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Collect Experiences Not Things | Top 25 Bucket List Ideas

Out of Your Comfort Zone

Having a bucket list is like a gym membership after New Years. Everyone is excited to have one but the moment it’s time to do the work the novelty wears off. You have to admit to yourself that sitting at home watching Netflix is not satisfying enough and deep down inside of you is a wanderlust or someone who simply wants more. It’s a lot to realize that all of this time you’ve been happy and content about the simplest things and you’ve haven’t even experienced the real good stuff yet. So you grab a pen and paper and write down that you want to go zip lining and it feels so good to see it and not just think it. Then you continue with your list mentioning a Broadway show and it seems realistic enough that it really gets you thinking. Next thing you know you’re imagining yourself riding an elephant is some beautiful country in southeast Asia and at that moment things get scary. Writing out a bucket list doesn’t seem so fun anymore. But scary is good! It means that you’re thinking outside of your comfort zone. If you didn’t already know it, everything worthwhile is right outside your comfort zone.

 

I wrote my first bucket list maybe 5 years ago. Ninety percent of that list wasn’t in my budget but of course that didn’t matter. I was barely 20, a little naive and as far as I was concerned I’d be able to travel to Spain for La Tomatina, float in the Dead Sea, and complete a 5k with no problems. That’s the thing about being young, you still dream fearlessly and nothing seems unattainable. Over the years I misplaced that bucket list but I never lost the need to check off those items. Yeah, I’m still young but for every year that passes on the couch binge watching another drama series doubt starts to set in. Will I ever get around to seeing Santorini and ice skating or will motherhood and contentment keep me comfortable?

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Santorini, Greece

Collect Experiences and Not Things

The thing is I realized those are just excuses. Motherhood, getting older, being too tired.. they’re all excuses. When you want something you go for it and do whatever it takes to achieve it. And a bucket list isn’t just some cute thing to write down and talk about. If I didn’t actually want to accomplish my goals they wouldn’t have been thoughts I thought deserved to be written down. There’s this saying that goes “collect experiences and not things.” I love this saying because, how often do we spend money and have nothing to show for it. But, when you experience things you’ll always have those memories and stories to repeat forever until someone begs you to stop telling it.

 

Top 25 Bucket List Items

Here is the top twenty-five things I want to do before I die.

  1. Go Ice Skating
  2. Attend Fashion Week Events
  3. Go Wine Tasting
  4. See a Broadway Musical
  5. Go on a Road Trip
  6. Attend a Formal Ball
  7. Visit Italy, Greece, Australia, Japan, Cuba, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Jordan & India
  8. Color Run
  9. Go on a Retreat
  10. Take a Cooking Class
  11. Go Zip Lining
  12. Start a nonprofit
  13. Become a Yogi
  14. Go to the Superbowl
  15. Write a Book
  16. Go to Mardi Gras
  17. Visit every major city in the United States
  18. Have a small acting role
  19. Sit in the studio  audience of a show
  20. Start a Garden
  21. Go on Royal Caribbean’s  Harmony of the Seas
  22. Go Rock Climbing
  23. Experience an Escape Room
  24. Have a Spa Day
  25. Go to a Boxing Matching

What’s on Your Bucket List?

8 thoughts on “Collect Experiences Not Things | Top 25 Bucket List Ideas”

  1. Seriously though…I’ve always wanted to create a bucket list, but I’ve never sat down to actually write some of the things I want to do on paper. There are definitely things I want to do but I think writing them down on paper makes them more real…and scary, like you describe it here. I’m doing them (going on a cruise was one, going to the West coast was another) but I hope to have one written up within the next 7 months (after wedding planning is done)! 🙂

  2. Hey Shanae,
    Great Article! I love when I read people writing out their bucket lists! But don’t make the mistake I initially did. I wrote out part of mine in 2009 in an actual mead notebook but then hid it under my bed until I found it in 2013! It was then that I realized that writing it out is good but then you have to take action before you run out of time!
    I have been actively pursuing my 200+ items ever since & have never been happier!
    So in terms of your list, did you know you can kill two birds with one stone: #6 Attend a Formal Ball & #16 Go to Mardi Gras!!!
    In New Orleans we have (I live in New Orleans) Mardi Gras balls where men wear tuxedos and women wear full ball gowns and attend special invite only parties to hotel ball rooms or even the Superdome and the Mardi Gras Krewes put on a full on ball with pageantry with all the krewe royalty wearing their royal costumes presenting themselves to the krewe and ruling over the court. Then there is an all out party to the wee hours of the morning!
    Then you go out to the Mardi Gras Parades since it all tends to be around Mardi Gras!
    See, 2 Birds! So get down here next February!!!

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