I’ve always been a little resistant to it – and I’m not totally sure why. I think part of the reason is because I look at most people’s lists and think – well, I just don’t need to do that.
It’s not that it wouldn’t be fun, but checking off that particular box just isn’t necessary for me to consider my life a success.
In fact checking off any box isn’t really necessary for me to consider my life a success.
Sometimes this makes me feel lost; sometimes it makes it hard to know what to do next.
So I thought – what if I think about this differently?
What about a list of things I might want to get involved in? Big things which I haven’t had the opportunity to do yet?
Thinking about the concept of a bucket list in this way made it much easier.
Mostly because I realised I was already carrying around the start of this list (some of which I have already started):
- Have a global impact on world poverty over the next 40 years
- Start (or perhaps lead) a small social enterprise which is looking at tackling poverty
- Have a go at all the standard major jobs in an organisation (marketing, HR, operations etc)
- Figure out why it is that people are still using kerosene for lighting
- Work on a government election campaign
- Spend a week in silence
- Spend a week living in poverty (as best as I can make happen)
- Pick a “best books of the year” list and read every single one
- Become a regular contributor to a prominent online publication
- Learn how to juggle and skateboard. Maybe even at the same time.
So what am I really trying to say here? To both you and me? Something which I’m not sure needs to be said again.
But here goes.
The world is what you choose to make it. You don’t need to make your world the same as anyone else’s.
So go out and get at it already. Whatever it is.
We’re waiting do see what you do.