What is on your bucket list?

By Darasimi Oshodi

“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross

Do you have a bucket list? Or maybe I should ask, “Have you heard of the term ‘bucket list’?’’ I first came across the term ‘bucket list’ from the 2007 film, The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. If you don’t have an idea of what the term means, below is an example of a bucket list.

  1. Write a book
  2. Take singing lessons
  3. Take my grandmother on a vacation to the destination of her choice
  4. Build or buy a home
  5. Take my children to the White House
  6. Travel around the country
  7. Travel the World.
  8. Fly first class on an international trip.
  9. Write your memoir

10. Publish a book

11. Learn to play a new musical instrument.

12. Learn painting.

13. Learn photography.

14. Learn how to start a business.

15. Start a blog.

16. Public speaking.

17. Own your dream home.

18. Own your dream car.

19. Start a company

20. Donate blood

Does it look like goal setting? For me, it doesn’t necessarily have to be about goals but wishes. A bucket list is list of all the things you desire to experience during your lifetime. Your bucket list contains all the wishes and desires that you have always wanted to fulfill. Having a bucket list reminds you of what’s really important so you can act on them. Your bucket list is your wish list. The reason I said bucket lists don’t have to be about goals is because the activities or experiences listed don’t have to be time-bound.

Your bucket list is just a way of writing down all the memorable and exciting experiences you want for your life. And it serves as constant reminder of all those things you want to do. It is all about fun and excitement and our fulfillment in life should not depend on whether we have checked off the items on our bucket list. I believe a bucket list will help us to quickly make up our mind or give us focus when we are thinking of memorable activities to do.

Some people prefer to call their list life list instead of bucket list because of the negative connotation they feel bucket list has. The phrase ‘bucket list,’ is believed to have derived from “kick the bucket”, which is a euphemism for death. So whether you want to call it bucket list, wish list or life list, what is your list going to look like? You can come up with as many items as you can. Thus, your list can be as long as you want it. So are you ready to write your bucket list now? I can assure you that it’s going to be fun. There is really no harm in trying, you know?

Here is a peep into my bucket list:

  • To attend Joseph Prince’s church – New Creation Church – in Singapore and listen to him preach, and also interact with him.
  • To watch Arsenal play at the Emirates.
  • To visit World Changers Church in Chicago, USA and hear Creflo Dollar preach.
  • To visit Kenneth Copeland’s church in Forth Worth, Texas, USA and hear him preach.
  • To visit Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and hear Joel Osteen preach.

Now that you have taken a peep into my bucket list, I want you to take your pen and book, or your tablet, or create a file on your PC or even create a note on your mobile phone and draw up your bucket list. You may think your bucket list is just a list of mere wishes. But I want you to understand that your bucket can be likened to a summary of your dreams. And whatever your mind can conceive, you are likely to achieve. So don’t be afraid. Dream big. Write your bucket list and expect your wishes to come to pass.