Creating Your Bucket List
What do you want to do before you
Stop putting your dreams off for "some
day" . . . Take inspiration from the movie
"The Bucket List" look at some ideas to
get your creativity going.
Where to begin??
Time to brainstorm
Start by creating a preliminary
rough draft; you can always add,
delete, or modify as you go along.
 Baroque music, such as "The Four Seasons"
by Antonio Vivaldi and Pachelbel's canon have
been shown to slow brainwaves down to the
Alpha range, the brain frequency which has
been linked to increased creativity.
Do not criticize or evaluate what you write
down during the brainstorming process
you're trying to open yourself up to possibilities.
Write down whatever comes into your head, it doesn't matter
how wildly impractical the idea seems.
Basically, you're going to have to quiet your internal critic, that
little voice in your head that might be saying: "You can't do
that"; "That's silly"; "I can't afford that."
Push the limits on what you currently think is possible for you
and think outside the boundaries of your current life.
Don't stop at 100
write down as many things as come to your mind.
Later you can sift through the list you created and narrow it
down to 100.
Let All of Your Voices Out
All of us contain multiple inner voices. Use your
bucket list to let all of your voices out:
lover/the romantic
artist/the creative
Maybe you want to . . .
1. Write a script for a TV show
2. Do stand-up comedy
3. Write a children's book
4. Go camping
5. Ride a gondola in Venice
6. Learn how to salsa dance
7. Host Saturday Night Live
8. Visit a Renaissance fair
9. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
10. Witness a solar eclipse
"Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 3/4% guaranteed)." - Dr. Seuss
Are there any sports you want to try? Any
athletic milestones you want to reach?
Run a marathon.
Learn archery.
Learn to play golf.
Join a bowling league.
Become a triathlete.
Swim across the English Channel.
Learn to ski.
Go canoeing or kayaking.
Take horseback riding lessons.
Take up fishing (or fly fishing)
Learn how to ice skate (or figure skate)
Learn how to roller blade.
Learn to water ski
Learn to sail.
Learn to play tennis.
Try fencing.
Participate in the Tour de France.
"There are points to be scored, there are games to be won." Dr. Seuss
Would You Like to Learn a Foreign
28. Become fluent in French.
29. Learn conversational Spanish.
30. Learn to say "hello" in 50 languages.
31. Learn sign language.
32. Learn Mandarin.
33. Learn Latin.
34. Choose a country and learn not only the
language that is spoken there, but also study its
customs, its cuisine, its art, and its history.
Take Up A Martial Art
35. Karate
36. Kung Fu
37. JuJitsu
38. Tae Kwon Do
39. Judo
40. Aikido
Let the Music Out
41. Learn to play the piano.
42. Take signing lessons.
43. Learn to play the guitar.
44. Enroll in a belly dancing class.
45. Learn to tango.
46. Learn to yoddle.
47. Compose a song.
48. Release an album.
49. Join the church choir.
50. Learn to tap dance.
51. Learn to waltz.
52. Learn the foxtrot.
53. Form a band.
"Life is either a daring
adventure or nothing at all."
Helen Keller"
What adventures would you like to
go on?
54. Ride in a hot air balloon
55. Go paragliding
56. Go sky diving
57. Go on a helicopter ride
58. Go scuba diving
59. Go snorkeling in a shipwreck
60. Swim with sharks
61. Ride a mechanical bull
62. Climb Mt. Everest
63. Fire walking
64. Experience weightlessness
65. Go bungee jumping
66. Go white water rafting
67. Drive a race car
68. Dive in a submarine
69. Fly in a blimp
70. Go rock climbing
71. Learn to fly a plane
72. Go Zorbing!
Where do you want to go?
What places do you want to see?
You can choose where to go based on several
different factors:
Natural Wonders You Want to See
73. The Grand Canyon
74. Victoria Falls (between Zambia and
75. Iguazu Falls (between Brazil and
76. The Great Barrier Reef
77. The Galapagos Archipelago
78. The Northern Lights (the Aurora
79. The Fjords of Norway
80. The Amazon Rainforest
“There simply aren’t words to describe it.”
Activities You Want to
Participate In
81. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
82. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
83. Times Square on New Year's Day
84. Oktober Fest in Germany
85. See the Cherry Blossoms around the
Tidal Basin in Washington, DC in full
Monuments You Want to
86. The Basilica di San Marco, Venice
87. St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, Rome
88. The Acropolis in Greece
89. The Alhambra in Spain
90. Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
91. The Statues of Easter Island, Chile
92. Hagia Sophia, Turkey
93. Kiyomizu Temple in Japan
94. The Kremlin in Russia
95. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
96. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
"Piazza San Marco"
97. The Sydney Opera House, Australia
98. The Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, England
Cities You Want to See
99. Athens, Greece
100. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
101. Chicago, Illinois, USA
102. Beijing, China
103. Buenos Aires, Argentina
104. Berlin, Germany
Museums You Would Like to
105. El Prado in Madrid, Spain
106. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
107. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
108. The Louvre in Paris, France
109. Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, France
110. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA
111. The British Museum in London, England
112. The Tate Gallery in London, England
113. The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
"After Altamira, all is decadence" Pablo Picasso"
Maybe Prehistory is Your Thing
114. Visit the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France (this
cave complex contains some of the most remarkable
paleolithic cave paintings in the world).
115. Visit the caves of Altamira
located near Santilliana del
Mar in Cantabria, Northern Spain
(the paintings in these
caves are the most
exceptional evidence of Magdalénian culture--between
16,500 and 14,000 years ago--in southern Europe).
116. Visit the Chauvet Cave located in the Ardèche
département, southern France.
117. Visit the Seven New
Wonders of the World
The Seven New Wonders were revealed on July 7, 2007.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The Colisseum in Rome
Petra, Jordan
Christ Redeemer, Brazil
The Great Wall of China
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Taj Mahal, India
118. Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia
While staying in Dubrovnik in
1929, George Bernard Shaw
said: "If you want to see
heaven on earth, come to
119. Go to Disney World
120. See the Golden Gate Bridge in San
121. Go to the Pike Place Market in
122. See Mount Rushmore
123. See the Empire State Building
124. Climb up the Statue of Liberty
125. Go to Faneuil Hall Marketplace,
Boston, MA
126. Visit SeaWorld Florida, Orlando
127. Go to Universal Studios, Hollywood,
128. Visit Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
129. Visit all 50 of the United States
Take along a copy of John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie".
130. Ride the 10 Largest Roller
Coasters in the World
131. Ferris Wheels
Ride the world's largest Ferris Wheels.
"The London Eye",
"The Star of Nanchang"
"The Singapore Flyer”
Want More Ideas on Where to Go?
UNESCO's 851 World Heritage Sites
132. Go on a cruise!
133. Swim in the largest swimming pool in
the world, off the coast of Chile.
It's more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-foot deep
end, and holds 66 million gallons of water.
"There is fun to be done!" Dr. Seuss"
What hobbies have you always wanted
to take up?
134. Learn to juggle.
135. Learn to read tarot cards or rhunes
136. Learn how to use a pogo stick.
137. Learn to play chess.
138. Learn to play poker (or bridge).
139. Learn to play pool.
140. Take up photography.
141. Learn to make pottery.
142. Learn to sculpt.
143. Take up astronomy.
144. Learn astrology.
145. Fly kites.
146. Learn how to perform magic tricks.
147. Make mobiles (kinetic art)
"Life must be lived as play." -- Plato
More Hobbies to Consider
Adding to Your List
148. Build a village around a model train layout.
149. Construct furniture.
150. Do woodworking.
151. Make stained glass windows.
152. Learn to make candles.
153. Make models of cars, ships or airplanes.
154. Learn to brew beer or make wine.
155. Take up gourmet cooking.
156. Paint - watercolors, oil, acrylics.
157. Grow prize-winning roses.
158. Restore a classic car.
159. Learn to Draw
Grandma Moses
Have you always wanted to paint
but think it's too late to start now?
Grandma Moses, a self-taught artist from
upstate New York who first came to public
attention at the age of 80, created 1600 works
before her death at the age of 101.
Take Up a Craft
160. Beading
161. Calligraphy
162. Embroidery
163. Jewelry Making
164. Knitting
165. Quilting
166. Scrapbooking
167. Sewing
168. Crochet
169. Embroidery
170. Jewelry making
171. Paper Crafts (origami)
172. Quilting
173. Create mandalas.
Make a Separate List of "100 Books
to Read"
Should each of the books you want to read make it into your bucket
list? I don't think so: Make a separate list of 100 books you would
like to read.
However, you can include items such as "Read all of
Dostoevsky's novels" on your bucket list (#174).
You can also add "Read all 100 books on my reading
list" (#175).
Another idea: "Read every novel that has won a
Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction Category" (#176); or,
"Read the complete works of Shakespeare" (#177).
Some book humor:
"A classic is something everyone
wants to have read but no one
wants to read."
-- Mark Twain
Do you have any educational
aspirations you can include in
your bucket list?
"Education is
the most powerful weapon
which you can use to
change the world."
Nelson Mandela"
178. Finish high school
179. Get your GED
180. Get a college degree
181. Get a Masters
182. Get a PhD
183. Get into Med School
184. Pass the New York Bar
185. Get Certified as a Public Accountant
186. Get an MBA
187. Get Certified as a Financial Planner
188. Get into Harvard
189. Finish first in your class
190. Get into Juillard
191. Develop General Knowledge on Important Topics
What celebrities would you like to
192. Shake hands with Al Gore.
193. Meet Paris Hilton (or maybe party with Paris Hilton).
194. Meet David Beckham.
195. Meet Jennifer Lopez.
196. Meet the President of the United States.
197. Meet Hugh Hefner and the Girls Next Door (Holly, Bridget, and
198. Meet Sofia Loren.
199. Meet Prince William (and/or Prince Harry).
200. Meet Donald Trump (and/or Ivanka Trump).
201. Meet Al Pacino.
202. Meet Brad Pitt (and/or Angelina Jolie)
203. Meet Martha Stewart
Hit the Big Time!
204. Be interviewed on Oprah.
205. Be Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
206. Be interviewed by Larry King.
207. Be listed as one of People Magazine's "50 Most
Beautiful People"
208. Be on the cover of "Rolling Stone" Magazine
209. Have a street named after you.
210. Be one of CNN's Heroes (CNN's global search for
everyday people changing the world).
211. Win a Nobel Prize
212. Receive a knighthood (or a damehood) from the Queen
of England
213. Be elected to political office
214. Be inducted into a Hall of Fame
215. Be awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame
216. Enter the Guinness Book of World Records
What contributions would you
like to make?
217. Make a difference in at least one person's life.
218. Build a Habitat for Humanity Home.
219. Join the Peace Corps.
220. Donate a million dollars to a charity of my choice
(anonymously or not).
221. Make loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries
222. Join a Big Brother, Big Sister Program.
223. Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter.
224. Donate blood.
225. Donate clothes you no longer use to a
battered women's shelter.
226. Donate children's books to a hospital
near your home.
227. Mentor someone at work.
You Can Make A Difference in Just One Day
228. Go Green
- bring reusable bags (canvas bags) to all markets and stores
- unplug the toaster, the coffee maker, the stereo, the television,
and so on from the wall when not in use (standby power, also called vampire
power, refers to the electric power consumed by these appliances while they
are switched off or in a standby mode)
-- run the dishwasher only when it's full
-- buy organic and /or local food
-- grow potted herbs and tomatoes
-- use cloth napkins most of the time
-- use cloth dish towels (rather than paper towels) most of the time
-- use napkins and paper towels that are from recycled material (when not using
-- use toilet paper made from recycled material
-- walk to destinations whenever possible
-- drive less, make multi-purpose trips in car; drive using gas-saving tips
-- write on both sides of paper
-- conserve water
-- use the washing machine with full loads and line dry most of the laundry
-- buy energy star appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, and so on)
-- wash and reuse zip-loc bags
-- switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs
-- according to a recent study, when compared to hand washing, the benefit of using
a dishwasher it that it uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less
soap, for similar results
-- fix drippy faucets
-- opt for quality over quantity in everything you buy
-- cut down on clutter
"A Publisher will be lucky to
find me!"
229. Get your article published in
a magazine.
230. Write and publish a book.
For the uber ambitious: write a book that makes it to #1
on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
231. Make a documentary film.
232. Create an online art gallery of my art work.
233. Set up a comic art portfolio on Flickr.
234. Skills for men – Things Men Should Be Able
to Do-Esquire’s 75 Skills Every Man Should Master
A man can be expert in nothing, but he must be practiced in many
things. Skills. You don't have to master them all at once. You simply
have to collect and develop a certain number of skills as the years tick
235. For Women: Check Off Every Skill on
this List Esquire Magazine's "75 Skills Every Man Should
Master" is rather interesting, and I agree with the wisdom of men
acquiring almost all of the skills listed therein. After searching for a
similar list for women, and not finding any I particularly liked, I decided
to create one and post it on my blog. After much deliberation, I came
up with 75 skills I think would be useful for women to learn.
"Consciously seek out
experiences that
expand your sense of
who you are and what
you are capable of."
What would you like to audition
236. American idol
237. a role in a movie
238. a Broadway play
239. a sitcom
240. the Apprentice
241. to be an extra in a film
242. the lead part in your community theatre's
next play
243. a commercial
244. a rock band
The High Life
245. Shop at Harrods
246. Charter a yacht
247. Vacation at Martha's Vineyard
248. Spend a week at a 5-star spa
249. Shop in Rodeo Drive
250. Go to an auction at Christie's or Sotheby's
251. Have "High Tea" at the Plaza Hotel in New
York, or perhaps at Fortnum & Mason in London
252. Own a Rolls Royce or an Aston Martin
253. Become an art collector
254. Gamble at Monte Carlo, Monaco
255. Drive a Lamborghini
256. Sleep in a castle
257. Become a Wine Connoisseur
258. Invent something
(help make life easier for your fellow man).
259. Be an Artist of Life -Developing your creativity is one
of the best things you can do to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling
life. Fortunately, as most creativity experts hold - creativity is a process
that can be learned, practiced, and perfected.
How about the area of finances?
260. Become financially literate.
261. Create a financial strategy.
262. Invest in the stock market.
263. Create enough passive income so that I
don't have to work another day in my life.
264. Become a millionaire.
265. Create a trust fund for
my child.
266. Create a corporation to
protect my assets.
"Movies you'd like to see" go on a
separate list.
267. Watch the 100 movies on my "100 movies I want to see list".
268. Watch the 10 Greatest American Movies of all Time
(Ranked by the American Film Institute)
What would you like to achieve
in the area of love?
269. Find the love of my life.
270. Get married.
271. Go on that honeymoon that keeps
getting postponed.
272. Have a child.
273. Raise a happy and healthy child.
274. Create a home with an inviting,
joyous, comfortable, loving atmosphere.
275. Start my Own Business
276. Create a web site
277. Start a blog (have it get to the Technorati top 1000)
278. Create a YouTube video
279. Web achievements 101: Things to do before you die
"101 Things to Do Before You Die" on YouTube
Let's Not Forget the Animal
280. Swim with dolphins
281. Go whale-watching
282. See a platypus
283. See a koala bear
284. Visit the San Diego Zoo
285. Go on safari
286. Save a species from extinction.
287. Become a vegetarian
288. Adopt a pet from the animal shelter.
289. Milk a cow
290. Join "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals"
291. Ride a camel
292. See gorillas in the wild in Uganda
293. Mush a Dog Sled
294. Watch Turtles hatch and run for the ocean
295. Go bird watching in Panama.
"A home can be a sanctuary, a
place of healing and regeneration."
296. Build a Pond in Your Backyard
297. Grow Bonsai Trees
298. Grow Orchids
Your Dwelling: Where would you
like to live?
299. A ranch
300. A farmhouse
301. A penthouse on 5th Ave., New York
302. A house by the lake
303. A beach house
304. A house inspired by Japanese arquitecture
305. A Tuscan house
306. A Colonial House
307. A house with an inner courtyard
308. A house in the country
309. Create your perfect home
A. A rose covered gazebo in the backyard.
B. A fireplace.
C. A meditation room
D. A large kitchen with wooden floors
E. A breakfast nook
F. A sauna
G. A home office
H. A canopy bed
I. A terrace
J. A pool
K. A well-stocked pantry.
L. A guest bedroom.
M. A skylight in the bedroom.
N. A "great room" (living and dining room)
with high ceilings and a grand piano.
O. A wall mural in the hallway
P. A scented linen closet.
Q. A nursery.
R. A library filled with leather-bound books.
"I am convinced that a
calm, quiet and
harmonious interior can be
as beneficial to health as a
sensible diet and regular
Be a spectator at . . .
310. The Olympics
311. The World Cup
312. The Scala of Milan
313. An Armani fashion show
341 days to go
314. A Madonna concert
315. Wimbledon
316. A Pussy Cat Dolls Concert
317. Carnegie Hall
318. A Broadway Play
319. The Super Bowl
320. a session of the US Supreme Court
321. the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
322. TED Talks: an annual conference in California which
brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and
doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives
(in 18 minutes).
323. Become a squidoo lensmaster (maybe even a giant
For just one day you could…
324. Hide all the clocks in your house.
325. Tape a piece of paper over the TV screen
with all of your ideas for new shows.
326. Spend the whole day reading magazines.
327. Drink the sunset.
328. Stop worrying.
329. Be ridiculous.
330. Get in the bathtub with candles and slices
of mango and read a travel book; vicariously
travel with the author.
331. Plant pots and pots of brightly colored
332. Celebrate Life Every Day
There is more…
333. Visit the Wreckage of the
Titanic Aboard a Submarine
334. Travel to the Moon With
Virgin Galactic
335. Create a Photography Bucket List
Does the Spiritual Ring a Bell for
336. Meet the Dalai Lama and/or the Pope
337. Visit Tibet
338. Spend a week at a Silent Retreat
339. Experience bliss
340. Find inner peace
341. Learn to forgive
342. Do all the lessons in "A Course in Miracles"
343. Attend a Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony
344. Become a Reiki Master
345. Heal my past
346. Learn to live in the now
347. Take up yoga
348. Take up tai chi
349. Take up Qi Gong
350. Have a past life regression.
351. Learn to meditate
352. Become a Collector
A. Coins
B. Stamps
C. Russian Nesting Dolls
D. Sports Memorabilia
E. Snowglobes
F. Porcelain Dolls
G. Action Figures
H. Pez Dispensers
I. Comic Books
J. Matchboxes
K. Chess Sets
L. Mugs
M. Americana
N. Music Boxes
O. A demitasse collection
353. Write a letter to each of my
children telling them what I want
them to know about me and life
lessons based on my experience.
Things To Do Before You Die For
the Holidays
354. See the Radio City Christmas
355. Be invited to the Playboy Mansion's
annual Halloween Party
356. Go to a St. Patrick's Day Parade
357. Go to the White House Easter Egg Roll
358. Go to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
359. Dare to Follow Your Dream
The Last Lecture September 18, 2007
Randy Pausch
stepped in front of an audience of
400 people at
Carnegie Mellon University
to deliver a last lecture called
“Really Achieving Your
Childhood Dreams”
360. Take a 365-Day Challenge
Challenge yourself to perform some activity every single
day for 365 days straight.
Ideas for the activities you could add to your 365-day
A. Meditate for 20 minutes a day, every day.
B. Write in my journal every day.
C. Write down 5 things that I'm grateful for every day.
D. Learn a new word every day.
E. Read for 20 minutes every day.
F. Do some sort of light exercise, like walking, for 20 minutes
every day.
G. Go without watching television for 365 days straight.
H. Put a dollar away every single day for 365 days. At the
end of the 365 days, invest the money in the stock market.
Some Miscellaneous things You Might
Consider Adding to Your List
361. Ask for forgiveness from all of the
people I've hurt.
362. Adopt a child.
363. Every year from now on--on my
birthday--I will plant a tree.
364. Send my parents on their dream
365. Take a year off and live in the
366. Plant a herb garden.
367. Trace your ancestry.
So what do you do when you've
crossed off every item on your
bucket list?
1. Celebrate
2. Then create another one.
10 Questions to Ask Yourself When
Creating Your Bucket List:
 If you had a year left to live, what would you do?
 If you won the lottery, where would you go?
 What did you always want to do when you were a child?
 If you were lying on your deathbed, what would you most regret not having
 If you had an upcoming high school reunion, what would you like to be able
to tell your former classmates that you've accomplished?
 What do you need to have more of in your life?
 Who do you admire? Why?
 You're sitting with your grandchildren on your lap telling them about your
exploits. What stories are you telling them?
 You've died and are listening to your eulogy. What are your friends and
loved ones saying about you?
 If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask for?

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