Friday, January 27, 2012

The Bucket List

What if you lived your life as if each day was your last?  How would it be different?  What would be on your bucket list and how would you accomplish your goals?  I recently sat down and compiled my own lengthy “bucket list” and was surprised at just how many things were on it.  Some of it was light hearted fun things that I would love to get a chance to do before I die while other things on the list are a bit more serious.  It gave me some real insight as to what is important in my life at this moment in time. 

The concept of creating a bucket list has been around for ages and continues to challenge us all to push our limits and accomplish our goals.  Even Hollywood has cashed in on the list craze with a movie aptly called “The Bucket List”.   For some people the list is a list of things they would literally like to accomplish in their lifetime while for others it is more of a symbol or fun thing to do and may not matter if it is ever completed.  Sometimes the bucket list gets created after hearing some extremely bad news about our health.  You only have months to live and have to figure out what you want to do.  In my case my bucket list is composed of real literal things I would like to do before I die.   I created my list earlier in life so that maybe it will give me a fair shot at completing some of things on the list.  Life sometimes gets in the way and financial situations sometimes keep us from reaching some of our goals so I wanted to give myself as much time as possible to get some check marks on the ole bucket list.  Some of the things on my bucket list might take years of saving up for.  For example one of the things I have on my list is to go an a African Safari, which will take quite a while to save up for while others can probably be checked off relatively soon.


The how’s and why’s of a bucket list are easy enough to figure out but how does one stay motivated enough to accomplish everything they have written down?  It’s pretty easy to get into the mentality that we have all the time we will ever need to get it all done.  But in truth anyone of us at any second could die.  We are arrogant to think that we have all the time in the world because in truth we don’t know if we have years, months, days, or even seconds left which to me is a very strong motivator to get busy on my goals.  If I live each day as if it might be my last it is an extreme motivator to get out there and make a difference in the world.  The creation of my bucket list is going to be a very useful tool in helping me stay on track and not lose sight of some of my dreams and desires of what I would like my life to look like when I am gone.  I don’t want to look back on my life with a bunch of regrets and “wish I would have done that” moments.  My bucket list sort of holds me accountable for the things I did or didn’t accomplish.  I may never be able to put a check mark next to ever thing I ever wrote down but I am sure going to give it my best.  The very fact that I took the time to write it all down suggests a certain amount of accountability and makes the list less of a dream and more of a goal.  Here are the top 5 things on my bucket list.

  1. Experience true joy and happiness.
This may sound like an easy goal to have but in the life I have had so far true joy and happiness have been extremely lacking.  It is something I need to work on and definitely something I want to experience.

  1. Travel with my family to the Holy Land.
This might take a while to save up for but it is something I really want to see and do before I die. 

  1. Learn a foreign language.

I am actually working on this one right now.  With any luck in a couple of months I will be able to speak Spanish with some confidence. 

  1. Meet the President of The United States.

Ever since I was a kid I have always wanted to meet the President.

  1. Go skydiving.

There is something about the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for no reason other than for enjoyment that intrigues me.  I don’t particularly like heights and have never even been in a plane before but something about skydiving really grabs me.  Not sure why but it makes the top 5.  By the way number 6 is to go on an African Safari.  

My bucket list will grow and evolve as I grow and have new experiences and when the time comes where it is finally time to look back at my life and ask the question of if my life mattered and how I will be remembered I hope I will be remembered fondly and with a sense of accomplishment at having many check marks on my bucket list.        


  1. Hi Jess!
    I just want to say that I think you are, I'm your newest follower...yay :)
    I love this post. Everything on your bucket list is amazing!! I can't wait to hear your story when you get to go to the Holy Land :) Amazing!!
    Which president do you want to meet? The most current one at the time?

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  2. Hi Cami! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I can't wait for the time when I am able to go to the Holy land! It will be incredible! As far as meeting the president, I wish I could sit down with them all but would settle for which ever one is in office at the time. Have a terrific weekend!

  3. Wow! That's a pretty powerful post. I don't have a buclet list myself, but maybe it's something I can add on to my goals for this year.
    I'm Lynn from Scrapity Anne and I've found you through 7 Kids and Counting's blog hop. I've followed you and hope you will do the same!

  4. Your bucket list is inspiring! As one muddling in my middle years, I should probably create one soon!

    Stopping by from Take Over Tuesdays and glad to have found you!


  5. Hi Terri, Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my blog. Bucket Lists can be a lot of fun to make. It really forces you to take a look at your dreams and wish list and try to make them a reality. You should definitely try to make one up and than do a post about it.

  6. Thanks Jessica for reminding me about the cool things that I have already done and some cool thing that remain to be fulfilled.

    I highly recommend visiting Israel and Jerusalem when you get the chance. While I was raised Catholic, I outgrew my religious upbringing. I did visit Jerusalem and I was surprisingly and profoundly changed by the visit. You can see and feel the history that existed for thousands of years. Words cannot do justice to what you will experience.

    Skydiving, I don't know. I'm afraid that I will have a heart attack on the way down. I will start slower with hang-gliding off of soft hills.

    My number six would be LEARN TO FLY A PLANE. I can only image the thrill of flying peacefully through the skies and looking down on our beautiful planet.