What is on Your Bucket List?

What is on Your Bucket List?

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


“FAITH, HOPE, LOVE REMAIN” Oil Painting by Rose Wolfe

Shifting his weight, he tried another position as he sought to find a comfortable spot. The morphine drip took the edge off for awhile but never long enough. Feeling helpless, I sat next to his bed and held his hand.

He was only 25 years old, and cancer devours the young as well as the old. For six short months, we had battled together to fight this invader. Now, the war was over, and we had lost.

We were young. Around us were people who told us that he should put together a bucket list. They didn’t understand. We had one, and it was short. Spend as much time together so that our four-year-old daughter’s heart would be imprinted with her dad’s love and joy. If she couldn’t have him physically, then we wanted her to have him spiritually.

Now, it seems as if most people have a bucket list. I guess it is a way to cheat death or enhance their life in some way. Maybe they want to have an excuse for risky behavior or spending money they don’t have. Regardless, the items are as varied as the people behind them. It is incredible the things that people have on their lists, from traveling the world to achieving their ideal weight.

What does it matter if you learn a new language and you expire tomorrow? When someone dies, how many of us say, “Well, at least he saw the Grand Canyon.”?

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with having a wish list. In fact, having goals and making plans to achieve them is admirable. Although, it seems to me as if there as two types of bucket lists: (1) the Rusty Bucket List, and (2) the Legacy Bucket List. The first list consists of temporary achievements that have no enduring value. The second list is what remains after someone passes away.

As I think back on the lives of those who have died, it doesn’t matter if they had the opportunity to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. Rather, I am struck by their legacy. Did they leave behind love? Were they the reason they were estranged from others? Is there guilt or anger?

I might live another ten or twenty years, but I doubt it.  My disease continues to strip my muscles.  My energy is wasting away.  The bell is tolling faintly in the distance.  There is no time to squander.  Which bucket will I choose?

I have made up my mind. The decision has been made. I choose to love, encourage, and accept. No saint here. That’s obvious. Nevertheless, the time has come. The battle trumpets are sounding.

It may be another lost war, but I will continue to forge ahead. May faith, hope, and love remain.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”  Matt. 6:19

Article Credits: Rose Wolfe

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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42 thoughts on “What is on Your Bucket List?”

  1. I love this post. I do have a bucket list that I sometimes forget that I do. I am with you, I choose love, to encourage and inspire. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you for this insightful post. Indeed, it seems like many peoples’ bucket lists are filled with desired personal experiences as opposed to making the world a better place. I guess some people just want to die knowing they tried it all, and I don’t blame them. But you’re right, the true legacy of their lives will be how they affected others and left this world having built something valuable for the people who are still breathing.

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  4. That was beautifully written- and so true about the types of Bucket Lists; I completely agree with your decision to be more loving and it’s definitely something I myself have to focus on

  5. Loved your thought provoking post! My written bucket list (created after beating two life-threatening diseases) is for items that make me feel alive. The “legacy” items are just built in – I haven’t written them down, but I strive to experience genuine human relationships and share love with my family and friends. No one know when their last day will be, so best to have no regrets, right?! Thanks for the words of wisdom 🙂

  6. Really appreciate this different thought process. I honestly never indulged into this direction of thinking. Thanks for giving me a lot of think about Rose! P.S. I love your name. 🙂


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