Friday, September 05, 2014

Should I have a bucket list?

I know people do because I hear them say they have checked something off.  Each time I hear someone say that, I wonder if I should make one up.  But I haven’t.

There might be several reasons I do not have a bucket list. 

First, any time I make a list of “Things to Do” and don’t get everything on the list done, I have a feeling of not accomplishing a goal.  Rather than be happy about what I do get done, I am looking to the next item. It is my hope that trips taken or new accomplishments achieved are each treated special, as if it is the best thing I’ve ever done and not be looking to another line item that might be perceived as being even better or more exciting.

Second, I think of bucket lists as big accomplishments.  For instance, go to Europe or hike the Grand Canyon.  (Our friend Lynn, who is our age, just completed the hike—wonder if it was on his bucket list)  If there is anything that would fall into that category it was to go to Alaska.  Of course, we went several years ago.  Rather than cross that off a list, though, I would like to go back.  It seems most any trip we take, we talk about going back.  Even if we don’t make it back to every place we visit, I like the feeling that we might get back.  So, with that attitude, I would never cross anything off the list.

Finally, I haven’t seen the movie that promoted the bucket list idea—I know I would like it—but I think I have the premise of the movie right in that doing all the things on the list are “end of life” accomplishments.  With that in mind, my list would be so long that it wouldn’t be realistic.

Now, having said all these reasons, I am still not sure it isn’t a nice idea.  The thought is appealing.  Right now, though,  I think I’ll look ahead to one goal at a time.


Pablo said...

I have a sort of "anti" bucket list, at least about running. I have told myself I must run at least TWO full marathons (first one is less than a month away). I figure "running a marathon" is on a lot of bucket lists. But for me it's more about being a runner than having a life accomplishment. So I figure I must run at least two of the monsters to show I'm serious about the running part and not just doing it one time to mark it off the list before I go on a safari next or jump out of an airplane.

Linda said...

Pablo--I like your thinking. I appreciate all you've done personally with your running program--truly an inspiration--and I like how you write about it. A blogging niche that you could get paid for writing. Maybe I'm just a little tired of the phrase. Actually, there are so many aspects of it that I like, especially when I read how you've totally changed your life style. You've interpreted my little post well when you said you are doing two marathons and the reason.