Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creating a Bucket List for Life

Goals and aspirations are a good thing. Having things we can look forward to in life helps us carry on and press on toward our goals. In this sense, the--either written down or mental--things we'd like to do become our "bucket list." I hadn't heard that term until the movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson was released. Now...we don't really want to spend our time thinking about when we'll "kick the bucket" so to speak, but it's vital to think about the future.

My best friend and I in Paris
In the movie, Freeman and Nicholson meet when they receive treatments for terminal lung cancer. They become friends and Nicholson’s character finds out about a “bucket list” that Freeman’s character makes. He plans a trip for the two of them to see the world, because, of course, Nicholson’s character is conveniently a millionaire. They end up doing incredible things such as skydiving, flying over the North Pole, visiting India's Taj Mahal, eating dinner in Paris, driving a Shelby Mustang, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, going on an African safari, sitting on top of the Great Pyramids, and traveling to Hong Kong before heading back home. Whew! Sounds like fun.
Though I’m definitely not wealthy, my “bucket list” has grown both longer and shorter over the years. It’s ever changing. Naturally, my list is filled with the many travel experiences I’d like to have one day, but there are also other things that I’ve added—some silly and serious. When researching "bucket lists," I came across a neat website,, where people around the world can create an online bucket list. You can view people’s goals and even borrow them for your own list. It's quite fun and definitely interesting.

[Special Note to Writers: Wouldn't this site provide great ideas for characters' lifestyles and goals? I think so!]
Meeting Keith Urban in Las Vegas
Some of the things I have been able to do are: Serve the Lord around the world (a continuing goal)/ Donate my hair to Locks of Love/ Take a road trip down Route 66/ Help at an orphanage/ Catch a bouquet at a wedding/ Buy a house/ Support a child in another country/ Write a book / Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland/ Be a movie extra/ See the Great Pyramids/ Graduate from college/ Have a library in my house/ Volunteer in a homeless shelter/ Have a lead role in a play/ Dye my hair red/ See the Eiffel Tower/ Learn to snow ski/ Become a journalist/ Float in the Dead Sea/ Backpack in Europe/ Meet my favorite country stars/ Learn to scuba dive/ Go on a trip just me and my Dad/ Fly first class/ Ride a camel/ See a volcano upclose/ Make my parents proud.

Me kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland
These aren’t all the goals of my life and perhaps there are many more to add, but I think it’s healthy to have goals whether they are realistic or require a bit of imagination. It puts excitement in our lives and keeps us on our toes with anticipation for we never know what opportunities shall arise. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to miss them.

What are some items on your bucket list? What have you checked off? Feel free to share below or create your own bucket list and post the link below! :)


  1. Great list Morgan! You have already accomplished much more than most people in an entire lifetime!

    My bucket list includes: traveling to Europe, journeying the Camino de Santiago, writing/publishing my memoir, a mission trip out of the country, learn to play a musical instrument...

    1. Hi Denise! Thanks so much for checking out this post and commenting! :)

      Your bucket list looks awesome...and totally realistic! These opportunities could pop up at any time. Have a great day!

      P.S. Thanks for the suggestion to check out "Worldwide Travel." I'm heading there now. :)