When John Goddard compiled a “life list” in 1940 aged just 15, it contained 127 goals which included exploring the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the moon and milking a poisonous snake. This list is now cited by many as their inspiration for the creation of a bucket list – a term popularised by the 2007 film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, and one which is thought to have originated from the kicking away of the bucket at a hanging. The general modern day consensus seems to be that life begins at 40 and, whilst this may well be true, that’s also around the same age where places you didn’t even know existed start to ache uncontrollably. With that being said, below is a bucket list of things for you to do before you hit 40.
Make Up With Someone You’ve Fallen Out With
Hear us out. Recent studies indicate that those over a certain age have very different ideas about what they should have done when looking back on their lives and it seems that older Brits wish they’d have spent a bit more time saying sorry. Holding onto the bad feelings associated with the break up of relationships is unhealthy and unconstructive so perhaps it’s time to flick through your contact book and attempt to reconnect with an old friend or flame. After all, life’s too short to hold grudges.
Visit The Taj Mahal
This one may be a little bit of a cliche but there’s a good reason why it sits near the top of most people’s bucket lists. As explained by Lottoland’s article, The Taj Mahal receives over 8 million visitors a year and was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz. In terms of iconic and beautiful structures, the Taj Mahal stands alone as one of the best examples of Muslim architecture in the modern day world and Rudyard Kipling once described it as “the embodiment of all things pure” so it must be worth a visit right? The Taj Mahal also represents one of the best chances you’ll have to take one of those silly pictures where it looks like you’re holding the building in the palm of your hand. Yes, we hate those as well.
Do Something New and Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Whether it involves doing something that scares you or simply learning a new skill, there’s a lot to be said for challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone. Sure, we all love that feeling of safety and familiarity but there’s nothing quite as thrilling as the feeling of accomplishment. Of course, if you’re feeling brave, then you can always tick the classic skydive off the list and scare yourself half to death but something as simple as learning a new language is a safer (and more sensible) alternative in our eyes.
Your List Should Be Unique To You
At the end of the day, it’s totally up to you what you choose to include on your bucket list but everything you decide on should be for your benefit and no-one else’s. Don’t choose to do something just because it sounds cool and will impress your friends – it’s unlikely that will give you the sense of fulfilment and accomplishment that these lists are designed to invoke. Happy bucket-listing.