Bucket list means (is) something different to everyone. It’s a personal list that few people besides the creator will understand. For example, someone may have on their list to skydive – me – um no thank you. But I’ll have a doughnut with you while we discuss why you want to do this crazy thing.
People also use the list for different things – a place to write their dreams, a place to list their goals, or a ‘just want to do this stuff’ list. Because a bucket list has so many meanings/purposes the way a person goes about making and achieving it varies widely.
In my current work in progress, Ava, my heroine is bucket list driven. It’s always evolving to reflect where she is in her life. She was accepted into a dance troupe right out of high school so she left her home town chasing her dream of the time. But she knew her career in dancing was a short term thing so as the story begins, she finds herself back home (returning to take of her mom after an accident) and reinventing her bucket list.
Ava isn’t bitter. She lived that dream and experienced it to the fullest but she is struggling to determine what goes on the bucket list now.
I’m like Ava in many ways (well, except I wasn’t a dancer, I love doughnuts and she hates them, I didn’t return home to take care of mom and fall in love with a possible killer but besides those few things, we’re clones J) my list has changed many times throughout my life.
“Everyone needs a dream. Something that makes them get up in the morning and run five miles. Something that helps define them. Currently, I’m lacking that. So I’m no more than a robot moving through life.” This is Ava explanation of where she currently is in life. But she isn’t willing to just ‘be.’
|Ava was an awesome dancer but not so much skating.|
A bucket list is all about trying new things :-)
I think that’s the key to a ‘good’ bucket/dream/goal list. It keeps you moving.
What are some of the things you have on your list? Do you dream big? Or do you use it for daily motivation?