People all over the world are creating Bucket Lists every day, I have even made my fair share in the past too. Climbing mountains, jumping out of planes… the activities to add to a bucket list are endless. But if you take a step back and think about it, making a bucket list is so restricting.

Writing a list of things you want to do and checking them off seems great, and I’m sure in reality it is great. But what happens when you get the opportunity to climb a mountain in Tanzania and not in Thailand as you planned? Does that get ticked off the bucket list? Does that tick become compromised? There is no wiggle room if you make a list of things and only do those said activities. If you make a list, you are constantly searching for the next one to tick off also. ‘Seen the Taj Mahal, Whats Next??‘. By doing this you are taking away from the experience in the moment and minimizing it to a sheer tick on a page.

What about all the magical things that happen in between checking off these items? Getting lost in the streets of Rome while looking for the Trevi Fountain. Drunkenly running through the Vegas strip before getting to the Casino or nightclub of choice. Eating pizza and talking until the early hours of the morning after a night out with friends. Jumping in the pool on your way back to your apartment on your sun holiday and getting told off. These are the things that make your life great, the moments that you really remember. 

The most amazing moments cannot be planned. You shouldn’t limit yourself, you should seize every opportunity with you get . Soak up the moment you are in, don’t just do it for the sake of saying that you have it done. You can’t measure life and its great moments by planning everything because the really important stuff, they all happen between the numbers on your list.



20 thoughts on “Kicking The Bucket-List

  1. Hey, it’s all good right?! My thankful jar is filling up fast…some of my grateful thoughts evolve around where I experienced such meaningful moments and some honestly twirl around the backyard garden and the evening in our bedroom sharing books. I like your thinking.

  2. At first I thought to myself, “what is she talking about? Bucket lists are awesome!” But the more I read, the more I realized how right you are. At the end of the day, it’s the small simple moments you didn’t even know you wanted to accomplish. Loved this post!

    1. I know I have made so many myself in the past until I came to this realization! You can’t confine your life’s greatest moments to a list of activities and sights! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. I agree so much with this post – I’m not a fan of the “bucket list” approach to travel either, because the best travel moments aren’t planned, and things like seeing an historic landmark aren’t always the highlight of a trip! Thanks for posting 🙂

  4. Totally agree. Lists help focus but I have always been willing to take advantage of new opportunities. If I have caught myself being to anal, I merely add the new opportunity to the list and check it off. Mission accomplished. 🙂 –Curt

  5. I am the type of person who likes to plan everything in details, but I have never made a bucket list 🙂 While travelling, I am totally spontaneous. For me, a bucket list is like a plan which I have to follow and that will spoil the interest/mystery of my journeys.

    1. I am the very same, I write lists about the lists I have to write usually! But it’s nice to not confine yourself while you are travelling and just let the magic happen 🙂 happy travelling!

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