The “Bucket List” Trap


Many years ago, when telephones were in use in the United States but had not yet made it to Europe, a French philosopher came to stay with an American friend. The American spent some time, interrupted by several phone calls, explaining how the new invention worked. The Frenchman simply replied, “Ah, now I see. It rings and you come running.”

I have a similar feeling when friends tell me about their “Bucket list”, the list of things to accomplish before you die. In some cases they have recited the same list to me for ten years without taking a single step toward any of their goals.

Ten. Years.

So now when I hear “bucket list” I think “Stuff you kinda want to do but have no desire to actually get done.”

Don’t let this happen. Don’t let “someday” be the prison that holds your dreams captive. Go. Do epic shit. And more importantly, do epic shit NOW.

Some of the items that I want to achieve are beyond my grasp at the moment. I need to run a qualifying race. I can’t afford to fly halfway around the world for one event. I am not entirely certain I CAN run 100 miles before my feet fall off.

But I take steps in the right direction. I find and sign up for the qualifying races. I put in the effort to train. I save up the money however I can. I find ways to piggyback travel destinations, and schedule trips accordingly. I know I am going to Japan again, so another $400 will take me from Tokyo to Melbourne.

Don’t put off what you want to do. Enjoy every day that is given to you. Do epic shit that pushes you toward even more epic shit. Take the first step. Today. Now.

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”

― Michael Landon Jr.

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