If you look at the top bar of this blog, you will see that there’s a tab that’s called “Life List“. Well, it has the same meaning as bucket list, but I refuse to say the word. Every time someone asks me what is my bucket list, I always respond “well, what I want to do in life is …..”.
I don’t have a problem with people using the word “bucket list”, but I just personally find the term too negative. It is as if we’re counting down to the day we die. We focus too much about the future and rarely the present. Why do we anticipate death and not celebrate life at the moment?
I am not in denial of death because it’s impossible to avoid, but I want to put the focus back on life and the present moment. At least for me, when I think of a bucket list, I think of the future; things that I have to do before I die, and it seems so far away. I am 21 now, and honestly, life has gone by so quickly. I still remember the day that I graduated from high school and in less than 5 months I will be out of college.
I created a list called “things to do before I graduate from college” in my freshmen year. Guess how many check marks I had. Not many, only three to be exact. Why? because I thought that I had 4 years to complete it. I thought that graduation was so far away and that I had plenty of time to do what I wanted to do. I checked off 3 things over the span of 3 years, and that showed me how lacking on life I was.
I now want to challenge myself to do at least one cool thing EVERY WEEKEND. That’s why I started this blog. I also call my “to do list” the “Life List” because life is right now and I don’t need a deadline for it. It’s not about what I have to do, but what I want to do. If I do at least one cool thing every weekend and live for 70 years, that’s almost 4000 cool things! Forget about making a list, that’s too many.
Death will come eventually maybe tomorrow, maybe in 10, 20, 30, 80 years, but I neither know that nor have control over it. Life list is about now. What can I do now when I’m still alive.
If you were wondering what is on my life list at the moment, here it is. What do you think about the terms Life List and Bucket list? I don’t think that there’s any right or wrong answer because they are just terms. To me a Life List helps psychologically and just sounds more positive.