Before I Kick the Bucket – Bucket List Ideas and DIY

bucket list bucket

I don’t want to be a downer, but I want to talk about something that most of us push to the back of our minds the majority of the time. The all-too-true fact that sometime, somewhere, every one of us will cease to be.

The Bucket List DIY Bucket System - How to keep track of your life's big to-dos.

Death is simply a part of life as we know it, albeit a tough concept to accept. I have experienced the passing of loved ones, and it is never a welcome occurrence. It can happen at any time, your existence ceasing to be That’s what makes me want to take advantage of the right now, while I’m alive, to get something off my chest.

Actually, 10 somethings.

Over the past year or two I’ve been watching from afar as a university friend participated in something that I want to get in on. Her and her partner had put together their very own, physical bucket lists. This consisted of a little metal bucket for each of them, and on the side they would clip little pieces of paper to the outside with clothespins, each an idea of something they wanted to do before they kicked the bucket.

bucket list bucket

I watched and smiled as I saw goals achieved and discovery happen. I saw life being lived.

As the completed list items gathered and the “to do’s” built up, my friend worked out this neat way of organizing her bucket list items, in categories of “Completed”, “Long Term”, “Travel” and “Short Term (6 months)”. Items on the forefront of her list of goals are clipped to the outside of the bucket.

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Organized bucket list project.

Now I want a bucket list, too, to push me to fill up my bucket – and my life – with amazing and fun events and adventures. I think I’m going to have to go seek out a little bucket and start this little project myself.

So, without further ado….


10 Things on My Bucket List (in no particular order)

  1. Try surfing – actually get up on the board!
  2. Get up on stage with my guitar for open mic
  3. Write a children’s book
  4. Sell something on Etsy
  5. Visit Africa
  6. Volunteer at a nursing home
  7. Make a quilt
  8. Display an art-piece in a café/business
  9. Can something other than jam (by the way, jam is super easy… I’ll post my method soon!)
  10. Be the instigator of a beneficial change (I’m not sure what… Petitioning for incentives to bring doctors to Salt Spring? Coordinating a community service or project? I’m open to suggestions!)


What’s on your bucket list? Share in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Before I Kick the Bucket – Bucket List Ideas and DIY

  1. Cathy

    This is a great idea Hannah. For number 10 on your list, I think that talking to some of the Doctors here would give you an idea about why we don’t have enough. I heard that the 4 day school week might have something to do with it.

    1. Hannah Post author

      When I’ve chatted with some of the doctors, it seemed that one of the big reasons is that they don’t have the same equipment and support here that doctors near a big hospital have. Because there are so few doctors here, they have to take quite a lot of responsibility filling in at the ER, which adds a lot to a doctor’s plate. I think that if there were more doctors, all of them would have an easier time and need to take less work on. Being there are no incentives for Dr’s to come work here (other than it’s a fantastic place to live), I imagine it would be a hard choice to make when you can be given a house and more for working in other rural areas where doctor’s are needed.
      The midwife had suggested to me at one point that it might be up to my generation of families coming here, with no doctors to take them on, to find a way to bring them here. Hmmm. I wonder where to start…


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