list. I review my list often and even modify it from time to time as my interests change. I have things on my list that can be accomplished in one weekend and others that will take years. Why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose but the doldrums.