I find it ironic that just a couple of weeks ago I had a “bucket lists” discussion with a co-worker. I patiently explained my theories to him, but I do not think he agreed with me. See, I have always thought that bucket lists were silly. First, when it was time for me to die the last thing I would be thinking was “Man, I wished I had gone sky diving”. I would be thinking about my family and friends. Second, when I had passed away, I don’t think I would care about the things I had not done on a stupid list. I would be more concerned about what was going on in the after-life.
Now, I know I was wrong. In today’s society we have the wrong idea about what a bucket list is. Since the name of the list is said to have come from the term “kick the bucket”, we have defined the bucket list as a list of things to do before you kick the bucket. It is about a list of things to do, but it is a list of things to do while you are living.
Bucket lists are not about regrets or dying. They are about living life to the fullest. They are about getting as much out of life as you possibly can. Sure, Heaven will be fantastic someday, but God gave us a wonderful world that is full of beauty, and he wants us to enjoy every bit of it. He instilled preferences, likes, and interests into us humans so that we could choose the parts of this world that we would love the most. He gave us family and friends to share these things with.
That is what a bucket list is for. It is not about the things that you want to do before you die. It is about the things you want to do now to enjoy this wonderful world God has given us. A bucket list should be full of experiences you can share with family and friends. It should include things that make you a better person and help you enjoy the time you have here. It is about leaving this world a better place.
I found a wonderful website, bucketlist.org, where you can post your bucket list, share it with others, and mark items as you complete them. I started my own bucket list and I challenge you to do so, also. As Tim McGraw says we should all “live like you were dying”. If you do not know the lyrics to this song, I highly advise you to read them. It actually has some very good advice. Good night everyone.