It’s never too early to start thinking about your retirement and what you want to accomplish.
A bucket list is defined as a list of things you want to do before you die. This concept was depicted in the 2007 motion picture “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The film followed two aging men who wanted to do everything they wanted before they perished.
The successful film has prompted numerous seniors and retirees to start making their own bucket list. However, if you’re a millennial, you shouldn’t necessarily wait until your autumn and winter years to start making a bucket list. As soon as you graduate from school and you get a job, carry a book with you everywhere you go and every time you say to yourself, “I want to do this,” write it down on the bucket list.
In 30 to 40 years, you can look back at the bucket list and start to check off each item to achieve. Perhaps you could even start to perform each desire and wish before you reach your retirement, but if it can’t be done until your 50s, 60s or 70s then it’s completely understandable.
Of course, as the years go by, your interests change and wane, but most of what you want to do transcend all generations, whether it’s traveling around the world, learning a new language, playing an instrument or helping others anonymous without expecting anything in return.
Here are 10 things that every millennial should add to their bucket list today.
Touching at least one other continent
In today’s economy, adding a globetrotting trip to your list of things to do isn’t feasible. Whether it’s at-home responsibilities, stagnant wages or too much debt, not everyone can simply jet off to a faraway land. Add this to your bucket list of things to accomplish: touching at least one other continent (Europe or North America, Asia or South America) before you pass away.
Helping someone in a big way anonymously
Do you know someone who is struggling right now in a big way? It would be nice if you could help them financially to solve a lot of their problems. It may not be possible right now, but note in your bucket list to assist a family in a few decades by giving them a large sum of money with no strings attached and anonymously. Remember, not every family gets hurt because of irresponsibility but because of illnesses, the economy or war.
Being kind to someone in a small way anonymously
In recent years, we have heard of stories of strangers doing kind things for other strangers anonymously. One of the most common ways is buying a stranger(s) a cup of coffee. Indeed, if you have yet to assist your fellow man in one of the simplest of methods then do it at least once before you die. If someone is short of money to buy a coffee give it to them. If there is a long line of grumpy people behind you, purchase them all coffee. Whatever you can do to make someone else’s day special is the best.
Overcoming a fear
We all have a fear of something. Some of us are scared of heights, others are terrified of spiders. In either case, a goal to achieve is overcoming a fear before you exit this life. This can be by parachuting, taking part in a Fear Factor-esque stunt or going rock climbing. Whatever is you’re afraid of you can overcome it, or at least try to anyway.
The boss from hell
Almost everyone in life has had a boss from hell. The boss would demean you, yell at you, disparage your character and just make your life a living hell. You wanted to tell that person off but you feared for your job. Well, when you enter into retirement, you have nothing left to fear so get into contact with that boss from hell and air your grievances with that certain individual. By not defending yourself at the point in time, you regretted it day in and day out. Now is your opportunity.
Learning something new
We always want to learn; it’s just in our nature to do so. If you’ve always wanted to learn the piano, learn a new language or learn a new sport but couldn’t for whatever reason then adding this to your bucket list is the best thing to do. Learning a new skill or hobby in your retirement has also proven to be great for your overall health.
Doing something embarrassing in public
When being lost in the general public, most of us are frightened to do something completely embarrassing. Thinking of dancing, singing, acting or making a fool out of ourselves in the public eye makes us cringe. However, everyone should do this at least once in their lives all by themselves without the aid of a friend or family member. It doesn’t matter what it is, but just add it to your bucket list.
Compliment everyone you come across for one whole day
For an entire day, compliment every single person you come across. If you happen to sit next to someone on public transit, tell them how nice they look today. If you bump into someone coming out of the elevator, tell them you admire their smell. If you’re waiting in line at the coffee, compliment their hair. Anything that is genuine and kind will make their day.
We’re only human. We make mistakes. If you have hurt someone in your life – a friend, peer, colleague, family member – reach out to them and issue a formal apology and make it up to them. It doesn’t matter if it happened in high school or a clerk at a retail store; authentically apologize for your unwise actions.
Recording a message for future generations
Set up a video camera, sit in front of the camera and hit record. For the next 20 to 30 minutes, talk about anything that’s important to you and what others can learn from. It could discuss how you didn’t have enough fun, how you never adopted a pet to take care of and wished you could or you can talk about how much your family has meant to you. The point of this exercise is for everyone to take something away from it.
Many of these bucket list tips may seem like common acts that we do every single day. However, you would be surprised as to how many people never apologize for something they said, how people never say nice things to others or how people never take an hour out of their week to learn an instrument or sport.
By working on a bucket list throughout your entire pre-retirement life, you can have quite a nice, exciting and enjoyable retirement.
Are you a millennial with a bucket list? Let us know in the comment section!