Having a bucket list, and making sure I'm ticking things off regularly is how I make the most out of life. It's so easy to let days, weeks and months pass by with nothing remarkable happening. I hate looking back and feeling like I've wasted time, so I make lists, and make the time to organise actually doing the things on it.
If you want to make a bucket list for today's world of restrictions and uncertainty, but aren’t sure what to put on it, here's how to figure out what you’d really like to do.
There are lots of generic ideas that get thrown about a lot. - Christmas in New York, Route 66, scuba diving the great barrier reef....
Without the means to travel and a huge budget, they are unattainable, and so out of reach that you are left feeling hopeless - already defeated, and that you’ll never tick them off.
Swimming with sharks is an amazing wild idea, but what does it really mean to you?
Climbing the mountain and exploring Machu Pichu would of course be fascinating, but is it too far out of reach right now?
If you think carefully about challenges that align with your values, and experiences that could further your development, ticking them off – however small it seems – could be more satisfying than bungee jumping (btw, I’ve done a bungee jump, and it’s fucking horrible.)
The world has changed, and ambitious experiences like this are off the table for now. Instead of putting adventure on the back-burner, what could you do now, closer to home, and with little cost?
Look on atlas obscura in your area. Look at your town from a tourist point of view, maybe there’s interesting archaeology nearby, or a walk you’ve never been on.
Something to help others. Could you volunteer with animals? Or help in a community garden?
Something you wanted to do when you were wee.
Something a bit crazy, that you’re not sure of, stepping out of your comfort zone will expand your horizons.
Learn something new, take a course you’ve always wondered about. Italian cooking, accounting or pottery, someone out there will teach you whatever it is you’re interested in.
Do something at an unusual time. A bbq for breakfast, or a swim at midnight. The most ordinary things can take on a whole new and exciting feel if you change it up a bit.
What’s on your list? I’d love to know!