How to Make a Bucket List Before You Die

What is a bucket list? A list of things you want to do or experience before you die. Why should you make a bucket list? Because life is short, and you’ll don’t want to be caught by the short and curlies while you still have things left to do!

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page.” – Mark Houlahan.

Whether you have one week or one million days left on this earth, now is your chance to write a new page of your life. Here are a few ways to brainstorm your bucket list. Get wild, get creative, get busy! One of my favorite ideas for making a bucket list is learning how to decorate your coffin.

How to Make a Bucket List

I moved to Kenya, Africa for three years because I wanted to reach the end of my life and know that I lived BIG. I wanted to experience life all its pain and glory. I didn’t realize that was my process of making a bucket list. I hadn’t even heard of a bucket list until a couple of years ago – long after the Bucket List movie came out.

How do you make a bucket list? By looking at different aspects of your life, and tuning in to the things that get your blood burbling.

Art, music, theatre, movies, writing – tap into your creativity. I recently started playing the flute; one of the top things on my bucket list is to join an orchestra (or a community band), rehearse until my tongue bleeds, and play for an audience. I want a solo part, and I want a standing ovation! When you’re making your bucket list, don’t get real. Get unreal!

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Be open to alternatives. If you’ve always wanted to be a published author (like me), but you know it’ll never happen (we have to be realistic even when we’re unreal), brainstorm alternative bucket list ideas. For instance, you could write and publish your own print book or even an e-book. And what about blogging – is that something that would satisfy your desire to write? Read 4 Reasons to Start a Blog Before You Die.

Travel – most people can’t make a bucket list without dreaming about exotic destinations! My husband and I are planning a three week vacation in October. On my travel bucket list are destinations such as India, Russia, Thailand, the Maritimes in Canada, Montreal, and a Balkan cruise. Where have you always wanted to travel? Start planning your trip today.

“Mulligans” – list the activities you want to experience again. Maybe you rode a camel in Egypt when you were 22, and you want to do it again! Some experiences are life-changing, and we feel like we have to go back and do them again. What was the best time(s) of your life? For me, it was living in Africa. I taught school in Kenya for three years, and it was life-changing. If you’re wondering how to make a bucket list, consider the things you know you love to do.

Brainstorm ways to re-create the experience. You may not be able to go back and relive the exact experience you had earlier, but you might be able to do something similar. For instance, maybe the local zoo will allow you to ride a camel. Maybe you can send a beloved family member to Egypt to ride a camel for you, and you can live vicariously.

“It is of value to dream out loud about what you would like to do in the time you have left,” writes David Kuhl in What Dying People Want. “Although this can be a rewarding process, it is usually an emotionally painful process.”

What do you think of these tips on how to make a bucket list – what is on YOUR bucket list?

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