Bucket Lists - Have or Have Not
Note- I am traveling and working from my phone. Please have mercy in my typos.
Many would argue that a life without goals is a wasted one. We constantly set achievements for ourselves, striving to make our dreams come to fruition. We attain some while others stay out of our reach.
Setting goals can range from the sensible to outlandish. It is up to the individual to asses the viability of a goal and if they will pursue it. A good goal-setting metric is the S.M.A.R.T approach, which encourages one to critically discern the potential for success by determining of a goal is 1) specific, 2) measurable, 3) attainable, 4)relevant, and 5) time bound.
Did I suck all of the fun if an idea of a bucket list yet? Good. I tend to take a measured approach to setting goals, so I don’t gravitate to listing some far off objectives or experiences to which I may not want to engage as my life progresses, especially since there is a major chance that they will be used by me (or someone else who may find it while rummaging through my effects after I’m buried) to conclude if my life was fulfilled based on how many-if any–of the listed items are checked off.
The concept having a bucket list became popular with the titular movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was an okay movie, except for the whole Freeman once again playing the role of the magical negro. The theme of a rich privileged low-key racist finding joy with their pet Black person is a common and tiresome theme in movies, but I digress.
Nicholson’s character is rich and broody. So, he does what a lot of rich, broody people do–traipse about with their money to “find themselves.” Of course, that is a great thing for members of the one-percent, but there are stark realities that may prevent the rest of us from having an achievable outlandish experience tracker.
Life has too many variables, financial obstacles, and responsibilities to warrant a capricious list that may prove hazardous to one’s outlook about the quality of their life despite not have done a bunch of stuff on a bucket list, which may contain things that may become obsolete or seem just silly as a person grows and matures.
We are beings subject to change, including our interests and desires. What may be a great bucket list entry at one stage of a person’s life may be implausible in another. I may have wanted to climb Kilimanjaro when I was twenty-eight. Twenty years later, I have more important things to do that will fulfill me as a person.
If a bucket list serves as a list of experiences a person wants to have before the end of their lives, I still have a difficult time considering drafting one. Instead of running around with a romantic ideal that I must do and see a bunch of things before I die, I would prefer to focus in worship and spiritual preparation for my demise.
I think I’ll just kick the bucket without putting a list in it.
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