The BUCKET LIST

WHAT EXACTLY IS A ‘BUCKET LIST’?

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I always thought that sounded like such a silly thing. Where did they come up with ‘bucket list’ anyway?

The most likely related is of course linking it to the movie, The Bucket List, in which two men escape from the cancer ward and set off to do some things on their ‘Bucket List’ before they die. (Great movie!) However, they say it started before that.

Wikipedia lists a number of other ‘bucket metaphors’ in computing. A bucket, also a bin, is sometimes a buffer, or place to discretely distribute data, and can be of fixed size. (That sounds boring so lets ‘kick’ that one out!)

But then I still wondered…where did bucket list come from? Well it’s mentioned on various sites that it is linked to the term ‘kick the bucket’, when one ‘dies’. So then my sanguine mind is thinking…where did ‘kick the bucket’ come from’? So here it is:

The term ‘kick the bucket’ is believed to have originated from the 16th century when people hanged themselves by standing on a bucket with a rope around their neck and then kicking the bucket away. The wooden frame that was used to hang animals up by their feet for slaughter was also called a bucket. So all that eventually led us to the BUCKET LIST…making a list of things to do before we ‘kick the bucket’! Not exactly a bright subject, but glad something constructive came from it!

So, with that being said, we talked about setting goals on my last (first) blog and now it brings us to the BUCKET LIST. Have you ever made one?

I have mentally made them in my mind. This year I started writing my first Bucket List. I feel so ‘on track’ with it. I have already crossed out two things! Starting a blog and having family pictures taken outside in the snow! (I know it sounds kind of dorky but this is my blog and my story)

So while combining the task of setting goals and making a bucket list this past week, I realized today that it was easier to make a bucket list first and then set the goals! So if you are having a difficult time setting your goals this year…make a bucket list first! It seems there is so much less stress listing all the fun and serious things attached to a bucket list.

I coach with a few people in our leadership group and tonight as I was guiding one of our members through setting her goals, it was amazing how much easier it was when you have a bucket list first! And she had a bucket list for her personal life and a bucket list for her business. I loved it! It was so much easier to just review the list and pick off the five most important from each list that we needed to start with! And it was actually fun! (Although choosing exercise as one of her top five personal goals was not so fun) We did successfully complete her goals and she is off to a fast start!

So one more thing about the bucket list…keep it fun and simple! Do a few bucket lists! Base them on the different seasons (winter, summer, etc) or hobbies (photography pics I want to take this year, foods I want to cook/bake/eat, etc) business or personal, individual or family…there are so many ways. So have fun with it and don’t forget to pick out the really important ones and attach a date to them…making them a goal!

Happy Bucket Listing!

Because of HIM…
Brenda

7 thoughts on “The BUCKET LIST

  1. Loving this blog of yours! It is full of interesting and wonderful thoughts and ideas. Working on my goals, now that you have inspired me, and will add some things to a “bucket list”. I agree with your thoughts on the name “bucket list”, seems kind of sad to me….so I call mine a “Life List”. Thanks – Sheri

  2. Brenda..Thank you for sharing with us your words on successfully executing our bucket and giving everyone hope in this new year..

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