Have you, or have you ever considered, making a bucket list? You know, a list of things that you just “need” to, or, at least, want to do, before you, what the English euphemistically refer to, as “kick the bucket”.
The whole idea of bucket lists became popular after the 2007 release of the movie of the same name. It seemed everyone was, not only writing down but actually following through with their notions of what they simply had to do, to make their lives fulfilling and complete.
Swiss Alps ~ Photo credit: Aldimedia via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND
I’m sure some of the lists were reasonable and sane, but many were excessive and wildly impractical. Suddenly, it wasn’t enough to visit Switzerland, no, you had to climb the Alps while you were there.
Well, that’s fine if you are an Olympic athlete, but not so fine if you’re a middle-aged grandmother from Kalamazoo. Of course, these are the stories celebrated in the press to make the rest of us mere mortals feel unadventurous and generally, no, totally inadequate.
Like many things in popular culture, the “bucket list” craze has mercifully disappeared from our daily lives.
I recently wrote about New Year’s resolutions and how they are a time-tested and, for the most part, harmless annual exercise with a degree of frivolity built-in.
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I’m not sure that bucket lists fall into that same category. Lists seem more permanent and serious, but listen, we all have dreams. What I mean is maybe we shouldn’t be so specific with those dreams.
Instead of saying I want to visit Tuscany perhaps our goal should be simply to travel more. You never know what you might miss out on because you were too rigid in your planning.
It’s the surprising and spontaneous occurrences in life that very often provide the greatest pleasure.
Sometimes, when standing at that fork in the road, you have to follow your heart and go left, even though your head is saying that going right is the practical thing to do.
Tuscany ~ Photo via Visualhunt
Okay, okay, I do admit, a trip to Europe would most definitely be on my bucket list, if indeed I had a bucket list! And…if I happened to take the fork in the road that led to Tuscany, all the better! Either way, though, it would be an amazing trip!
What about you, do you have a bucket list…actual or otherwise?
What’s on your bucket list?