Week 02 – Create a Bucket List

This week’s random number, as chosen by the random.org generator:

2013-01-08

And resolution 39 is … create a “bucket list”! (And shush to all of you who realise that the date above is for Tuesday not Monday, I forgot to take the fscking screenshot!). Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what one of those is, it’s basically a list of all the things you want to do before you die – i.e. kick the bucket – hence the name.

The emphasis of this task is to think about all the things you want to do in your life – places to go, sights to see, experiences to have, people to meet, things to achieve, and so forth – with the aim of then working on actually doing them. This intersects slightly with the resolutions on this site, but for the most part will be on a much grander scale, in both terms of the size of the goal and the length of time it’ll take to happen.

So why did I put this resolution on the list? Well, I must confess that this came from the original 26(ish) I lifted/borrowed/etc from the becauseisaidiwould site, so it wasn’t something I thought of completely on my own. However, that doesn’t make it any less of a task!

The real reason I decided on this one is that I’ve never been that good at deciding what I want out of life. My only real goal was to graduate with a degree in computer science, which I accomplished when I was 21. Since then, I’ve not really had any major drivers in my life to get me motivated, and so I’ve been coasting on and off ever since. OK, so I’m not a total waste-of-space drifter – I’ve got a career, family, etc, so my life isn’t bad by any means – but I lack any real sense of direction or purpose.

Therefore, what I hope to achieve with this bucket list is to work out what’s important to me, and how I could improve things to get to a point where I’m happy with what I’ve done with myself. I know this one won’t be easy, so expect my followup post to be posted right on the deadline – yes, I can procrastinate like no-one’s business 😉

However, since this is purely a speculative task, I need to set some success criteria in order to know whether I’ve met it or not. Given that I don’t have anything particular in mind for list items yet, I’m going to set a target of at least 3 of each of the following:

  • Places to go/see
  • People to meet
  • Things to learn
  • Experiences to have
  • Foods to try

This is of course just the minimum – I hope to be able to come up with more than just 3 of each! I’ll also do a bit of research in reading the bucket lists created by other people, to both inspire me and to give an idea as to the scale/scope of each item.

Time to start thinking!

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