Bucket Lists: Here's How They Change Your Life

The term "the bucket list" affects people in different ways. Some people feel fear when they hear the term where others feel excitement and anticipation. It's always been known as the list of things that you plan to do before you die, and death frightens a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds. We may not want to think about the inevitability of death, but the idea of the bucket list is so that we can tick off a list of accomplishments before the bell tolls!

The reminder that we aren't immortal can be scary, but it can also give us the kick we need to get things planned for our lives. Travel is one of the many things that life has ahead for you if you want it to, and whatever your dreams are, you can turn them into the bucket list you always wanted.

So, we've established a bucket list can change your life. But have you ever thought about how? Whether your bucket list is made of holiday destinations or life goals you want to tick, you need to make it a list that matters to you. Let's look at some of the ways a bucket list will change your future.


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What Do You Want?

A bucket list can help you to decide on what you want from your life finally. You can then work toward those goals with the only accomplishment in mind. When you're imagining lounging on a beach in Bali, or walking the hills in Surabaya, do you imagine renting that dream apartemen Surabaya or do you think about never booking the ticket? You think about the apartment, of course. A bucket list is going to give you the push you need to decide where you want to visit and what you want from those trips, giving you the self-knowledge you need to propel you forward.

Do You Want Excitement?

Skydiving. Parachuting. Sitting in business class - just once. All of these things are entirely bucket list worthy. If you want some excitement in your life, then you need to consider what will get you feeling that pinch of adrenaline. If you imagine how you would feel soaking up the sunshine in Australia, and that makes you feel excited, you should put it on the list. If you think that you need to go back to school and learn something new, then you need to add it to your bucket list. If it creates a feeling of excitement, bucket list!

Do You Want Goals?

Sometimes, a goal can be as simple as setting the alarm in the morning and aiming to get up in the morning on time. For a bucket list, the goal is a little bigger than that. You need to think about being a little impulsive and booking that flight while you have the nerve to go for it. There isn't a reason you shouldn't be lounging on that beach and enjoying the sound of the waves from another corner of the world. Your bucket list goals give you a focus, from saving the cash to booking the ticket - with business class seats.

Can You Feel Motivated?

Your bucket list items should only ever make you feel motivated and excited. You should never feel like you haven't got a dream and a bucket list goal is a dream made into a plan. A bucket list will make you feel motivated, whether that's to see the skyline of Singapore or eat the authentic seafood in Surabaya. Once you're motivated enough to know what you really want, you're going to feel naturally inspired to find avenues to start ticking off those wishes.


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Do You Want Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

How often have you gone back to the same holiday spots? If it's more than twice, it's time to break out of the cycle and start looking further afield. You deserve to give yourself a chance to shake up your core, and if a bungee jump is going to do that, then do it. The more you think about it, the harder it gets to go for it. Being in your comfort zone is a lot less stressful than being out of it, but if you want to really live your life, you need to go and get one. So, go and get one.

Do You Want To Feel Accomplished?

Some days, it's the little things that really make you feel accomplished. Do you know what else makes you feel accomplished? Ticking an item off your bucket list. You can see Surabaya Zoo and see animals you wouldn't see at your local one, ticking off seeing something exotic. That right there can make you feel accomplished like nothing else in your life.

Do You Want To Dream Bigger?

For some people, their current finances and time usually push those who have a goal. Those with children, for example, typically have a lot more constraints on their money and time than singletons. However, creating a goal for yourself can invite you to dream bigger. So, you want to learn to surf? Go beyond Cornwall and head to the Gold Coast instead. Go beyond the edge of the country in which you live and go to the far-flung corners. Dream more significant than your dreams, and your bucket list will help you there. Have some courage to go further than you imagined and break your goal down into a concrete plan.

The more you question your future, the more you will be putting yourself off creating any goals. Instead of uncertainty, take your time and work out what it is you want so that you can get it right and make it all happen. Your dreams are worth pursuing, and if you can understand precisely what it is that you want, you'll find that your bucket list is going to change your life in ways that you never imagined. It's time to sit and write what is probably the most essential list of your life.

Ellie Dickinson