Are bucket lists helpful?

My bucket list looks something like this:

  • Write a feature story for Country Style
  • Visit every country in the world ( 26 / 195)
  • Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Build a tiny house
  • Live on the land (again/as an adult)
  • Go on a safari in Africa
  • Backpack around South America

But recently I read an article by Leo Babuta about the Anti-Bucket List and it did get me thinking.

Leo says

Life isn’t a big todo list, nor is it about optimizing all the things we do in life.

The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don’t have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life.

If I look back at my bucket list, how many of those things have I wanted to do for several years (quite a few), but how many of them will I realistically get to do? If I continued to live my life in the same way I have for the past ten years, the chance of ticking them off in the next ten is hugely unlikely. We all know the definition of insanity, we know that we can’t change things without changing ourselves first.

If you want to make change in your life, I encourage you to consider it carefully. If you create a bucket list that you will never achieve, you will wake up one day depressed and anxious for a life you could have had. It’s certainly never too late to change course and enjoy what’s right in front of you.

P.S. If you want some inspiration about how to live differently, read this.

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