The Pros And Cons Of Making A Bucket List

If you are smart, everything that you do in life will be well thought out in order to ensure that you are making the right choices. If you take the time to think back about the mistakes you have made, you likely won’t be surprised to find that the vast majority of them came when you rushed into something rather than taking some time to weigh the pros and cons. That’s a rule that doesn’t just apply to the important decisions that you make, but also to those that others would deem to be somewhat trivial. The perfect example of that is when it comes to [intlink id=”952″ type=”post”]creating a bucket list[/intlink], which is basically a checklist of things that you would like to accomplish before you die. It may sound like something that is fun to do, but there are some pros and cons associated with making a bucket list.

The pros are pretty straightforward in that you get to see and do all the things that you have ever dreamed of. You can travel to exotic locations that are far from home and take part in some crazy adventures that are well outside of the way that you would normally behave ([intlink id=”1007″ type=”post”]top 10 most common bucket list items[/intlink]). You always hear people talking about their life having little or no purpose, but with a bucket list, you have a number of items that will give you that reason for living as you try to check them all off. Life is a collection of memories and experiences and if you can create some great ones, then it can be argued that will have lived better than many other people, but you have to ask yourself what type of cost that will come at.

I’m not just talking about the financial cost of putting together a bucket list, which could actually become quite high if you have some particularly wild things that you want to do ([intlink id=”929″ type=”post”]top 10 bucket list destinations[/intlink]). I’m also talking about the personal toll that chasing after your bucket list can bring, especially if you start to find that some of the items are way out of your reach. Lets’ be honest, putting that list together is ([intlink id=”995″ type=”post”]how to compose your own bucket list[/intlink]) probably going to be very easy, but actually going down the list and checking off each item as complete is where it can become increasingly difficult. Even though a bucket list is usually made for fun, it can quickly turn to the opposite when you start to discover that you are never going to be able to see it to completion.

If you are still totally intent on putting a bucket list together, you have to think about the pros and cons of doing so. Realistically look at the list you have made and ask if every item on there is something that you will actually get to. You also have to take into account your relationship status; a list that may be perfect for someone who is single may not sit very well if a partner or spouse comes into the picture. While no one person should stop you from trying to achieve your dreams, you really have to ask yourself if you are willing to give up on a promising relationship just so that you can get to something that is on your list.

Perhaps the best advice that anyone can give you when it comes to putting together a bucket list is to make sure that you remain flexible. You have to realize that changes happen and that what may have seemed important before just isn’t that way anymore. Think of your bucket list as a fluid collection of items that can change from day to day and you won’t feel so tied down to those items that appeared on your initial draft. If there is something on there that seems to be getting further from your reach rather than closer, then scratch it off and replace it with something else. Always keep in mind that your bucket list is for fun as opposed to something that defines your life and you’ll soon discover that there are no real cons to be found.

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