Why You Should Throw Away Your Bucket List

Why You Should Throw Away Your Bucket List

Raise your hand if you have a bucket list, whether it’s actually written down somewhere, on a Pinterest board, or just a mental note tucked away behind the daily ish. 🙋🏻 

Cool. Now do me a favor and set it on fire.

If there is one major thing I’ve learned in all of my travels (22 countries with some repeat trips), is that an open mind and an open schedule often leads to the best adventures. Some of my most memorable trips were due to experiences that I never would have even thought to add to my former Bucket List. My ex-BL.

The problem with a Bucket List—in all its grand fantasies and concepts—is that you’re giving yourself limitations right off the bat. When you’re so focused on checking exact things off or feeling guilty for missing a potential opportunity, you’re less inclined to say yes to other scenarios that could be 10x better than what you may have planned.

So rather than thinking of it as a downer to toss your previous hopes and dreams away, instead try thinking of your life as endless opportunities. Endless fun. Endless locations. Endless food to try and adrenaline rushes to be had. The unknown isn’t scary, friends; the unknown is more exciting than you could ever imagine. The scary part is getting to the end and realizing you didn't even try to explore the unknown. 

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I’m glad you asked. One of my secrets is flash sales on airline tickets. If you know that over your lifetime you want to go every where, then the timeline of when the visits happen doesn’t matter as much anymore. So if I get an email that roundtrip tickets to Copenhagen are on sale for ~$300 — consider them booked. I’ll figure out the logistics later. 

But those tips and tricks are for another day. 

I’ve found that life is always better when looking at the bright side. I’m a creative and inspired communicator with experience in marketing, public relations, new media + graphic design.