Derived from kick the bucket (“to die”) + list; hence “list of things to do before you die”. Coined by screenwriter Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the 2007 film The Bucket List. Zackham had created his own list called “Justin’s List of Things to Do Before I Kick the Bucket” which he then shortened to “Justin’s Bucket List”.
The first item on his list was to have a screenplay produced at a major Hollywood studio.
After a time, it occurred to him that the notion of a Bucket List could itself be fodder for a film, so he wrote a screenplay about two dying men racing to complete their own Bucket Lists with the time they had left. From wiktionary.org
This is my list of things I want to do in life before I die.
“Nothing quite brings out the zest for life in a person like the thought of their impending death”
― Jhonen Vásquez,
How do you go about writing a Bucket List? I checked out Vanessa Van Edwards amazing compilation and used it as a launching pad for my list. There’s also some good advice and guidelines over at Personal Excellence with Celestine Chua – who happens to be a life coach. And then it comes down to taking a deep breath and actually writing it.
My bonus tip is to make it a part of your blog so you can add and edit it as you go along. Don’t forget above all this is an organic, live document and for something as important as literally a menu of your final wishes – nothing less than a blog would do of course!
Back in 2007, which is when the term bucket list was coined (according to the research) – I was actually ticking something off my own bucket list. I quit my job unexpectedly – my line manager looked at me with a cocked head like I was kidding, but I meant it.
“Nope, I’m not coming back – I’ve bought a business and I’m going to learn about business by running it!” I was quite confident despite having never been in business before. I had also just had my first child ten weeks earlier. It was one of those golden eras of my life – just before the global financial markets corrected (or crashed – depending on whose interpretation you follow). Within months interest rates had gone up by 50% and thnigs were really exciting.
My warehouse distribution business was bleeding to death from the challenge of the inetrnet and I was faced with wither jumping on board the internet or sitting on the sidelines as my business folded. I went online and saved my business by re-packaging it as an ecommerce website and, much leaner and more dynamic, I evolved into a laptop entrepreneurs.
Now, 2016, I am evolving again – as a personal coach, selling information products and writing content day after day. It’s like I have told my story over and again but I never get tired of typing it! This exercise in bucketlistology (just wait while I go check if the domain is available….) is powerful for me because I am resisting it and questioning it – sure signs there is something else going on, deep down inside me.
Ego Pops Up Again
I have struggled with a virulent ego since high school when I first became comfortable with the word as a nickname. In the last three years I have beaten my ego down patiently every morning with 75 minutes of yoga, and it has definitely made more a better person. I feel less haughty and more grounded and connected with myself and my body. But for me, ego is written all over a bucket list. It’s like big flashing neo signs about what you could afford or some amazing journey to get to the Inca ruins or diving to see the wreck of the Titanic.
My big ego things with the bucket lst is that my major motivating force for a long time was to remain