I’m sure most people are familiar with the concept of a bucket list. However, for those who aren’t let me bring you up to speed.
What is a bucket list?
It’s typically a list of achievements or experiences, essentially things a person wants to accomplish during his or her lifetime. However, every year when classes are done at Ontario Tech University, I like to come up with a different kind of list. I call it “Candice’s Summer Bucket List”. Of course, you may want to swap my name out for your own, but whatever floats your boat!
My idea behind this is remembering back to summers as a child when I would go on all kinds of adventures and have all types of fun for the first month. But once that had passed, I felt like I didn’t have anything left to do or look forward to. I didn’t want to, dare I say it, look forward to school (cringe) so I decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to do while on my break. Of course now that I’ve grown up, I have to accomplish these tasks between working a full-time job during the day. But I have to say, the meaning has not lost its purpose to me. It gives me something to look forward to each and every day and allows me to feel accomplished when I check off a task. And the best part is, the list can be never ending.
You might get halfway through your break and realize you're almost done all the tasks on your list. Do you simply complete your bucket list and call it a day? Never! I am always adding new items to my list even as the last weeks of August approach. I know to some, this concept may seem silly, but it’s a great way to make sure you look back at the end of the summer and really feel like you made the most out of your time. It's so easy to get caught up in working and everything else in life that sometimes we forget to make time for the things we really want to do and just do things for the purpose of being happy.
So Candice, what do I put on my list?
I’m so glad you asked, because this is where it gets really fun. You can put absolutely anything on it. Case in point, I recall one summer break I had “Learn all the lyrics to Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’” on mine. Why, you ask? Because it was something I wanted to do, and that’s all there is to it!
Another year, something I wanted to do was buy a car and having it on my bucket list gave me the focus I needed to save up and make it happen. Your list doesn’t have to include things like skydiving or traveling across Europe (although it could if that’s what you’re into!) but the point is, they don’t have to be big accomplishments. I encourage you to mix it up, think of something you’ve been wanting to do for a while and maybe your schoolwork got in the way. Think outside of the box. A trip to the zoo with a few friends, a road trip to the beach, learn to play the guitar, try a new restaurant - it’s all up to you. If you're at a loss for ideas, the Internet can be a great resource to spark your imagination. You can make your list alone or come up with things you want to do with friends or family.
You have four months to accomplish anything you want and make the most of your break from school. So the question is, what’s going to be on your list?