Posted by: duranx4 | February 16, 2011

Bucket Lists????

Bucket Lists…What’s the Point?

Bucket List: A list of activities, adventures, and/or experiences a person desires to achieve before dying.

Just another “buzz” word as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never really understood the purpose of creating a “bucket” list. Call me Mrs. Negativity, but as far as I’m concerned, these lists cause more harm than good. In all reality, most “bucket” lists consist of extreme activities- like cliff diving; having a picnic on top of New Zealand’s beautiful mountains, over looking the grassy valleys where sheep peacefully graze; enjoying a glass of the finest wine from atop the Eiffel Tower on a starry night in Paris; and strolling the streets of Italy, hand-in-hand with the one you love. Get REAL!! A fingerless person could count on one hand the number of people who would ever accomplish a single one of these items on life’s grocery list. Talk about setting yourself up for disappointment!! Whatever happened to a thing called short-term goals?

Somewhere along the way, society has lost sight of reality and all practicality. We now teach our kids that they can do anything and be whatever they want in life….NOT TRUE! I am all for positive encouragement for our youth; however, let’s not lead them on to believe in the impossible. Not everyone is a winner, not every young boy will go on to become a professional athlete, not every young girl will live out her dreams on a Broadway stage; yet we fill young minds with delusional dreams of attaining perfection by encouraging them to create such lists that include the most inconceivable goals. To make matters worse, adults are paving the path to destruction that is filled with disappointment.

We create these “bucket” lists and allow them to take control over our lives, tricking ourselves into believing that we can actually achieve the outrageous successes listed on them. Granted, there are a handful of people who miraculously concur life’s obstacles and find success in accomplishing the goals on their “list”; however, most of these people have advantages that “normal” people are not privy to- such as extreme wealth or celebrity. In our efforts to check off our life’s to-do list, we lose sight of the things that matter most, and turn our focus on accomplishing goals that really don’t matter in the end.

I understand that “bucket” lists are meant to give hope when it seems like there is none, but why can’t we just be satisfied with knowing that our lives don’t have to be fanatical to be fantastic? I do have a list, but it does not contain extreme activities that I will, in all reality, probably never participate in. My list consists of short-term goals that will “accessorize” my life every day. I find success DAILY in doing this, rather than having to strive everyday to, in the end, be disappointed. Not to say that I wouldn’t love to be given the opportunity to travel the world or win the lottery, I just don’t EXPECT it.

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