Why I love bucket lists

As you might already have guessed, I love bucket lists. I love creating them, I love keeping track of my goals, I love achieving my goals, and I love looking back at old bucket lists and see how much I’ve developed since.

I just finished my first year in Danish high school (gymnasium, takes 3 years) and looking back at my wishes for the year from last summer is really funny. I didn’t get everything done – but I did get a lot of other things done. Things that weren’t on my bucket list by the beginning of the school year but came during the year.

Bucket lists are reminders of what we want and I truly believe that our wishes and goals influence who we become. If so, your bucket list is also a reminder of your values and who you are. If you are interested in self-development it is especially important to be able to see where and when you changed over the year.

The thing is if you make a bucket list for the school year you will most likely change over the year. It is natural to change some habits and goals and for some people, their mentality can change completely in a few months. Don’t see this as a bad thing. Your values and goals will change over time and that doesn’t mean you don’t know yourself well enough to set the right goals.

If you experience a change in your wishes or goals, you should prioritise when the deadline for your bucket list approaches. If it no longer is important for you to get an ice cream at that specific shop or you turn vegan over the year you shouldn’t do it. The point of bucket lists is to remind yourself what you want to experience. If you don’t want it when the time comes you shouldn’t do it just because it is written on your list.

I haven’t been looking enough at my bucket list during the school year so I kind of forgot what I wanted to do. Therefore, I will highly suggest that you look at your bucket list every other day in order to remind yourself of the things you want to do or goals you want to achieve. It doesn’t work if you don’t use it.

Often it helps people to have their bucket list written on a physical piece of paper. It helps the brain remember it better and it will help you if you have it everywhere. In your calendar or journal or a place, you will be able to look at it often.

You can find inspiration to your bucket list everywhere. My tip is to create your bucket lists together with a close friend who knows you well and can come up with suggestions to your list. Also, if you tell your friends and family about it, they will very likely help you to get everything done. A bucket list is a list of things or experiences or goals that you think will improve your life. Good friends will help you improve your life – just like you want their lives to be improved by experiences.

There are apps where you can write your bucket list down but I suggest writing it on a piece of paper. That is how I like to do it at least. The only thing you will need is a piece of paper and a pen and you are ready to make your bucket list. It can be for the upcoming school year, summer vacation, before you turn 25 or something. Get creative!

Good luck with your bucket lists and remember that change isn’t always bad.

Do you also love bucket lists or do you plan on making one soon?

Stay happy, stay beautiful

– Ellie xoxo


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