skydivingThere is no magic to making a bucket list. It needs to be a fun exercise and designed to be a road map for the special things you would like to do during the rest of your life. If time and money were not an object, what would those special things be?

Think of the opening line from the soap opera Days of Our Lives. “Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.” How much sand is left in your ‘hour glass’? What special/fun things have you left undone?

The quality of our lives should not be measured in the number of breaths we take but instead by the number of events we participate in that takes our breath away.

In today’s sometimes hectic world, we seem to live by ‘to do’ lists. You simply need to change the focus from day-to-day or week to week activities to the important events you would like to accomplish before you pass away. I suggest that you don’t make your bucket list too long, too convoluted, or too impossible to achieve. Let’s start with 10 things you would really like to do in the future.

Best of all creating your bucket list doesn’t cost a thing. Take a few minutes and dream. Your future is yours. Do it now.

To help you get started, here are a few ideas:

Potentially Risky

  • Go skydiving
  • Go bungee jumping
  • Swim with sharks
  • Go hang gliding
  • Run with the bulls in Spain
  • Go into space on the Virgin Galactic
  • Go white water rafting in the Colorado River
  • Take a ride in a hot air balloon
  • Take flying lessons and fly a plane
  • Hang over the edge of the CN Tower in Toronto

Travel

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Visit the Pyramids
  • Walk on the Great Wall in China
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Stand on the equator
  • Take a cruise around the world
  • Drive Route 66 from Chicago to LA
  • Throw a dart into a wall map of the world and go there
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  • Go wine tasting in Napa Valley or Tuscany

Sports/Athletic

  • Visit every baseball park
  • Swim on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Attend the World Cup
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Walk the Appalachian Trail
  • Play golf at Augustine National Golf Club

Self-Actualization

  • Make a bucket list
  • Write a book on a subject you are passionate about
  • Run a half or full marathon
  • Volunteer in a Third World country
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Be in a play
  • Adopt a child
  • Have a job that you are passionate about
  • Start your own company
  • Open a winery
  • Get a bachelors degree
  • Learn to dance
  • Meet the President
  • Reconnect with 10 old friends
  • Get my best friend to make a bucket list