My bucket list


I have been debating whether to publish a bucket list. For all who don’t know, a bucket list is a checklist of new experiences that a person wishes to have in his or her lifetime.

I have always thought that only elderly people and terminally ill patients compose bucket lists. After all, the notion of a bucket list comes from the idiom Kick the Bucket which simply means to die. Besides, the 2 main characters in the 2007 movie The Bucket List, which popularized the term, belonged to the aforementioned demographic groups. However, increasingly, I see young people devising their bucket lists.

Getting a head-start on one’s bucket list is excellent. If trekking Mount Everest is on your bucket list, you need to do it while you still have strength and stamina.

I did not have a bucket list during my youthful days. Instead, I had goals, mostly related with my career, family, and lifestyle, and always utilitarian in nature. For example, some of my goals then were:

  • Exercise 3 times a week.
  • Spend quality time with my family.
  • Learn a particular career-enhancing skill.

Now that I am in my 50’s, generating a bucket list still remains difficult. I attribute my struggle with the following reasons:

  • Guilt
    Bucket lists are seemingly selfish and self-centered. As a family and company man, I was well indoctrinated about what my priorities should be.
  • Fear
    Writing it down somehow holds me accountable. Having a dream is fine, but actually reaching for it takes courage.
  • Fickleness
    My dreams are fickle enough that I vacillate on whether to include them on the list. In fact, one particular item was promoted to my bucket list as recent as 1 month ago.


Without further ado, here is my bucket list:

  • Write a book.
  • Learn Spanish.
  • Move to Latin America.

Do you have a bucket list? Do you find it difficult to come up with it?

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