Most people think a bucket list is a list of all the outrageous things to do before you die. In fact, the more outrageous the better.
The reality is, a bucket list is what you make it. From outrageous, to adventurous, to creative, to simple, it’s a list that reflects you and your dreams. And it can give you a meaningful, fun, and fulfilling life.
But what are some things you should add to your list? And why should you consider them?
We’re so glad you asked. That a look at these 15 awesome and fulfilling things to add to your bucket list and do before you die.
1. Visit Your Dream Country
The words alone bring the image of a destination to mind. You know you’ve always wanted to go. Talking about it is usually followed by the word “someday”.
So, what’s stopping you?
Turn that “someday” into a “been there done that.” Everyone deserves to experience standing in their dream country.
We all know how important it is to give back. Though, with busy schedules, it’s far too easy to let that slide down our to-do lists.
Let’s change that. Do something that will make a real difference for someone in need. And it doesn’t have to be anything big. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.
3. Learn a Foreign Language
Learning a new language opens a new world of culture, meeting new people, makes you smarter (it actually improves brain function), and builds your self-confidence.
Plus, it’s fun to bust that newfound skill out at parties.
4. Conquer a Fear
Fear is one of the worst four-letter words out there! It can hold you back from doing so much in life.
Take control. Face it. And show it who’s boss.
Once you do, you’ll realize how strong you are. And your other fears will no longer seem as scary. Then just like that, you’ll become an unstoppable fantastic force.
5. Host a Dinner Party
Togetherness. Doesn’t that word bring on all the warm and fuzzies? Now, put food with it. It’s like a dream come true.
Plan an intimate, home-made dinner party at your place. Make it a cozy night in with those that are most important to you. Because spending time with loved ones is what it’s all about.
6. Travel Solo
No other experience will teach you more about yourself than traveling solo. It will mentally prepare you to take on other challenges with an inner-strength you didn’t know was possible.
And the best part? Solo travel is all about you. And you’re pretty awesome.
7. Go Stargazing
Nothing quite gives the feeling of laying out on a blanket, gazing up at a star-filled sky, and realizing what a small space we take up in this universe.
It’s an introspective experience everyone should have. Complete with friends and a bottle of wine.
8. Learn a New Skill
Have you always wanted to take a cooking class? Read more DIY books? What about a pottery class (because it’s been your dream to recreate that scene from Ghost)?
Whatever it may be, there’s never a wrong time to learn something new. (And recreating that scene is the best idea yet.)
9. Live Your Own Version of a “Ferris Bueller” Day
Everyone deserves a day to do whatever they feel like. Because too many of us do what’s expected, but where’s the fun in that all the time?
This is a day to be impulsive. To go wherever the wind may carry you. And you have to play hooky from work or school or it doesn’t count.
And if you don’t know what a “Ferris Bueller” day is, watch the movie. Bonus points if you can recreate the parade scene.
The news, work, social media, LIFE can get overwhelming. Though just like with anything else, if you unplug and reboot, you come back better than before.
And you are no exception to that rule.
So, unplug for a day, a weekend, maybe a week. Let it all fade out. Then come back refreshed.
11. Go on a Road Trip with Friends
Picture it… music, food, a car full of friends, and the open road. It’s the perfect ingredients for a good time.
So, pick your best “ride or dies”, decide on a destination, and go. Because it’s really about the journey and all the memories along the way.
12. Donate Blood
This is about giving again. Because honestly, you can never give to others in need enough.
And it can help save a life. Or more than one life. There’s nothing more fulfilling than that.
13. Live Somewhere Very Different from Where You Grew up
Traveling to a different place is one thing. But living there is an entirely different experience.
Breaking out of our bubble and the life we have grown so used to can lead us to grow in ways we never thought possible. And not will we learn more about ourselves, we’ll learn more about others and the world around us.
14. Make Something from Scratch
You can sit and look at the coffee table you bought at the store (that’s easy). Or you can sit and look at the coffee table you built with your own two hands (and revel in your magnificent creation).
No matter what it is, making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride, accomplishment, and help you be grateful for the little things in life.
15. Research Your Family Tree
There’s a special kind of satisfaction in knowing who you are and where you came from. It can start to make things about yourself make so much more sense than they did before.
Not to mention, it’s just plain fascinating.
Having a List of Things to Do Before You Die Can Be Eye-Opening
When you go beyond your norm and tackle a list of things to do before you die, you gain so much more than expected. You’ll learn something about yourself, appreciate the world around you, and have a whole lot of fun along the way.
Sometimes all you need to start your bucket list is a boost of self-confidence. Click here for tips on how to build yours up today!