What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die
“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross
“The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown
A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time.
What’s a Bucket List?
If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die.
Why Create One?
If you don’t live your days by personal goals and plans, chances are you spend most of your time caught up in a flurry of day-to-day activities. Ever feel your days are passing you by without any tangible output to speak of? What did you accomplish in the past 3 months? What are your upcoming goals for the next 3 months? Look at the things you did and the things you’re planning to do next – Do they mean anything to you if you are to die today? Having a bucket list reminds you of what’s really important so you can act on them.
Even if you frequently live by goals or to-do lists, they are probably framed within a certain social context e.g. performance, career, health. A bucket list opens up the context. It’s a forum to set anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to do, whether it’s big, small or random.
It’s just like planning ahead all the highlights you want for YOUR whole life. Even though goal setting is already my staple activity, I still found many new things to do while I was writing on my own list. It was an incredibly insightful exercise. What’s more, coming up with my list gave me a whole new layer of enthusiasm knowing what’s in store ahead!
The objective of creating this list isn’t to instill some kind of a race against time or to create aversion toward death. I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth – I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth – our physical lifespan is but a short speck of our existence in the universe.
The whole point of creating your list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. It’s a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here, so that instead of pandering our time in pointless activities, we are directing it fully toward what matters to us.
Create Your Bucket List
If you don’t have a bucket list, I highly recommend you to create one. How much does it cost? Zero. How long does it take? Probably 30 minutes to an hour, or more if you get really caught up in the writing. What do you stand to gain? Significant clarity and focus on what you want from your life. It’s an invaluable exchange.
If you already have your list, take this opportunity to review it. See if there are new items you want to add-on. If so, add them in. Check if all the items listed are still relevant. If not, remove them.
Now, take out your pen and paper or open up a text document. Start writing down what comes to mind as you read these questions:
- What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you could do before you die?
- What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
- What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
- Any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
- What are your biggest goals and dreams?
- What do you want to see in person?
- What achievements do you want to have?
- What experiences do you want to have / feel?
- Are there any special moments you want to witness?
- What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?
- What are the most important things you can ever do?
- What would you like to say/do together with other people? People you love? Family? Friends?
- Are there any specific people you want to meet in person?
- What do you want to achieve in the different areas: Social, Love, Family, Career, Finance, Health (Your weight, Fitness level), Spiritual?
- What do you need to do to lead a life of the greatest meaning?
Come up with as many items as you can. The items should be things you have not done yet. Don’t stop until you finish listing at least 101 things! If you find yourself stuck, chances are you are mentally limiting/constraining yourself. Release those shackles – Your bucket list is meant to be a list of everything you want to achieve, do, see, feel and experience in your life. Check out the next section for added inspiration.
101 Things To Do Before You Die
Here are 101 items to consider for your bucket list. Look through the list — any item that resonates with you? Take the items that resonate and use them for your own list! For your convenience, I’ve included useful resources (hand-picked by yours truly) to aid you in your bucket-list quest.
If you have experienced or have personally achieved any of the items below, feel free to share your experience in the comments section below. Thank you!
(Note: The list below is a sample list of things you can put for your own list. If you are curious about *my* bucket list, you can find it here: My bucket list.)
1. Travel all around the world
Traveling — it’s the single best activity that exposes you to new cultures, broaden your mind, move out of your comfort zone, allow you to meet new people, and experience the wonders of the world.
I’m a strong advocate of traveling and have in fact traveled widely around the world in the past years. In 2011, I went on a seven-month non-stop trip around Europe and U.S. where I met PE readers from around the world and held PE readers meetup in London, London again, New York, and Los Angeles. I’ve subsequently been to Kuala Lumpur, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Scotland, and Hong Kong where I held PE reader meetups in all of them (except India).
All in all, I’ve spent about 50% of my time between 2011 to 2013 traveling! I look forward to visiting new countries such as South America, Canada, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand moving forward.
How about you? What new countries would you like to visit? Here are some traveling resources:
- Travel recommendations:
- List of Countries in the World (Alphabetical Order)
- Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel
- Wonders of the World
- 1000 Places to See Before You Die
- Insights on Holland – View from an Outsider’s Perspective (Series) – If you’re planning to visit Holland, here’s my 7-part series from when I visited the country in 2011
- Visa Requirements by Nationality
2. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is never easy but it’s so satisfying when you are able to converse with someone in a foreign language! I admire people who are multi-lingual — I’m personally fluent in only English and Mandarin while having functional knowledge of Hokkien, Japanese, and Bahasa Indonesia. I hope to learn a few foreign languages — Spanish being one of them — in the future.
Some language resources:
- List of Languages in the World
- 12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time
- How to Learn Any Language — Website
- Verbling | italki — Language exchange site
3. Try a profession in a different field
What profession are you in now and how long have you been doing this? Is it time for a change in profession? It’s nice to do something different from what you have been doing, and it doesn’t have to involve quitting your current job — you can always experiment with volunteer work in a field you enjoy or start up a part-time business on the side. It’s all about expanding your horizon and trying something new.
4. Achieve your ideal weight
I used to be a severe binge eater (a story which I’ve shared in My Journey with Emotional Eating series) and making the commitment to overcome my emotional eating, live healthily, and lose my excess weight has been one of the single best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Make the commitment to be healthy. What is your ideal weight? Are you at your ideal weight today? What can you do to start being healthy? Some weight loss resources:
- 7 Biggest Myths of Weight Loss, Debunked (Including the Myth that You Have To Go Hungry!)
- 25 Of My Best Weight Loss Tips
- How To Stop Emotional Eating (6-part series)
- How To Lose 25kg in Just 8 Months [Video]
- How to Develop a Positive Body Image (series)
- How To Stop Stress Eating 4-Week Program — my four-week premium program and one-stop solution to stop emotional eating permanently
5. Run a marathon
A marathon is a long-distance race of 42.2 km (26.2 miles) long — definitely not an easy feat that requires training and hard work! Training and completing a marathon will not only develop you in your physical strength and endurance, but also your mental persistence, will, and attitude. Read:
6. Take part in a triathlon
A triathlon is a ”multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines.” Modern-day triathlons are swim/bike/run events that are done in that order. If you think that a marathon is tough, wait till you try a triathlon — the ironman triathlon consists of 3.86 km (2.4 mi) swim, a 180.25 km (112-mi) bicycle ride and a 42.2 km (26.2-mi) run (that’s a marathon-length race!), raced in that order and without a break!
But don’t run in the opposite direction just yet — there are many triathlons of varying distances that are completely manageable. For example, a sprint triathlon is 750 m / (0.47 mi) / 20 km (12.4 mi) / 5 km while an Olympic triathlon is 1.5 km (0.93 mi) / 40 km (24.8 mi) / 10 km (6.2 mi). One of my readers decided to train for a triathlon as a personal milestone — despite never having done a marathon in her life! She eventually completed the triathlon after a year of training, and was so proud of herself!
Ready to take up the triathlon challenge? Read:
- How Do I Train For My First Triathlon?
- The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Triathlons
- Triathlon Training for Beginners – a training resource website
- TriFind — Triathlon calendar for America
7. Take up a new sport
Sports is a great way to keep fit! Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor person, there is a sport for everyone. Here are some sports to try out:
- Technique sports: Archery, Golf, Bowling, Billiard, Skateboarding, Skating, Roller-blading, Ice skating
- Racket sports: Squash, Badminton, Tennis, Table tennis
- Water sports: Water rafting, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Sailing, Swimming, Scuba diving, Snorkeling
- Group sports: Soccer, Rugby, Baseball, Basketball, Ultimate frisbee
8. Go scuba diving / snorkeling and experience marine life up close
As humans, we spend all of our lives on land. Yet there is a whole world under the sea that we’re not privy to! Do you know that 71% of the Earth’s surface is actually the ocean? And do you know that because of the ocean’s depth, it contains about 300 times the habitable volume of the terrestrial habitats on Earth — and many ocean species are still to be discovered?
With scuba diving and snorkeling, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the marine life — and see, feel, and experience the vast ocean in person. Scuba diving is one of my bucket-list items!
- Marine biology [Wiki]
- Snorkeling.info — Complete resource for snorkeling
- 25 Best Places To Go Scuba Diving
- Scuba Diving — Complete resource for scuba diving
- 10 Top Spots to Snorkel
9. Go skiing
There’s something about being able to glide on snow while controlling your motor movements that just makes skiing such a fun sport. It’s by no means easy or safe — one should take lessons before attempting to ski alone — but it’s worth trying out, especially for people who don’t live in winter countries. I personally haven’t skied before and would love to give it a shot next time. Read:
- Beginner Ski Lesson [Video]
- Ski resorts by country
- Ski resources — including recommended ski equipment, ski wear, and accessories
10. Trek the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is the most famous trek in South America and is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. It starts from Chillca and follows a route to Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas. Read:
- Inca Trail — Comprehensive site dedicated to the Inca Trail
- Inca Trail [Wiki] — When to go, what train to take, and what to prepare
- Inca Trail Esssentials [Lonely Planet]
11. Go horseback riding
Horseback riding began in the 14th century, where it was used as a functional activity to transport materials and people. Today, it has transformed into both a hobby and a competitive sport. Horseback riding in itself can be a good sport to relax and unwind from the busy life. Unlike typical sports where you are alone or with other peopple, in horseback riding, you work together with an animal — the horse — and often times build an emotional bond with it.
More on horseback riding:
- Horseback Riding — How to Start [Video]
- Know Before You Go: Horseback Riding
- Complete Idiot’s Guide to Horseback Riding [Book]
12. Do an extreme sport
I don’t consider myself an extreme-sports person, but I do like to experiment in life. When I was in Cape Town in April 2013, my host and reader Lizette invited me to go paragliding as she has friends who are licensed tandem paragliding pilots. I took up the offer, and went paragliding not once, but twice!!!
Me paragliding in Cape Town on April 18, 2013. Check out THAT view!!! We were literally floating in the air for a good minute or two. One of the MOST surreal moments in my life!!
The experience was immense and one that I’ll never forget. I do recommend everyone to try at least one extreme sport in our lifetimes! (Of course, make sure *all* safety precautions are in place and you are with professional and licensed instructors.) While the experience may only last a couple of minutes, those few minutes will be some of the most memorable ones in your life.
- 20 unmissable extreme sports (and where to try them)
- Bungee jumping: Top 10 bungee jumps in the world
- Paragliding: 10 great paragliding and hang gliding spots around the world
- Skydiving: World’s best places to skydive and bungee jump
13. Climb a mountain
Why risk your life to climb a mountain when the journey is fraught with rocky terrains and with ever-changing weather conditions? For some, mountain climbing is an external conquest; some find enjoyment in the sport; others see it as a step in their personal growth journey. Whatever it is, mountain climbing is a feat that takes physical endurance and mental tenacity to accomplish, and is definitely a bucket-list worthy item. I haven’t climbed a mountain yet but I plan to do that sometime in the future!
- “Why I Climb” — an article by a climber who has climbed over 300,000 vertical feet, 90,000 on Everest expeditions alone
- Thoughts on Climbing Mt. Everest
- Climbing destinations around the world
- Top 10 climbs around the world
14. Learn a strategy game
Strategy games like chess, checkers, chinese chess, Reversi (also known as Otello), Mindsweeper (part of Windows bundle) are great ways to train your mind. As a child, my brother and I played chinese chess together very often; I also enjoy playing mind sports like chess and Reversi a lot and would do so with my friends and against the computer). I don’t know if playing such games helped me to be smarter, but I know it certainly taught me to think quickly, to develop plan of actions in anticipation of future issues, and to think before I act!
- List of Abstract Strategy Games [Wiki]
- Yahoo! Games – Free strategy games and board games where you can pit your skills against players around the world
15. Connect with past teachers
Some of us may think of teachers in a bad light. After all, teachers are often remembered for giving us endless assignments and tests and generally making our lives miserable while in school!
Yet, our teachers are also crucial educators who impart importanted knowledge — and life skills — to us during our early ages when we were the most impressionable. They ensured that we would be on the right path as we entered preadolescence, adolescence, and subsequently adulthood. While teachers don’t always get everything right, their intentions come from a good place and they want to see us win.
Think about your past teachers in junior school, high school, and tertiary education. Find ways to get back in touch with them. (Calling your alma mater is always a good start.) Let them know how they have touched your life.
16. Let someone know how much he/she means to you
In our life’s journey, we are constantly touched and supported by people around us, be it friends, family, or acquaintances. Can you identify someone who has made a difference in your life? Write a letter to the person today and let him/her know how much he/she means to you. You can do this as many times as you want, for as many people as you like. Read:
- #Gratitude Challenge Day 3: Write a Gratitude Note to Someone
- #KindnessChallenge Day 9: Write a Letter to Someone Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life
17. Give a heartfelt surprise to someone
When’s the last time you gave someone a surprise? It’s always heartwarming to come home to a nicely cooked dinner, to have a bouquet of flowers sent to you at work, or to even receive a simple text message from a loved one. Who is someone you would like to touch today? What surprise can you give to him/her?
18. Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return
Many of us are often waiting to receive rather than to give. Yet for any relationship to work, there has to be both giving and receiving. If you often find yourself wondering why no one is giving you what you want, how about practicing giving to others first? The rest will follow.
Can you think of someone in your life who is in need of help or can benefit from your help? How can you extend your support to him/her? Read:
- Day 14: Acts of Kindness in Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program
- #Gratitude Challenge Day 9: Share Something You are Grateful For with Someone
- How To Have More Best Friends in Life: The Heartfelt Guide
19. Make a difference in someone’s life
Making a difference is more than doing a kind deed, though it can come as a result of a kind deed. When you make a difference in someone’s life, you change the person’s life for the better… permanently. What is the difference YOU want to make in others’ lives? How can you make that happen?
20. Be a mentor to someone
Teaching is one of the most rewarding things we can do. No matter how old you are, even if you are in your teens, you are always in the position to mentor someone else — perhaps someone who is more junior than you or someone who is older but can benefit from a particular expertise you have. Mentoring others is also a great way for you to develop yourself too.
Many communities are always looking for volunteer mentors, so check with your local community programs for such opportunities. At the same time, is there anyone you know who can benefit from being mentored by you? Extend your hand to help — who knows, it may well be what he/she needs at this moment!
21. Pursue your passion
Honestly, life is too short to be spent doing something you don’t love. This was why I quit my day job in September 2008 (right start at the start of the financial crisis no less) to pursue my passion to help others grow. I have never looked back ever since — for the past five years, I’ve been writing at Personal Excellence and helping people to grow. It has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done and I plan to do this for the rest of my life.
What is your passion? Is it to be an artist? To sing and perform? To be a life coach? To travel? To help other people to grow (same as my passion)? To be the best that you can be? How can you start pursuing it?
If you don’t know what your passion is, this exercise will help you to discover it: Discover Your Purpose in the Next 30 Minutes
Some people pursue their passion part time while some make it their careers (or even turn their passion into a business). I personally think that if something is your passion, then you should turn it into your life’s work, because that’s the most synergistic and rewarding path you can pursue. Contrary to common belief that pursuing your passion is at odds with being rich, you can pursue your passion and be financially abundant. I’m an example of this.
These articles document the early stages of my passion journey and will help you in yours:
- Passion or Money?
- How To Discover Your Ideal Career: Your Message and Your Medium
- Overcome Fear Of Loss And Pursue Your Dreams
- Pursuing Your Passion With No Money
- Passion Paycheck
22. Start your business
Entrepreneurship is fraught with uncertainty but it certainly is fun and rewarding! I started my personal development business in 2008 without knowledge of professional blogging or coaching and started earning more than my last corporate pay within my third year. By being smart, diligent, and persistent in your endeavor, there’s no reason why anyone shouldn’t succeed. Read:
- Ask Celes – Do You Think Everyone Can Be Successful in Starting Their Business?
- Successful Businesses Interview Series
- Million Dollar Tip Series
- The Passive Income System — My one-stop six-module course to create a passive income business and achieve financial freedom for life (24/7 premium program at Personal Excellence Courses)
23. Fly in a hot-air balloon
The view of the world as you float away in a hot-air balloon… spectacular. Once, I got to fly in a hot-air balloon while I was in Orange County in 2012… though that was just a stationary balloon ride that went up for a minute before coming back down. My next goal is to have a real hot-air balloon ride.
24. Sing to an audience
If you love singing, don’t keep your passion to yourself! The next time there is an event, offer to sing as one of the performance items. Singing shouldn’t be limited to when you are showering in the bathroom.
25. Do volunteer work
Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the world. As I mentioned in Day 4: Sign Up for Volunteer Work of the Kindness Challenge,
Volunteer work is one of the best ways to expose yourself to a new medium of helping other people. There are tons of volunteer work out there, from assisting the elderly at the old folks’ home, working with delinquent kids, being a mentor to kids at orphanages, helping out at animal shelters, beach cleanups, and so on.
Volunteer work doesn’t have to be some grandiose act. As long as you are offering a part of yourself pro bono to the world (be it in terms of skills, knowledge, time, effort, or money), you are in fact volunteering.
Some places to get started:
26. Befriend a stranger
Who says that there needs to be a reason to start a friendship? A connection can start anytime, anywhere, in any way. I have many great friendships that started off from the most random of situations.
Perhaps the most random one is with a near-stranger, whom I met once in college and did not speak to him for the next nine years (except once when we bumped into each other on the streets). One day, he was sorting through his phone contacts list, saw my name, and decided to message me. Fast forward today, and he is now my fiance.
Not saying that the next stranger you contact is going to be your romantic partner, but rather, that a great friendship can start in any way. Articles to get you started:
- 10 Useful Tips To Make New Friends
- Art of Conversing: Do You Meet these 10 Rules of a Great Conversationalist?
- Are You Keeping People Away with Your Body Language? 10 Tips to Improve Your Body Language
- How To Make Small Talk with *Anyone* in 5 Easy-Peasy Ways (Examples Included!)
27. Get a drink for a stranger
The next time you’re in Starbucks or a coffee place, don’t just get a drink for yourself — buy one for someone else. Once I was in Starbucks working on my laptop, and a stranger bought me an iced latte just to thank me for sharing a power point with him (which isn’t even my property to begin with). He left the cafe right after giving me the drink and left me with a very good feeling in my heart.
28. Walk barefoot in the rain
We are all used to following a “proper” conduct: to be clothed when we are out, to always wear shoes when we are outside the house, and to always use an umbrella when it’s raining (with good reason of course, so that we don’t catch a cold).
While all these make sense, how about breaking the “rules” for a change… and just walk barefoot the next time it rains? Feel the pavement, feel the earth, and feel the wet surface against your feet. Better yet, find someone to do this with you. Perhaps it will make you feel like a child again.
29. Run barefoot
It’s funny putting this as a bucket-list item, because I see barefoot running as a lifestyle activity — I’ve been running barefoot since 2010! Do you know that barefoot running improves your landing, gives you better posture, and creates less stress on your knees/feet/joints as compared to running with shoes? Don’t just take my word for it — try it for yourself.
30. Experience a sunrise/sunset
Sunset at Holland, Holland, Noordwijk. I was there on 21 June 2011 for a speech, and incidentally it was the Summer Solstice, the longest day in the year, then. The sunset lasted for a good few hours!
Sunrises and sunsets are some of the most beautiful gifts from mother nature. And the best thing? We get them free every day.
While I think a sunrise/sunset is beautiful in most places around the world, here are some of the best places to catch a sunrise/sunset:
- 21 Gorgeous Sunrises in the World
- The 25 Best Places To Watch The Sunset Around The World
- The World’s Best Sunset Spots
If you don’t wake up early, here’s why you should: Why I Wake Up Early (And 9 Reasons You Should Do So Too). Tips to start waking early: 21 Tips To Wake Up Early.
31. See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is a “natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetically charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere” (Wikipedia). A natural phenomenon, the northern lights is a magnificent sight to behold, which is why people from all around the world travel great distances just for a chance to witness this phenomenon.
The most popular places to see them are in Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, and Scotland, though it should be noted that sightings are never guaranteed due to the unpredictability of weather.
- About Northern Lights [Wiki]
- Northern Lights [Wikitravel]
- 10 Best Places To See The Northern Lights
- Where to go to see the Northern Lights
32. Witness a solar eclipse
A solar eclipse is an eclipse that happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, and the moon fully or partially blocks the Sun from our view.
As you may have learned during science class, the moon orbits around the earth while the earth orbits around the sun. Technically, if the Moon were in a perfectly circular orbit and in the same orbital plane, there would be total solar eclipses every single month. However, this isn’t so as the Moon’s orbit is tilted at more than 5 degrees to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The orbital planes of the earth’s and moon’s cross each year resulting in anywhere from two to five solar eclipses occurring each year. That means two to five opportunities for us to catch this natural phenomenon!!
According to Wiki, the phases of an eclipse can span over two hours while the total phase can only last up to 7.5 minutes for any one location. Please note that looking directly at the sun can lead to permanent eye damage, so please get a pair of CE Certified Safe Solar Eclipse Glasses before viewing a solar eclipse!!
- Solar eclipse [Wiki] — Information about this magical natural phenomenon
- Solar Eclipses for Beginners
- Dates of the next eclipses — Predictions on NASA Eclipse website and Wikipedia #Forthcoming solar eclipses
- CE Certified Safe Solar Eclipse Glasses [Amazon] — Go watch those eclipses with these glasses!!
33. Go stargazing
Isn’t it beautiful to gaze into a sky that’s filled with beautiful stars? I was once traveling in Cape Town, South Africa, where I lived beside the sea (with penguins and all, no less!!). I would get SO MESMERIZED by the beauty of the night sky every night. Unfortunately, this was only then as I live in Singapore. The light pollution here — or any major city for that matter — makes it difficult to admire these natural masses of burning gas that are trillions of miles away!
Here are some of the world’s best stargazing spots for you:
Fancy some astronomy lessons about stars?
- How are Stars Formed? [NASA]
- Constellations of the Night Sky: Famous Star Patterns Explained
- List of Stars by Constellation [Wiki]
34. Plant a tree and watch it grow
Do you know that some trees can grow up to several thousands of years old? Trees are one of the most important living beings on the planet. Not only do they clean our air by removing it of carbon dioxide — a major greenhouse gas – and provide us with oxygen (a gas we can’t live without), they cool the earth, prevent soil erosion, provide shelter from sun’s rays, and provide food. (Read: 22 Benefits of Trees.)
A tree takes about 10 to 20 years to grow depending on what it is, so plant a tree now, care for it, and watch it grow together with you!
35. Get a pet
Playing with Rocky, my British friend’s cat. He’s adorable, often jumping on your laptop keypad to grab your attention (and maybe because it’s warm)!
Aren’t pets the most adorable creatures in the world? I love animals but never saw the point of having a pet… after all, they take time, cost money, and are overall just a huge commitment!
However, when I was traveling in Europe and U.S. and staying with different hosts, I realized almost all of them have pets… and hanging out with their pets subsequently made me realize the beauty of having a pet. I still don’t have a pet because I don’t want to get a pet until I’m ready to commit to caring for a life for the next 15 years — and that’s something every aspiring pet owner should think about too before getting one!
36. Publish a book
Being a writer isn’t about having tip-top grammar and literary skills, though it’s important to write with good english. Being a writer is about having a message to share with the world. Prior to their hit series, J.K. Rowling (author of Harry Potter series) and Stephenie Meyers (author of Twilight series) were not professional writers — in fact, Meyer’s only professional work was as a receptionist in a property company!
What is a message that you are passionate about? What do you want to say to the world? When can you start writing your book?
Some books for your inspiration: Ask Celes – What Books Would You Recommend?
37. Do public speaking in front of 10,000 people
38. Throw a mega party
39. Get a complete makeover (change everything, from your hair style, hair color, image, clothes) and get a different look: one which you would never have thought of trying!
40. Learn wine appreciation
41. Join a social etiquette class and further refine your mannerisms
42. Be a matchmaker: Introduce your single friends to each other (the rest is up to them!)
43. Go on a blind date! (for the singles!)
44. Go for further education in a different field
45. Play a (new) musical instrument: Piano, Violin, Harmonica, Flute, Guitar, Drum, Trumpet
46. Win a lucky draw
47. Take up dancing: Salsa, Line dance, Tap dance, Tango, Ballroom dancing, etc
48. Learn a martial art (Check out: List of different martial arts on Wiki)
49. Go on a road trip
50. Go backpacking across at least 10 locations
51. Pack your bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary planned at all
53. Live in a different country for at least 6 months
54. Act in a film (self production or otherwise)
55. Get featured on TV/radio/print/newspapers for an achievement you are proud of
56. Knit a scarf
57. Create your dream home (Read: Does Your Room Inspire You?)
58. Whip up the best meal ever for your loved ones
59. Bake a cake for someone special
60. Go deep into the heart of Mother Nature. Go trekking in a rainforest; Camp out in the wilds; Walk in a valley; Visit a waterfall; Swim in an ocean; Walk in a valley
61. See snow (if you haven’t before)
62. Live through 4 seasons of the year – Spring, summer, autumn, winter
63. Read a book on a subject you’d never have thought of reading
64. Volunteer at a hospice
65. Fly a kite
66. Fall asleep on grassy plains
67. Contact the customer service (of a service provider you like) just to thank them for the great service
68. If you are a non-vegetarian, try out vegetarianism for 21 days and experience it for yourself
69. After that, try veganism
70. Followed by raw veganism. Then conclude which is the best diet for you.
71. Fold a 1,000 origami cranes and give them to someone special
73. Tell at least 10 people about your bucket list and encourage them to do the same
74. Go on a meditation retreat
75. Experience an OBE (out of body experience)
76. Start a social movement on a cause you believe in
77. Watch cherry blossoms in Japan
78. Get closure on all your hurt, grievances and unhappiness of the past
79. Bury the hatchet with all the enemies / people you had conflict with in the past or now
80. Organize a picnic outing
81. Do something completely crazy and out of character
82. Fly first class
83. Hit bullseye on a dartboard
84. Visit a volcano
85. Fly in a helicopter
86. Have dinner with someone you can only dream of meeting
87. Tell your parents (and siblings too if you have them) that you love them
88. Ride a roller coaster
89. Go on a cruise in the sea
90. Try out front-line customer service jobs such being a waiter/waitress for a month just for the experience
91. Fall in love
92. Be in love!
93. Get on a romantic getaway
94. Do a somersault
95. Visit a castle in England
96. Change the world
97. Help someone in need
99. See the Mona Lisa in Louvre (Paris)
100. Go to a costume party and dress up as your fantasy character
101. Gain enlightenment
More Bucket List Inspiration
Here are some sites you might want to check out for inspiration as you create your list:
Get Into Action!
After you finish your list, here’s what to do next:
- Start acting on them! Plan out the successful path toward these goals – For this, read my 7-part Successful Goal Achievement series.
- Be reminded of the list all the time. Use environmental reinforcement – put them up in a prominent spot where you will see them every day / very regularly. Put it in your life handbook, set it as your wallpaper, pin it on your noticeboard, print it out, stick it on your wardrobe/locker.
- Share them with your family and friends. Inspire them to create their own bucket lists too! This way, you also create accountability for yourself as you complete the items on your list.
- Don’t limit your list items to a certain definition. Sometimes opportunity present itself in a totally different manner. Keep your eyes peeled! The universe will start throwing things your way.
- Review your list regularly. Cross out the things after you do them. See if some of the items become irrelevant and if there are new things you want to add. Just as you finish the items, you’ll add new ones as they come along. There is absolutely no reason why your list should ever be empty. There is such an incredible wealth of things, events, activities, experiences to witness/go through in life that it’s impossible that you will ever be done with living. Likewise for me, I’m continuously completing and adding on new items that will help me live my life to the fullest, so my bucket list always has new items to accomplish.
Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] Bucket List: 101 Things To Do Before You Die
This is part of the Conscious Living series. Be sure to check out:
- 6 Important Reasons Why You Should Set Goals
- Are You Sleepwalking Your Life Away?
- Discover Your Real Life Purpose (7-part series)
- My Bucket List
- Day 27 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program: Create Your Bucket List
Other Articles in the 101 Series
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