Imagine being able to say at the end of your life’s journey: “Wow, what a ride!” And what better way to have a fulfilling, adventurous life than by creating a bucket list, and taking the necessary steps to cross off each item on your list? When most people think of a life list, they think of things such as the following:
- “Climb the Eiffel Tower”
- “Go to Carnival at Rio de Janeiro”
- “Swim with Sharks”
- “Go To the Super Bowl”
Although you should definitely include travel on your life list—if seeing the world, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures is something that interests you–, as well as including all of the different adventures you would like to go on, you should also take the time to decide what you want to accomplish in each area of your life. This includes areas such as the following:
- Work: Starting a profitable, location-independent business doing what you love; finding work that gives you a sense of fulfillment; being among the best in the world in your field.
- Family: Finding and marrying the love of your life; having a healthy, happy child; spending lots of quality time with your spouse.
- Health: Having the energy and strength to do everything you want; to look and feel fit; to age well.
- Contributions: Spending a year abroad with the Peace Corps; volunteering at a homeless shelter; mentoring a disadvantaged youth.
- Finances: Having a million dollar investment portfolio; having multiple sources of passive income; having enough money to be able to finance your life goals.
- Personal Development: Having the ability to hit the “pause button” and choosing your attitude in any situation; learning to forgive; having a happiness project.
Creating and achieving your life list is about deciding what you really want-which means setting goals–, as well as planning, budgeting, and then taking the necessary steps to accomplish your goals. The last part, taking action, includes incorporating habits and routines into your daily life which will help you to gradually mold your life into a work of art that is uniquely yours.
Do you dream of being a bestselling novelist? How about going on safari? Or going camel trekking in the Sinai desert? How about making a difference in someone’s life?
Maybe You Want To . . .
- 1. Invent a board game.2. Do stand-up comedy.3. Attend Loy Krathong in Thailand.4. Go camping.5. Ride a gondola in Venice.6. Learn to salsa dance.7. Host Saturday Night Live.8. Visit a Renaissance fair.9. Find your life’s passion.10. Witness an eclipse.
“Find the joy in your life.
When you die you’re asked two questions, and your answers determine whether or not you’ll get into heaven:
1. Have you found joy in life?
2. Has your life brought joy to others?
What do you want to do before you “kick the bucket”?
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Sports to Try Before You Die
11. Run a 5k.
12. Run a 10k.
13. Run a half-marathon.
14. Complete a marathon.
15. Run the Boston Marathon.
16. Run the Honolulu Marathon.
17. Run the London marathon.
18. Join the 50 States Marathon Club and run a marathon in all 50 states.
19. Become a triathlete (participate in endurance events consisting of swimming, cycling, and running).
20. Complete the Ironman Triathlon.
21. Walk across the Simpson desert in Australia.
22. Complete an American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
23. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
Why run a marathon?
- Because it’s there (as George Mallory would say).
- It provides a clear objective to strive for and I’ll become healthier along the way.
- The discipline required to run a marathon will spill over to other areas of my life.
- To develop more self-confidence.
- Because of the feeling of accomplishment that I’ll feel once I cross that finish line.
- To test my mental and physical strength.
- To help raise money for a good cause.
- Because I love running.
- To be part of the elite group of people who have finished a marathon.
- Because of the feeling of anticipation created by having an event set on a specific date to look forward to.
Your Cycling and Other Wheel Sports List
24. Learn to ride a bike efficiently and safely.
25. Bike through National Geographic’s 10 Best Bike Trails in the World.
26. Take a bike tour through wine country.
27. Ride a unicycle.
28. Go mountain biking.
29. Enter a bike race.
30. Participate in the Tour de France.
31. Ride a bicycle from Los Angeles to New York.
32. Learn to rollerblade.
33. Learn to ride a skateboard.
34. Learn to do a “wheelie” on your skateboard, and other tricks.
35. Learn to skateboard on ramps.
36. Go canoeing.
37. Go kayaking.
38. Go sailing.
39. Participate in a regatta (boat race).
40. Go windsurfing.
41. Drive a speedboat.
42. Ride a jet ski.
43. Go water skiing.
44. Go water skiing barefoot.
45. Go tubing.
46. Ride an ice boat.
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” Arnold Palmer”
Sports to Try Before You Die
48. Make a hole in one.
49. Play golf in all 50 states.
50. Play golf with Jack Nicklaus.
51. Play St. Andrews.
52. Play Pebble Beach.
53. Go golfing at each of the 100 Best Major Golf Courses in the World.
54. Strive for a birdie, an eagle, an albatross, or even the mythical condor.
55. Learn to play tennis.
56. Perfect your serve.
57. Play doubles.
58. Enter a tennis tournament.
59. Compete at Wimbledon.
60. Learn to play squash.
61. Learn to play racquet ball.
62. Learn to play badminton.
Team Sports List
Choose one of the team sports below and resolve to excel at it, maybe even play professionally. Or, just get a group of friends together and play for fun.
69. Field Hockey.
70. Ice Hockey.
75. Join a rowing club.
76. Take up fishing.
77. Learn to bait your fishing hook.
78. Take up fly-fishing.
79. Go deep sea fishing.
80. Go ice fishing.
81. Fish in the Florida Keys.
82. Fish for the Alaska Silver Salmon.
83. Catch a sailfish.
84. Participate in the White Marlin Open.
85. Win a fishing tournament.
86. Go on a week-long fishing trip.
87. Go deer hunting.
88. Go duck hunting.
89. Go alligator hunting.
90. Hunt grouse in Scotland.
91. Go bear hunting.
Bowling Bucket List
92. Learn to bowl.
93. Bowl a strike.
94. Join a bowling league.
95. Play in a bowling tournament.
“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” Winston Churchill”
Horseback Riding List
97. Go horseback riding along the beach.
98. Learn to jump on horseback.
99. Participate in a show jumping competition.
101. Descend into the Bryce Canyon (Utah) on horseback.
102. Ride a horse without a saddle.
Snow and Winter Sports List
103. Learn to ski.
104. Learn to ski jump.
105. Ski the Alps.
106. Ski the Andes.
107. Go heli-skiing.
108. Ski at St. Moritz.
109. Ski in Vail, Colorado.
110. Ski at the top ten ski resorts in the world.
111. Complete a cross-country ski race.
112. Go snowboarding.
113. Go sledding.
114. Go snowmobiling.
115. Learn how to ice skate
116. Learn to figure skate.
117. Learn to swim.
118. Swim in all of the Great Lakes.
119. Swim in the ocean.
120. Learn to high dive.
121. Participate in a swimming race.
122. Get certified as a lifeguard.
123. Swim across the English Channel.
124. Swim from Asia to Europe across the Bosporus Strait.
Martial Arts List
126. Become a black belt in karate.
127. Kung Fu
129. Tae Kwon Do
Combat Sports List
132. Try fencing.
133. Learn archery.
134. Go to a shooting range.
135. Learn to fire a rifle.
136. Learn boxing.
137. Spar a professional boxer.
138. Learn wrestling techniques.
139. Take a basic self-defense class.
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.”
Your Languages List
What languages would like to learn?
Languages to Learn Before You Die
141. Learn conversational Spanish.
142. Be able to read German at an 8th grade level.
143. Learn four European languages.
144. Learn the Arabic alphabet.
145. Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages.
146. Learn 100 basic ASL (American Sign Language) signs.
147. Learn fluent ASL.
148. Learn Mandarin.
149. Learn Latin.
150. Choose a country and learn not only the language that is spoken there, but also study its customs, its cuisine, its art, and its history.
151. Learn enough Italian to be able to understand Opera.
152. Learn your grandparents’ native tongue.
153. Become a United Nations Interpreter.
154. Teach English in a foreign country.
155. Learn Esperanto (constructed language meant to serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding).
156. Learn to interpret body language.
157. Learn to pray in Hebrew.
Music, Song, and Dance List
Let the music out.
Your Music List
Musical Instruments List
158. Learn to play the harmonica.
159. Learn to play piano by ear.
160. Learn to play the drums.
161. Learn to play your favorite song on the guitar.
162. Learn to play three brass instruments.
163. Play in an orchestra.
164. Conduct an orchestra.
165. Form a band.
166. Join a string quartet.
167. Perform as a street musician.
168. Learn to play an obscure musical instrument, such as The Hang.
169. Teach a child to play a musical instrument.
170. Take singing lessons.
171. Learn to yodel.
172. Compose a song.
173. Sing karaoke.
174. Sing the national anthem in front of a large crowd.
175. Release an album.
176. Join the church choir.
177. Learn to sing opera.
178. Join a barbershop harmony quartet.
179. Sing a duet with your favorite singer.
Music to Listen to List
180. Go to the Havana International Jazz Festival.
181. Go to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
182. Go to a real blues bar in Chicago.
183. Go to a jazz club in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
184. Hear Joshua Bell play the violin.
185. Hear Andrea Bocelli sing opera in Milan.
186. Listen to your favorite band play in concert.
187. Own every album Il Divo has put out.
188. Listen to every piece composed by Frederic Chopin.
189. Listen to the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center.
“And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done
191. Build a Classical Music Library
Classical music is definitely among the finer things humanity has to offer. Why not add “build a music library” to your bucket list?
“Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Dances to Try Before You Die
Your Dance Bucket List
Take dance lessons for:
199. Belly Dance
201. Tap Dance
202. Hip hop
204. Square Dancing
206. Irish Stepdance
208. Hula (Hawaiian dance)
209. Samba. Samba is a fun, lively, rhythmic dance which originated in Brazil. Although in some countries Samba evolved into a partner dance–in fact, it was standardized as a ballroom dance in 1956– in Brazil, Samba remains a solo form. It’s danced at street festivals and parades, most notably during Carnival season.
“A life list is a set of goals that you set for yourself covering all the different areas of your life. It’s meant to ensure that you decide who you want to be, and what you want to do and have in life, and that you take the necessary action to accomplish these things.”
— Marelisa Fabrega