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Did you ever see The Bucket List movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson? If not, it’s one of those movies that’s a little hokey but can be a tear-jerker and has an underlying motivational life-lesson as the theme.
It follows Freeman and Nicholson as they both battle cancer and decide that they need to get out and really experience their lives before they die. They do so by writing out their bucket lists and doing whatever they need to do to cross everything off.
Which brings me to my next question: when is the last time you did something that you really wanted to do? Something that you thought “man, I’ve waited my whole life to do this!”? Something that added value to your life?
We tend to get so wrapped up in our day to day lives and all the tasks we have to do – such as laundry and grocery shopping – that sometimes we forget that we need to just live our lives sometimes and do the things we want to do too. Making a bucket list will get you closer to accomplishing those things that you want to do.
Making a Bucket List
Writing out a list of all the things you want to accomplish before you die sounds a little morbid, I know, but we tend to spend so much time focusing on our daily “to-do” lists that we forget we need to get outside and do some things that scare us!
Get out of your Safety Zone
I think it’s important to take time every day, week, month, etc. to do something that scares us and gets us out of our self-inflicted bubbles of safety. And I don’t mean things that put you in harm’s way, but things that you never thought you’d be able to accomplish, when really you’ve been the only thing holding you back from just getting out there and doing it. If we never make goals, how will we ever push ourselves in life?
Concentrate on Happiness
Actually writing out a list also takes you one step closer to actually doing those things. It doesn’t matter what you add to the list, so long as they’re things that will make you happy. Maybe its wine tasting in Napa Valley or sky-diving or taking an introduction to photography class – anything and everything goes when it comes to writing a bucket list.
Check off what you Accomplish
The great thing about having a bucket list is that it can evolve over time as you cross things off and add things to it. Make sure to go through and regularly update it, adding in new ideas and removing ones that are no longer relevant. The point is to always have something to work towards that will make you happy.
Take an afternoon and watch The Bucket List.
Then take 30 minutes, sit down, and really reflect on what you want to do with your life. Write down in your bucket list anything and everything that comes to mind, no matter how ridiculous it may seem. And then start taking steps in the right direction to accomplish those things. Live a little. After all, you only live once.
This guest article was written by Christine Kane from internet providers. She is a graduate of Communication and Journalism and enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs.