Okay we need to have a talk about bucket lists.
I’m not so sure that they work.
What I mean by that, is that I’m not convinced that the mere act of having a bucket list is going to directly result in the creation of the life you want.
I have firsthand experience with this exact problem.
I was 14 when I wrote the very first version of my bucket list. I simply thought from that point on I would spend the rest of my life crossing every item off one by one.
Then I became an adult.
What 14-year-old me did not know at the time, is that when you get older, life tends to get real busy. Things like careers, relationships, paying the rent, all began to take up my time, energy, and money.
When I would revisit my bucket list, it appeared like a collection of wants that were incompatible with the life I was living. It was incredibly frustrating.
But upon further evaluation, it was not the fault of my bucket list. It’s just that my bucket list was not designed to a framework to guide me through life.
So I set out to build a framework that would accomplish just that.
A framework I refer to throughout this website as “Living My List.”
The four components of #LivingMyList
The framework consists of four unique components.
Each component has an important role to play, yet together, they all work towards solving a singular goal:
How can I do more, be more, and give more in a way that improves my own personal well-being and that of the world around me?
Let’s go a little bit more in-depth into each individual component.
#1 The Mission Statement
Your Mission Statement is the one or two sentences that sums you up. I like to use William Arruda’s format. He suggested you think of your personal mission statement as “The value you create + who you’re creating it for + the expected outcome.”
My personal mission statement is: To use my gift of curiosity and love of learning to discover how to actualize my own personal version of a meaningful life and to help others do the same for themselves.
#2 The Top Ten
Your Top 10 consists of the ten most important items on your bucket list. My Top 10 is fundamental to who I am and grounds me in my life story. I think of it in this simple way: If on my deathbed I say to myself, “I accomplished nothing else but these ten things, wow what a wonderful life I’ve lived.”
#3 The Bucket List
Your Bucket List is are all those things that add intentional excitement to your life. A bucket list can make you dream bigger, step outside your comfort zone, and provide endless stories to share. Above all else, it makes you feel grateful and excited to be alive.
#4 Daily Thoughts/Words/Actions
Your daily thoughts, words, and actions are all about putting the above into practice. Identifying what you want from yourself and your life is not easy and neither is putting in the effort to make it happen.
Putting it all together
When I’m living my list I find the following to all be true:
✅ I’m able to appreciate moments big and small
✅ I’m empowered to take an active role in my personal growth
✅ I’m feeling like each day is its own success
✅ I’m identifying ways how I can best give back to the world
✅ I’m truly doing more, being more, and living more.
Who are you?
Probably an awesome person.
I know what it’s like to be in your 20s trying to figure out what you want to do with your life and having no clue where to begin. So I’m writing this for the people who can relate to that feeling. Regardless of your age, you are looking to live a life that matters in the end. And that makes you my kind of person.
How can I get involved?
I have a newsletter! Each week I share with my subscribers seven things that are connected to the mission of this website. I chose seven purely because it rhymes with Evan.
You can go over here and sign right up.