They say our time here on earth is short and that we are all living on borrowed time and one day we would have to give it back. That is when our time on this planet ends. So a lot of people ask the question,
“What is the point of living?”,
“Do we have a purpose here for existing?”
I’m pretty sure most of us have asked ourselves these questions before. Well, you’re not the only one. Even I have thought about my purpose for being here, and it has led me to examine my own life. I have continued to wonder that if I were no longer to walk the face of this beautiful planet would I have spent my time wisely? Would I be happy? Would I have achieved everything I wanted to do? Would I have lived a fulfilled life or would I be full of regrets? That was when I thought of a bucket list.
What is a Bucket List?
A bucket list is a list of things you want to do, goals you want to achieve, and experiences you wish to have before you die. Most of the things on a bucket list are things that you have not done before. A bucket list helps us to do a self-reflection on the things to matter most to us in life and how our decisions have influenced our values and who we have become.
50 Bucket List Ideas
Creating a bucket list doesn’t necessarily mean that you are about to die. You could create a bucket list just as a guide and motivation to achieve your goals. It helps you to have a sense of direction and determination that drives you towards achieving your goals and doing what you consider important in your life.
So if you ever plan on making a bucket list, here are 50 bucket list ideas.
1. Travel the World
Planet earth has an equatorial radius of about 6300 kilometers, 250 countries, and over 6 billion people. Every one of these 6 billion people is from a variety of places with their own unique beliefs and cultures. This means there are just so many different experiences waiting for you around the world. Traveling the world helps to open your mind to new ideas, see things in a different light while giving you a new perspective on life.
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2. Learn a new Language
There are over 6500 spoken languages in the world today. You could take out some time to learn one of them. There are so many benefits to learning a new language as it could help to improve your communication skills and allow you to easily learn about other cultures. It will surely be a great accomplishment if you are bilingual or multi-lingual.
3. Try a new Profession
It never hurts to try something new, and what could feel better than trying a new profession. There are a lot of upsides to doing something new professionally. You get to encounter new experiences, meet new people and even solve new problems. It also helps to expand your knowledge.
4. Fulfill your Health Goals
We all have our own health goals. It might be healthy eating, exercising, or weight loss. Working towards achieving this goal and have great benefits and can also help to give you a sense of fulfillment.
5. Partake in a Race
Just for the fun of doing something you’ve never done before, partake in a race. It could be a long-distance race like a Marathon or even a triathlon. It’s not just about the race but the preparation for the race. It takes a lot of physical and mental training to partake in such races and this training could be beneficial to you.
6. Choose a Sport
You could partake in a sport you have never done before, like Tennis, Volleyball or Golf. Partaking in sports helps to keep you fit and healthy.
7. Visit the Ocean
As humans we spend the majority of our lifetime on land, you could try out something new for a change. You could try exploring the ocean by scuba diving or snorkeling. You could experience some aquatic life.
8. Try Skiing
Skiing is another fun sport you can try. The experience is something worth remembering. Skiing might seem easy but you might want to take up some lessons before trying it on.
9. Ride a Horse
Another fun thing to add to your bucket list would be to go horseback riding. It is a nice hobby that can be very relaxing. Who knows, you could end up forming a very emotional bong with a horse.
10. Go Sky Diving
Sky diving can be an extremely fun sport that could get your heart racing and fire up your adrenaline. It is something to experience.
11. Try Surfing
Surfing is a fun water sport and it can be pretty simple too if you try. All you need is some beach clothes, a surfboard, and some enthusiasm. Once you got these, you can to the beach and catch some waves.
12. Try Kite Surfing
Find surfing a little too easy? Then you can try kite surfing. Kite surfing involves using a kite to harness the power of the wind for surfing the waves or snow. It can be very fun with a lot of practice.
13. Try Para Sailing
This is another type of kiting activity where a parachute or a canopy is attached to the vehicle and the user is pulled by the vehicle and is launched into the air. Parasailing is just a more extreme version of kite surfing and can be fun.
14. Join an Exploration Team
An awesome thing to do would be to join an exploration team and travel with them all over the world. You could go visit the wonders of the world together. Or perhaps climb Mount Everest or visit the North Pole.
15. Try Ziplining
Ziplining is a recreational activity that’s action-packed and exhilarating. It simply involves going across some distance in the air with a zip cable and a belt or seat. It can be very fun.
16. Try getting a Tattoo
Getting a tattoo might not make the top of the list but it is something you might want to try. Some “body arts” can capture a memory and look beautiful at the same time. Tattoos can be a little bit painful and might last a long time, so you have to choose something that would make you smile when you take a look at it.
17. Try an Extreme Sport
You could try out an extreme sport. Extreme sports can be a little scary sometimes and extreme but they can be fun and heart-racing too. An extreme sport to try includes skydiving or paragliding.
18. Try Indoor Skydiving
Indoor skydiving is a recreational sport that allows humans to experience the feeling of flying without a plane or a parachute. It’s just like skydiving without the risk of a failing shoot. A wonderful experience all the same.
19. Go Hot Air Ballooning
Hot air ballooning is also another fun activity that can help you relax and see the world in another light and perspective. You could even go with someone, maybe a romantic interest. It can be a very interesting activity.
20. Go Sailing
A huge amount of them has never tried sailing. It is a very relaxing activity that fills you with new experiences. It is worth trying.
21. Go Watch a Rodeo
Watching the Rodeo can also be fun, and if you feel like getting in on the action, you can ride the mechanical rodeo.
22. Go on a Safari
You could go on a mini-vacation to go see some wildlife, maybe somewhere in India or Nigeria. Or perhaps you could visit a wildlife reserve.
23. Have a Spa Day
Booking a spa day and having your body taken care of is something you might want to add to your bucket list because you deserve it.
24. Do Some Farm Chores
Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a farm and those farm chores? Like milking the cow or shearing the sheep. You could try that out and see just how it goes.
25. Go Fishing with a Friend
Fishing can a be really fun bonding activity that can help you bond with friends and family. Why not give it a try and go on a fishing trip with someone you’d like to bond with.
26. Climb Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on the planet. Climbing would be an accomplishment.
27. Learn to Play Chess
28. Start and Grow a YouTube Channel
29. Reconcile Misunderstandings
30. Begin a Meditation Routine
31. Do Something Touching for Someone
32. Become a Mentor to Somebody
33. Chase Your Passion
34. Start a Business
35. Try Volunteering
36. Try Whale Watching
37. Start a Blog
38. Find Love
39. Write a song
40. Learn to Paint
41. Write a book
42. Act in a Play
43. Motivate Someone
44. See a Movie at the Cinema
45. Host a Game Night With Friends
46. Set a Record on the Guinness Book of Records
47. Create a Passive Income
48. Board a Private Jet
49. Meet a Famous Person
50. Write a Book
These were just a few ideas of what you can add to your bucket list. There are hundreds of things that you can do. Take some time to pick a few and get started!
Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.