Don’t Live One More Day Without Having Written Your Bucket List

It might very well change your life

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What’s that? You’ve probably already heard about it. A bucket list is a personal list you make, including all the things you want to do before you die. And it might very well change your life.

In my own bucket list, there are equally big things and small things.

Before I die, I want to :

  • Spend more time with my family
  • Travel the world as a digital nomad
  • Go on a trip with my brother only
  • Taste a poutine
  • See the Everest with my own eyes
  • Write a book
  • Make a jump in freefall
  • Learn Italian

… There are two pages of it.

Making a bucket list changed my life. One day, when I was feeling a bit down, I opened YouTube, and this video was waiting for me on the homepage. Over the ten minutes it lasts, my mood got better and better, leaving me so excited at the end that all I did was grab a pen and paper, and sat back to write my bucket list.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — Oscar Wilde

That’s something I had already thought of several times but never did. I didn’t get why it was so important. Wouldn’t I do everything I wanted in the time I wanted, without having to write it down?

I was wrong. Writing your bucket list is life changing. But only under a specific condition: you need to be totally honest with yourself.

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Let’s do it!

Are you all set? Pen, paper? All right.

Write all the very first things which come to your mind. It’s okay if you’re not sure whether you really want it or not. Write it down. You can still come back later and erase it.

Fill bullet points for as long as you have ideas. Big and small ones.

Are you running out of ideas? Perfect. That’s when something slightly different happens. Stay seated, and think. Dive deep down in your mind. Explore all your desires and wishes.

Use sentences such as:

  • Before I die, I want to…
  • I would have regrets if I died without having…
  • I have always wanted to…
  • When I was a child I dreamed of…

Baking a pie with your grandma works. Reading the book that’s sitting on your bedside works. Getting that haircut works. Having coffee with your best friend works.

There is nothing too big, and there is nothing too small.

The magic here is the moment you really face yourself.
Write all the things that make you excited and happy.

And then?

It was not easy. You did an amazing job. You should be proud of yourself.

Now, the goal is to tick the boxes.

But there’s one trick. No, you can’t think “it can wait, I’ve got time”. Because you don’t know when you’ll run out of time. You don’t know if someday, something will happen and make things difficult. There is only one thing you know: today, you can.

So make it happen. You want to take that trip to see your family? Check your calendar. Find a few days. And book that plane ticket. What are you waiting for? What keeps you from doing it right now?

Please, avoid making up false problems.

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility”. — Victoria Moran

Writing my bucket list was life-changing. That’s what led me to decide that I wanted to finally realize my biggest dream, which is to travel the world as a digital nomad. And guess what? I’m leaving in 6 months!

Sharing some patiently gathered tips to help people vibrate on the same frequency as reality — auriane.alix.medium@gmail.com

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