What is a bucket list? Well, according to wiki it is:
- A list of activities someone wants to do before he or she dies is often called a bucket list, because it is a list of things a person wants to do before he or she “kicks the bucket.”
The phrase was made popular by the film of the same name: Complete strangers – Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman – are shoved together when fate lands them in the same hospital room. The men find they have two things in common: a need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives, and a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die. Against their doctor’s advice, the men leave the hospital and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Why am I writing about this you could well ask yourself… And it’s a good question. Well, I came across this bucket list from Zoe Homes recently and it got me thinking about what’s on my own personal ‘to-do’ list.
But before we get to that I need to set the scene for you: Years ago I worked with a girl called Tracy – we’d occasionally go out, have a glass of vino and set the world to rights. When she talked about each of the areas in her life she likened it to bank accounts. (She worked in Finance.) Each of her bank accounts had a certain personal value to her; a few might have serious money in them – lots of zeroes at the end etc. – a few others would have respectable balances, and a few might be in the red.
Think about it for a second: Your career account might be going fabulously, but your health account is overdrawn—you’re not eating well, you’re not getting your eight hours sleep, and just not being kind to yourself. Or perhaps you’re as fit as a butcher’s dog, but your love life account has gone into decline as you’re not getting any quality time with your family.
The nirvana should be to get them all in the black – right? Realistically that’s never going to happen – what’s important is that they balance. To be overdrawn in all of them would be bad.
I used the bank account analogy years ago to try and work out what was important to me. Strangely finances kept coming down the bottom of the list. For some money can buy fripperies, luxuries, and shiny things that instantly gratify, however for me the flip side is that money doesn’t buy you self-respect, peace of mind, good relationships, health, love and long term happiness.
What I do believe is important is personal wealth. From my experience people that have good relationships, their health, and make sure that they enjoy their lives are the ones that have a positive impact on those around them. These people make sure that they are happy, and by doing that it proactively influences the people around them – that way everyone is happy.
Personal wealth to me is many things: Health, happiness, memories, friends, laughter, exercise, food, my morning stomp into the office. And much much more. Is a walking holiday on your bucket list? It should be. Take some time for you and make a plan to go and explore our amazing countryside.