I first read about making a bucket list in You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel and I knew I didn’t want to put any material objects on it, like ‘own a house’. I mean, the definition of a bucket list is “a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime“.
But I didn’t know what to put on it. When I read that book, I was about to give birth to my second child and was only really worried about surviving the delivery and first couple of crazy months with an infant. My scope of the future was short and incredibly honed in on caring for the new life in my world. I couldn’t think about any unrelated dreams even though I tried. It was kinda depressing, actually. Crazy hormones.
My son Wolfy is nearly 6 months old now and I’m in a much more stable place. So when I saw this post by Jessica, the Minimal Student, I was incredibly inspired. I was reminded of my previous adventures when I saw I had already achieved some of the things on her list. And I was reminded of a bunch of other things I still to accomplish, even while raising children.
Seeing her list unearthed a heap of possibilities for what I want to do with the rest of my life. I think it’s great that she’s shared her list with the world. It inspired and energized me. And right now, my own list’s format is pretty heavily influenced by Jessica’s list. I assure you, this imitation is a sincere form of flattery.
To continue spreading the joy of wonder, adventure, and achievement, I am going to share my bucket list, too — check it out here!