Turn Your Bucket List Into Reality


Many of us saw the movie when it came out a few years ago and perhaps you may be one of those people who walks around with a mental bucket list of things you would like to do before your number is up. How many times do we hear someone say, “I’d really love to ____  before I die.” But few of us ever “get real” about the fact that our time here is finite and there may be a lot we would like to do before that time comes.

With the start of a new year just around the corner, we can seize this opportunity to get started on the “rest our lives” right away. In the age of social media it may be easy to find ourselves leading virtual lives, instead of real ones. So, how can bridge the chasm between real and virtual? How can we use the success of social media to help us achieve our bucket list?

The first step is to write down a bucket list. Perhaps it can be stored on your smart phone where it’s handy to glance at. Looking often at the list is a great way to stay focused and motivated.

After you have started your list you may want to consider blogging about your journey to achievement. I know, I would be much more motivated to complete my own bucket list if I was reading about moms, just like me, who were working diligently to make their dreams come true. There are some great example of folks documenting their journeys to complete their bucket lists. Here is one mom who started a bucket list blog when her baby daughter was diagnosed with a terminal genetic diseases. Bucket List Blogger is a site maintained by a wife and mother who looks to not only take adventures, but serve others as she does so. As she says, “{My blog} is about my adventures as I try to get the most out of life, make a difference in the lives of others, and experience as many of my bucket list items as possible.”

You also may want to check out Life Listed, a site where those interested in living life to its fullest can join a community, share their adventures and get excited about completing their goals. A few of my favorite posts include “I Kissed Mandy Moore” and “Quitting My Job and Moving to Spain.” Life Listed, also offers readers a Happiness Audit, a great tool when determining what you want to put at the top of your bucket list.

Of course we can do more than blogging. We can share our triumphs, frustrations and encouragements with one another on Twitter. Our virtual friends can be great virtual cheerleaders!

And as we begin to check things off our list, it’s a great time to share photos on Pinterest. You could make a bucket list board or create boards for each adventure on the list. Or, as many women have done, you could make your Pinerest board your bucket list, filled with photos of places you would like to visit (100 Most Beautiful Places in the World) or exciting things you may like to do (swim with dolphins, going on a safari).

As well, we can use Foursquare to check in and share, live, when we are have arrived at one of our destination. Here is one user that used Foursquare to a make a list of the places he’s been and places he liked to go.

And of course Google+ and Facebook are perfect for sharing photos and stories and chatting about how your bucket list is transforming your life.

The possibilities of sharing and getting inspiration and support across social media are pretty astounding. Never has there been the potential for so much encouragement from moms worldwide.

Every experience we have from our bucket list helps broaden the definition of who we are. We begin to see ourselves not as static and similar, but unique, dynamic people who have the potential to seize the day and share it with those around us, even if they live half way around the world. So what are we waiting for? The new year is coming! It’s time to “get real” about the things that are most important to us and the adventures we would like to take. I invite you to take a moment and daydream, gaze out the window awhile and sip a cup of tea. There is no time like the present to get started on completing those unique and individual goals that may well be defining moments in life. Good luck fellow life travelers!

What do you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’?

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