You’re going to die. But you can do amazing things while you’re alive. Here are 9 awesome alternative bucket list ideas to do before you die.
You’ll have to excuse my morbidity. I don’t mean to bring up death. It’s often a lot more pleasant to just bury our heads in the sand and pretend that time isn’t slipping us by. But in truth it’s actually one hell of an advantage to be able to squarely face up to death.
We’re going to die.
Because we’re going to die, right now we need to live. And to live right now, we need to push ourselves to do amazing things.
That’s what a bucket list is all about, isn’t it? It’s about saying “Look. I know I’m going to die. But here’s a ton of amazing things I’m going to do while I’m alive”.
So what amazing things can we do?
Bucket list goals usually include such things as “Travel the world”, “Learn to play an instrument” and “Get married”. But I thought I’d take a different route. Like Robert Frost so delightfully said, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Sometimes the best thing to do is to take the alternate route, the path less travelled. That’s why I’ve decided to create this list for you, a list of 9 alternative bucket list goals.
So, before you put two feet in the grave, schedule in these alternative bucket list ideas.
- 1. Shatter your idea of the impossible
“Impossible” is just an idea in your mind. Is it possible to run a mile in under four minutes? Most people thought not, but Roger Bannister disagreed. He achieved the impossible back in 1984 when he ran a mile in 3 minutes 59 seconds. Is it possible to change human rights? Most people don’t think they can change make such an important change in the world. Martin Luther King disagreed, thank God.
Is it possible to beat cancer? Most people don’t think so. But scientists around the world are trying. And they might succeed. They might.
Here’s the point: Only those people who try to beat the impossible ever do so. You’ve got to try.
So the first bucket list goal is this: Take your self-made illusion of impossibility and shatter it.
- 2. Truly see the beauty in everyday life
Too many people don’t appreciate everyday life. We spend our time trying to make money so we can retire and live lavish lifestyles. Screw that. Honestly, screw it. Real life is beautiful. The challenge is beautiful. Sure it’s hard for a lot of us. Personally I often wonder where my money is going to come from and how I’ll get by. But I still love it. It’s a challenge, a beautiful challenge.
Bruce Lee said “Don’t ask for an easy life. Ask for the strength to endure a difficult one”.
Bruce Lee. Genius. As kickass in mind as in body.
Life is a struggle, but it’s a beautiful struggle. The days are made more real by their challenge, not by their ease.
See the beauty in real life and genuinely love this crazy experience we’re all going through.
- 3. Gain financial freedom
Life isn’t about money. But at the same time, it is difficult to live an amazing life without a degree of financial freedom.
Put it on your bucket list to make enough money to achieve the other things that you want to achieve.
Don’t make money for money’s sake, that’s empty and shallow. Make money so you can see and change the world. Now that’s a mentality you can bank on.
And if you happen to be able to make that money doing a job you love, then so much the better.
Personally I’m attempting to get there through my passion: writing. Not there yet. Got a long way to go. But I’ll get there. Mark my words.
4: Dedicate a good chunk of your life to society and other people
In my opinion, what truly matters at the end of the day isn’t what we take for ourselves but what we give to other people.
Think about the most important people throughout history: Ghandi, Martin Luther King JR, Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln… what makes them special isn’t the amount of money they had, their possessions, or anything like that. What makes them special is how much they gave to the world.
A life of value is a life that touches the hearts of others.
Dedicate a portion of your life to helping other people. It’s the most noble thing we can do.
5: Chronicle a year of your life
This bucket list goal is all about self reflection. If you’re a proactive extravert you might wonder just what exactly the point is in such a strict and self-focussed discipline. But long term journal keepers will tell you precisely how helpful a journal is. It raises self awareness, helps you to see the big picture, and helps you to maximise your productivity.
I’d like you to commit one year to your chronicle. Why a year? Because it’s a long enough term for you to truly see the benefits of keeping a journal. Plus, when you get to the end of the year and look back at everything you did, you will learn a ton about yourself. It will be a real eye-opener.
6: Spend a year doing charity work
One of the most valuable mental traits is a good perspective. Sadly, a lot of us get bogged down in our own lives. We start to think that our problems are worse than everyone else’s and that life isn’t fair for us.
That negative perspective is a killer. Conquer it.
The best way to change your perspective is to spend a year doing charity work. Whether you help out at the homeless shelter, help the World Wildlife Fun to save animals, or offer your assistance at a cancer ward, you’re going to change your perspective forever. And you’ll also do one of the most important and most rewardingt ings in the world: helping those in need.
7: Do 10 things that terrify you
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” said Neale Donald Walsh. The more you break through your fears the freer you will become. The trick is to routinely do things that terrify the hell out of you.
Hate approaching men or woman and asking for a date? Terrified of the idea of getting up in front of a group of people? Tremble in your boots at the prospect of hold a tarantula? Do it, do it, do it.
Fear puts the brakes on life. If you want to go full throttle you have to smash through fear. And you can only smash through fear by tackling it head on.
So here’s my suggestion to you: Go do one single thing, right now, that scares you. Go on. Go. Now. I’ll still be here.
And now you’ve conquered a fear.
8: Dedicate an hour a night towards your dreams for one year
We all dream of greater things. Hell I’ve been dreaming of becoming a famous author since I was what… 12? Something like that. Worked damn hard on it too. Still not there yet. But the point isn’t whether you make it or not.
The point is to embrace your dreams and live for them. Now you don’t have to be ass crazy as me and spend your hole life trying to make your dreams a reality. That often turns dreams to nightmares. But what you definitely can do is dedicate an hour a night towards your dreams. That’s just one hour.
And here’s what will happen should you do that: you’ll connect with a sense of infinite possibility. You’ll be excited everyday because, o lord, what if your reams actually come true! The sheer excitement will raise your energy and put a bounce in your step.
9: Tell every important person in your life that you love them
Well, here comes the soppy one. Now, I have a specific reason why I’m sharing this one with you. My father past away last year and I wish I had told him I love him more often. I did say it. And he knew. But there were arguments and there are regrets and I do wish I had told him I love him more often.
If someone truly matters to you, let them know. What’s the point in love if it’s not expressed?
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