I’ve never seen the movie “The Bucket List” but I do understand the concept. It comes from the term “kicked the bucket.” If for some reason you don’t know, a bucket list is a list of the things we want to do before we die. On some level, a bucket list is a wish list. It’s a list of things we want to experience someday. And as we change as an individual, our bucket list might change as well.
For example: for years, Keith and I wanted to take a repositioning cruise from Alaska through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean. Over the years, we’ve taken shorter cruises to the Caribbean, Panama, and Mexico. Now that we’ve done over half the trip, we’ve decided that if we never go on a repositioning cruise it isn’t a big deal. That doesn’t mean we’ll never take a repositioning cruise, it just means it isn’t on our list.
The reason I’m talking about bucket lists is because, a few weeks ago, I was reading a magazine article and a quote stuck out – “I don’t have a bucket list. If there’s something I want to do, I do it!” And my initial thought was there’s nothing wrong with having a bucket list. We might not be able to drop everything for a bucket list item.
Putting together a bucket list isn’t easy. To me, it’s not a list of “nice to haves” like the latest G.H. Bass & Co Wynn mules in yellow patent leather. That’s just my shoe fetish. A bucket list is a list of experiences that are important to me that I hope to do in my lifetime. The key word being important. And I don’t believe anyone can tell you what to put on your bucket list. Your list is yours and yours alone.
Sometimes we have to save resources to accomplish something. And by resources, I mean both money and time. A bucket list item might include a work sabbatical or maybe it will cost thousands of dollars. There’s nothing wrong with saving to make something on your list happen. That being said, we also might need to be open to opportunities as they present themselves.
We have to think of other people’s bucket lists. Every once in a while, Keith and I talk about our bucket lists. Obviously, they’re not the same. It reminds me that not only do I have my own list, but other people might expect me to participate in theirs. Maybe not for everything, but for some things. IMHO, that’s a tremendous honor and responsibility.
The decision to have (or not have) a bucket list is an individual one. It can be a long list or a short one. There’s nothing wrong with having bucket list, changing it, and sharing it with others. The important thing is to live your life the way you want to.
Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby at the Charlotte Amalie harbor in Saint Thomas, USVI