Why I don’t Have a Bucket List

by Krantcents · 30 comments

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Any bucket list is stupid!  If you wait to do things or need to put it on a bucket list, you probably won’t do it anyway.  The concept of a list of things to do before you die bothers me!  It seems you are procrastinating if you need to put it on some list to do in the future.  The bucket list is a list of things to do before you kick the bucket.  Are you putting off something for all the wrong reasons?

I am not referring to buying things!  I decided a long time ago, I did not want to wait to sixty-five (65) years old to retire.  Why work for forty (40) years and then get to do what you want to do.  It would mean I gave up my best years working and waiting to enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Instead, I put together a plan when I was thirty-one (31) years old for financial independence before I turned forty (40) years old.  To my surprise, I achieved it much earlier at 38 years old.

Many of the things on a bucket list are not expensive or even exotic.  It reminds me of the grandmother who went skydiving at eighty (80) years old.  You probably saw her on the evening news or YouTube because she fell out of her harness and she was holding on for her life.  Why not do those kinds of things when you are young.  Other things that seem to gravitate to a bucket list is travel to an exotic location.  Again, you can save your money and go when you are young enough to enjoy it.

Bucket lists are great places to put things you wished you did your entire life.  Maybe I am different from most of you, but I managed to do all the things I ever wanted to do.  Don’t misunderstand, I have not done everything and I want to do more.  I have not traveled to every country I want to see, nor have I experienced everything.  I am not waiting to fulfill a list of things I want to do, instead I just put together a plan and do it.

I don’t need a list to remind me that I want to do something.  My lists are usually tasks or things I need to complete to reach my goals.  I keep my goals close by to keep me focused on my goals.  Some people think a bucket list keeps you focused on what you want to do too.  Why not just plan it and do it!  If it requires additional funds, save your money and do it.  When I am in my eighties 80) and nineties (90), I do not expect to go skydiving or climbing K2.  I am not interested now so why even bother?

How do you start?  I started a long time ago by saving at least 10-20% of my income.  A savings account provides choices!  My wife and I love the beach!  We used to go to the beach day or night as an inexpensive date.  As a married couple, we still go to the beach for the day or vacation.  When our children were small, we rented a house with friends on the beach for 1-2 weeks.  It was fun and an inexpensive vacation.  Some people may put a beach house or vacation house on their bucket list.

The majority of bucket list items are usually experiences that you could do at any time.  Going skydiving at 80 years old may be one of your goals, but why wait?  I like castles, knights and that whole time in history.  When I visit Europe, I have to include a castle or two and definitely a museum to see all those things.  I have also included a stay in a castle years ago and managed to do it several times.

There are lots of ways to have what you want and not spend an arm and a leg!  We usually travel overseas every other year.  We started that roughly twenty-five (25) years ago.  I cannot predict the future or when I will die, but I can certainly do many of the things I want to do by just planning it.  I do not want to find myself on my death bed regretting not doing something I wanted to do.

Final Thoughts

A bucket list is a form of procrastination.  I find it stupid to place some experience on a list and wait years to accomplish it.  Why not just plan it and go do it.  A bucket list seems like a list of goals without a time frame.  How would you hold yourself accountable?  A bucket list may give you a false sense of setting goals.  A bucket list is similar to putting off goals.  If you get satisfaction by just putting things on a list, a bucket list may work for you.

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Michelle October 23, 2012 at 5:23 am

I have a bucket list mainly just because I like to look at it and cross things off my list. Things on my bucket list are more “fun” things, such as sky diving and traveling to a certain country.

Krantcents October 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

My attitude is why wait until a certain time to do things. I presume you are much younger and it is just a list vs. a bucket list.

Michelle October 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

Yeah, mine is more of a list but there’s only so much time that I have, so that’s why it’s in a list.

Krantcents October 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

As a list, you should have it mostly completed by the time it would turn into a bucket list.

Jonathan October 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

I’m asian, so I plan on living until I’m 130. Enough lifetime for more than a few bucket lists.

Krantcents October 23, 2012 at 6:56 am

130 might be beyond reasonable limits. Will you really want to do some of theings on a bucket list when you are even 100? I have good genes too, but I do not expect to want to travel and do many of “bucket” like things beyond 90 years old. Why wait?

maria@moneyprinciple October 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I am not sure whether I have a bucket list but I do have a list! At any point in time it cosists of 3-4 completely insane things I want to do – usually they sound rather imporbable. When I do some of these, I think of others. Keeps me entertained and reminds me that life is for living and enjoying.

Krantcents October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I am a list person too! I constantly make lists and cross them off as I accomplish them. I will always have goals, plans, wishes and desires, but I will never put them off arbitrarily to put on some list to be done before I die.

Brent Pittman October 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I like you attitude towards bucket lists…why wait? Maybe there are different tiers of goals…say goals for when you reach x amount of income or when your kids leave the nest? Just an off the cuff thought.

Krantcents October 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I don’t have a problem with using criteria, but don’t let it keep you from doing it. We moved when our children moved out of our home. It was the perfect time to downsize!

Kathleen @ Frugal Portland October 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I like posts like this that make you sound like a crotchety old man, Larry!

Krantcents October 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I am not sure how to take that! As I get old(er), I reflect on the silly things I see that comes with (old) age. I never thought my sixties would be like this.

AverageJoe October 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Actionable goals with a firm end date! Love it. …should call it “bucket ‘o pipe-dreams.”

Krantcents October 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

The “firm” end date is little like a moving target because you do not know when the end occurs. That is part of the reason you should wait!

Ornella @ Moneylicious October 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I will create goals or expand on specific ideas that I want to accomplish. But I never wanted to create a bucket list…it sound depressing…like you are about to kick the bucket.

Krantcents October 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

I agree! I don’t want to be on my death bed and have regrets.

Darwin's Money October 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I don’t have one because I can’t afford it! There are a few things I’d like to do now, but tastes change over time. If it’s 20 years down the road and I’m intent on completing some bucket list I made when I was younger, that may not be the best use of my funds at that time.

Krantcents October 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

I am surprised that you can predict how long you have! Maybe I am too impatient, but I do not want to wait to some arbitrary time to do something. If it is important enough to put on a list, I want to do it while I can still enjoy it.

eemusings October 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Is this perhaps a case of quibbling over semantics?

My bucket list is a list of things I want to do/see. Without it, I’d probably forget a lot of them – and it also helps to keep me inspired and moving forward.

Krantcents October 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

It may be semantics, but it depends on you. When the list is a way of putting something offto complete before you die, it is a bucket list. I use lists all the time to get things done, it is a method to keep me focused. I do not have an arbitrary list of things to put off to “some day”.

Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals October 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I agree – a lot of what would go on my bucket list (and yes, I do have one!) is stuff that would be way more enjoyable at 35 than 65.

Krantcents October 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Since I am planning on living to 100 years old, I do not want to either do many of these things at that age or have any regrets. Why wait?

Untemplater October 29, 2012 at 12:17 am

I disagree because I had a blast making my bucket list and I don’t see it as a form of procrastination at all. There are a lot of things I want to do with my life, and I like having them written down so that I can reference it whenever I want, and see my progress.

We all set and achieve goals in different way though, so if you don’t have any interest in making a bucket list, there’s no reason to make one since you can put your time towards things that you do like instead.

Krantcents October 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

The concept of a bucket list others me! For me, it is a list of things you want to achieve before you die. I would rather complete my list as soon as possible rather than wait for an arbitrar y date.

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