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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Why You Should Put Your Bucket List on a 10 Year Plan



It’s no secret that I’ve always thought that I was going to die young (although I really REALLY hope that I grow old), because of that I made a bucket list in college and put it on a 10 year plan. Honestly, none of us know how long we’ll be around. To quote Gandalf, “it is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” We may not know how long we are going to be around, but we can decide how we are going to live while we are here, whether that be 5 years, 50 years, or 5 days. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and wonder what I could have done with it if I hadn’t been waiting for something to happen so that I could really live.

Given that, I think it’s important to sit down and really decide what is important to us. For me, it’s important to me to become that best person that I can and to take the best care of those around me that I can. So while the bucket list I made in college had things like, “Read 1000 books” or “Go Skydiving”, my bucket list today looks a little different. Now it has things like, “Get Brian working from home”, “Buy our own home”, “travel with my family”. Not that those other things aren’t things that you should want to do, but they’re not where my head is these days. I made that list thinking I might not ever get married or have children, to me that was what was important for me to do if I didn’t have those other things that I wanted (although, get married and have children was on the bucket list as well).

Putting your bucket list on a 10 year plan ensures that you are always working toward the things on your list. It makes you be more proactive, rather that hoping for a “someday” when you can do the things that you want. Not only that, but if you cross everything (or, even most of the things off), you can make a new list and enjoy even more.

I think we all want to be the kind of people that DO and don’t just DREAM. So make a list. Dream as big as you can. Then work to make it happen.

What’s on your bucket list? How can you make it happen in the next 10 years?


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