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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?

By Susan Williams

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 embrace writing 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 creating these lists, are we just setting ourselves up with the intention that we will 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?

To be honest, I don’t know.

I can see the value in setting goals for things that you want to accomplish before we “kick the bucket”. But I am also wondering whether we sometimes miss out on those golden opportunities to embrace the joy around us on a daily basis if we are thinking that we will find joy and happiness in crossing the things off on our lists on another day?

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.