Streamlining That Bucket List

Bucket Lists are great, but they can also be a bit overwhelming.  It takes a great deal of planning, not to mention a mountain of cash, to go skydiving, take scuba diving lessons, climb the Eiffel Tower, and run with the bulls in Spain.

These are not the things on my Bucket List, by the way. I have absolutely no intention of ever running toward, away from, or alongside any bulls!

My point is that most people’s Bucket Lists do contain a variety of things that, in reality,  are extremely difficult to afford and/or achieve during a lifetime.  It seems to me that we are sort of setting ourselves up for failure.  It’s no fun having a Bucket List if you are seldom, if ever, able to officially mark many of the items off of the list before “kicking the bucket.”

Every time I look at my Bucket List and realize that I still haven’t traveled to Israel, that I still haven’t published a book, and that I still haven’t learned to play the piano, I get a bit discouraged. I can’t see any of these things happening on the near horizon, and I must come to terms with the fact that they may never occur in my lifetime. It doesn’t mean I’m going to scratch them off my list, but I have decided it would be a good idea to add some things that are more within reach, realistically speaking.

The result is my Bucket List of things I wish to achieve during this year:

  1. Go to the beach with my daughter.
  2. Travel with my husband on some of his business trips.
  3. Take my grandchildren to Disney on Ice.
  4. Have a “girls only” day with the females in my family.
  5. Take more walks alongside rambling creeks.
  6. Meet my son for lunch more often.
  7. Visit an old friend whom I haven’t seen in years.
  8. Improve my photography skills.
  9. Visit as many art fairs as possible.
  10. Take my husband on his first zip-line adventure.
  11. Travel to a state I’ve yet to visit.
  12. Do some writing.
  13. Read more books.
  14. Go on a solo adventure (where I can do more writing and read more books.)
  15. Spend more one-on-one time with each of my grandchildren.
  16. Sell my home and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home.
  17. Take a pottery class.
  18. Lead a new Bible study class.
  19. Visit some relatives.
  20. Convert all of my old home videos so that we can enjoy watching our children grow up again.
  21. Plan a couple of small surprises for some family members. (I’m already working on one for my daughter-in-law!)

I’m not giving up on my dream of traveling to Israel, and I’m still working on that book! In the meantime, however, I have a wonderful, new, streamlined Bucket List to concentrate on, as well. If I stay focused, I will be able to check most, or all, of them off the list by year’s end.  And that will be cause for celebration!

What are some things you might add to your Bucket List that can be accomplished in the near future? Share with me in the comments section, and we can compare notes at the end of the year, to see how we did!

3 thoughts on “Streamlining That Bucket List

  1. Love this thought Shirley! a Bucket list with big and small things to be hopefully accomplished. And I would like to steal just about every item on your list– reading, art and family are things I love too. Fun post! thanks.


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