The concept of the bucket list has been around for quite some time, but gained even more recognition with the 2007 film of the same name.

The concept of the bucket list is really the question: What do you want to do before you die? And, it is meant not to be morbid, but rather to take a good look at our lives, our dreams, and to take action. The concept is to truly really live your life while you still have it to live.

We see so many people choosing to have an end of life celebration instead of traditional funerals, we believe, for the same reason. Life is for living, really living. And our passing is a celebration of that lived life.

A popular quote that has been floating around social media says:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely, in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”

~Hunter S Thompson


When considering putting together a bucket list, the idea is to have fun with it. Consider the options as though time and money didn’t matter. Really dream. Take some time, and do the practice of creating your bucket list. Consider doing it with a group of friends or family. Hang it up to inspire you, and to continually add new things to it. Need some inspiration? Let these questions job your imagination:

Do you want to travel? Where?

Do you want to hit a specific health goal? Run a marathon? Be a triathlete?

Are you interested in learning something new? A new hobby? Job? Language? Skill?

Have you considered viewing something extraordinary? It could be the aurora borealis or the Olympics or humpback whales, or anything.

What adventure have you always considered? Theater? Sports? Comedy?

What talent did you “used to have” or always wanted to explore more?

What relationship needs some mending or strengthening?

Is there an act of service you always wanted to do?

No matter what things have made your bucket list, you can get started right away. It is not to say that you quit your job and travel or sell your car for a hot air balloon, but pick one and begin taking steps towards fulfilling that item. Celebrate the life you have been given to live. Share your experience with others- the inspiration is contagious!

We would love to hear your stories. What is on your bucket list? What have you already completed on it? How did really living make you feel? What else do you have to share about the topic of a bucket list?