Elijah de Jesus
What do you want to do before you die? Travel the world? Climb Mount Everest? Or maybe something as equally adrenaline-pumping as telling the person you secretly love about your feelings?
Bucket lists are inspiring and motivational. They represent our goals and desires that we hope to accomplish in this life before the grim reaper eventually comes knocking on our doors. Often, young adults establish their bucket lists in hopes of living a fulfilling and adventurous life. But for those who are closer to their limited time, they use their bucket lists as a chance to leave this world with one last, “Hurrah!”
Some people figure out early on that they don’t want an ordinary life with a usual routine filled with everyday experiences. No way. They want excitement. They want different and fun. But more importantly, they want to achieve those goals and challenges they set their hearts on so they can tell everyone that, “Yeah, I’ve done that.” Or, “Yup. I’ve been there.”
How great of a feeling is that? To know that you had the fortunate opportunity to see or do things that only a handful of other human beings in the world have. There’s a sense of pride in accomplishing those goals and knowing that you can consider yourself special. And who doesn’t like to be special?
According to a study posted on GalleryCreativeGroup.com, these are some of the most common bucket items that appear on bucket lists for girls and guys:
Travel more (Girls 86%, Guys 89%)
Ask for a raise (Girls 75%, Guys 72%)
Learn an instrument (Girls 45%, Guys 55%)
Climb a mountain (Girls 37%, Guys 46%)
Go skydiving (Girls 21%, Guys 41%)
But bucket lists aren’t just for the young and ambitious; they also serve a meaningful purpose to those who may be reaching the finish line of life a little sooner. Sometimes people don’t know what they want out of life at a young age or sometimes they don’t get to have the opportunities to reach the dreams that they long for. Either way, for some, as they watch their precious time gradually come to an inevitable end, they decide that they will try their absolute best to achieve the desires that have stuck with them throughout their entire life.
No one wants to leave this Earth forgotten. As human beings we always want to be remembered and we want to feel like our lives meant something while we were here. A bucket list, no matter at what age, drives us to test our limits and push ourselves to achieve those significant goals that we may have doubted we could ever reach in the first place.
Make a bucket list. Write down your dreams.
And no matter how long it takes, always continue to pursue them. You never know what you’ll accomplish.