The bucket list: “The must-have experienced”

What is a bucket list, do you know ? I do know clearly. While ago I watched the movie “The Bucket List”. In this film, two men learn that they have only 6 months to live. A shock, as you surely can imagine.

One of them told a history professor, to give homework to create a bucket list with things that they wanted to do before they die.

The two men (actors; Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) decided to work through this list to do all the crazy things that they have always wished for. 

Do you also have such a “bucket list”? A list of things you want to do in your life? Yes, it sounds crazy, but do you even really realize that our time here is limited.

I created my bucket list as if I was living the last days of my life. What thoughts were going through my head? What was I’d be afraid? What would I regret? What would be important to me at the moment?

In today’s world, our brain has almost resigned to go work up in the morning and becomes exhausted in the evening. We forget what it means to live. You should make a bucket list of all the things that you want to do and the things that you would regret if you can’t do before death. Write it down and do these things.

We have only 18,000 days!

On average, we live only 27,000 days. We sleep for 9000 days. That means we have only 18,000 days here on earth.

Only 18,000 days! It is our choice what to do within the time that we have been given.

I mean, life has so many things to offer. So many beautiful things about which one can look forward to. Nevertheless, 95% of people throw their lives away literally. You whine about the weather. Think of the good old times when everything was better. They still depend on the ex-partner. Any one you talk to about their life says the cliché, “Eventually everything will get better, and I just have to persevere.”

This redemptive day will never come. No one will solve our problems. No partner can make us happy. Only we ourselves can make us happy.

All must decide for their own lifes: Do I want to use these 18,000 days and enjoy most of it? Or I want to do nothing, and continue to dream of my life? Will continue to whine around so upset about the unfair life and give all blame others?

This decision is left to each.

If I were older, I would like to remember the wonderful pictures and memories in my life. But not now! Now it’s time to create these images and memories! And that explains best the question: what is a bucket list and why we need it?

What people repent just before death?

It really is shocking how little people do the things that they have always wanted to do. 40 or even 50 years same job and at the end you wonder, “Oops, What I have actually done all my life? I still want to experience so many things. ”

The Australian Bronnie Ware wrote a book about what people generally repent just before death. She has found that there are very often the same reasons.

  1. I wish I had a life more like me, not living like others have expected of me.

  2. I wish I had not worked so much.

  3. I wish I had had the courage to express my true feelings.

  4. I wish I could have maintained more contact with my friends.

  5. I wish I had granted myself more fortunate.


Begin to live your dreams. Do what you want to do. Do not listen to society or other people in order  to accomplish your dreams. Do not do anything you do not want to do. It’s just stupid to do something that is not fun for you. It’s just sad when we have wasted 30, 40 or even 50 years on it.

Some say “Yes, but that’s totally unrealistic to work on a bucket list, this is all just daydreaming”. At first glance, perhaps. When the bucket list is written all to do is to make a plan for how you want to work through the bucket list. Most excuses are financial.

If something is really important in life, then find a way!

In the second part of this article I will give you a bucket list of 100 things that could possibly be on your bucket list. Be curious!

Carpe Diem! Seize the day and enjoy your life!