The Ultimate Bucket List Instruction Guide

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The Ultimate Bucket List Instruction Guide

By Andy Asher


Not Always About Reliving Your Glory Days

A bucket list doesn’t have to be full of things that send you jet-setting around the world, scaling rock walls, putting on a pair of roller skates to relive the glory days of your youth, or learning to speak a foreign language. A bucket list isn’t supposed to be about remaking you, but rather enhancing the you that is already there.

From the head and from the heart

Your guide to making and achieving your bucket list…dream list…goals journal…reinvention plan…or whatever else you might want to call it starts in two places, your head and your heart, hopefully in equal proportions.

Time to Make Some Decisions

  1. How to decide what to put on your list
  2. How to make your list one that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of your life
  3. How to think outside the box and dream big without setting yourself up for failure
  4. How to live out your dreams without living outside your means.

Discoveries You Will Make On Your Journey

  1. Discover these lists aren’t just about doing and achieving, but also about being and realizations
  2. Discover that these lists are just about the WOW factor
  3. Discover that these lists are meant to reduce stress…not cause it
  4. Discover that these lists aren’t about seeing how far you can go, but rather taking you as far as you want to go

As individual and unique as YOU are

A bucket list, by definition, is a list of activities, experiences, and goals a person wants to experience or achieve before they die. But I’m here to say that beating death to the ‘finish line’ shouldn’t be the sole or even the primary purpose behind making and completing such a list. Instead, what I believe is that the number-one reason for making and completing a bucket list should be personal fulfillment. A bucket list is supposed to be about living…not dying.

The other essential fact you need to know about a bucket list is that it should be as individual and unique as you are. It can (and should) consist of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual goals. You can even have separate lists for each. It’s up to you because it’s your list…it’s your life.

I want you to take a minute to look around your neighborhood. What do you see? Houses, right? Depending on the type of neighborhood you live in, the exterior of the houses in your neighborhood may be very similar in appearance, but even if this is true, no two are exactly alike, are they?

What’s more, when you step inside, the differences become even more numerous and obvious. Oh, they all have bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, and so forth, but the furnishings, color schemes, and even the atmospheres of each house in your neighborhood have its own unique persona. So while they are all houses with people living in them, each house’s occupants are living life differently than you are.

The point I want to make here is that just like no two houses are alike, no two people’s lives are just alike so no two people’s bucket lists should look alike either. The only common thread running through them should be that they are a list your life’s goals and dreams—a list made out of a commitment to make those goals and dreams become a reality.

Andy AsherAndy Asher – Editor  Andy handles the day to day tasks of maintaining the multiple platforms that compromise Bloomer Boomer. It’s a passion that started with a neighborhood newspaper and progressed through college and a career in broadcast journalism.   The audience focus of Bloomer Boomer was largely from the influence of his physician father who later in life specialized Gerontology where Andy could see the great need for a thought-leading publication for people over 50.





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