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Should We Skip The Bucket List and Find The Joy Instead?

Should We Skip The Bucket List and Find The Joy Instead?

I’m not even sure what caused me to even think about the bucket list.

But as I started to think more about it, I found myself revisiting some of the scenes from the “The Bucket List” movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson that inspired so many people to write their own bucket lists.

As I quickly glanced through some of the scenes from the movie, there was one moment in particular that really struck me.

It was towards the end of the movie when Morgan Freeman was reading his farewell letter to Jack Nicholson (and of course, read only the way that Morgan Freeman could).

It was then that I realized that the point of the movie wasn’t really so much about having a bucket list and crossing things off that was important – it was more about finding the joy in your life. Like the joy that the two found in forming a relationship with each other.

Find the joy in your life.

Can you put that on a list or is this something that you just experience in living everyday? By having these lists, are we just setting ourselves up to expect to experience happiness ‘one day’ rather than experiencing the joy in the world around us right now? Should we maybe rethink the bucket list and think about a daily joy list – or do we even need a list for that matter?

I’m not sure.

I can see the value in setting goals for things that you want to accomplish before we “kick the bucket” – but are we sometimes missing out on those golden opportunities to embrace the joy around us on a daily basis thinking that we will find joy and happiness in doing and crossing the things off on our lists?

Just something to think about…

Here is the clip that inspired this post:

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.