My Life Bucket List: 43 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

Life bucket list

If you are following this blog, you know that I am going to make the most of my life before I die.

I have long wanted to make a list where I set concrete goals for different things I want to do in life.

I therefore bring to you… my life bucket list!

How my life bucket list will be used

Being a consultant, I naturally want to make my bucket list specific, measurable and realistic. It should be very clear what it is I want to do, how to measure whether I have done it and be attainable (it cannot be a goal that can never be completed, e.g. “stay out of debt”, or something impossible).

I don’t see the life bucket list as the only way to have a successful life, nor do I see completing it as my overall purpose in life.

I will make sure to live life to the fullest on my way towards achieving these goals and never stress about the ones I don’t make any progress on. Even if I complete half of them, my life can still have been a very well-lived life. The items on the list are merely aspirations that I will try to pursue.

I want to keep my life bucket list open for new things that I want to do and be able to remove things I no longer want to do.

I want to check in on my life bucket list once a year and write an update on my progress on this blog.

I don’t want to include things I have already done.

Enough talking? Let’s get to the things on the list:

Family

  1. Get married
  2. Get minimum three kids (I do not have kids at the moment)
  3. Move to a house outside the city (I live in an apartment in the city at the moment)

Friends

  1. Give food and shelter to a friend in need
  2. Be a best man at a wedding

Finances

  1. Have a savings rate of 75% on a rolling 12-month average
  2. Achieve financial independence before age 33
  3. Invest in a startup

Work

  1. Have an interesting and challenging part-time/part-year job
  2. Have an unpaid, meaningful job
  3. Be featured in a large Danish newspaper/magazine with early retirement
  4. Be featured in a large global newspaper with early retirement

Charity

  1. Have a weekly charitable job for minimum a year
  2. Collect money for a charity minimum five times

Health

  1. Be active four days a week for minimum a year
  2. Do yoga every day for minimum a year
  3. Be a vegetarian for minimum five years
  4. Do not drink alcohol for minimum a year

Blog

  1. Have more than 100,000 unique visitors in a month
  2. Have more than 1,000,000 unique visitors in a month
  3. Get a mailing list of more than 10,000 emails
  4. Earn an online income of more than $5,000 per month
  5. Write 52 articles within a year

Travel

  1. Visit more than 100 countries
  2. Live abroad for more than one year
  3. Go on a minimum 10 day yoga retreat abroad
  4. Go on a +100 day hike
  5. Visit Antarctica

Sport

  1. Join an amateur soccer club
  2. Do a skydive without an instructor
  3. Run a marathon
  4. Get a rescue diver license
  5. Attend minimum one year of dancing classes with my girlfriend

Art

  1. Perform a concert on a guitar
  2. Be able to play a classical music piece on piano
  3. Join a choir for minimum a year
  4. Write a book on personal finance
  5. Sell a book on personal finance

Lifestyle & other shenanigans

  1. Take a professional cooking class
  2. Live a CO2 neutral life for minimum a year
  3. Throw out my alarm clock for good
  4. Go to a nudist beach
  5. Try to be silent for more than 10 days

That’s it! My life bucket list. If I get to do all of these things before I die, I will die a very happy man indeed – even half of them would be a success!

As you will see, many of the items have a “minimum” condition, which means that I can always choose to extend them if it adds value to my life and happiness.

Now it is your turn! What is your most important life bucket list item?

Onwards,
Carl

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6 Comments

    1. Hi Mikael,

      Great to hear from you – and thanks a lot for following! πŸ™‚

      Are you on a journey toward FIRE yourself?

      Onwards,
      Carl

      1. Hi Carl.
        It’s a yes and a no. My wife and I currently invest every month in dividend stocks with the purpose to travel the world, when our kids are grown ups in twenty years or so. We also try to cut our day to day expenses as much as possible to make it possible for both of us to work 30 h/week or less. Not currently possible unfortunately.
        /Mikael

        1. Very interesting, Mikael!

          I really like the ambition of working less than 30 hours per week – I would like to do something similar.

          I will have kids in my life in a few years too, and I am looking forward to seeing how that will impact the financial independence journey.

          /Carl

  1. Awesome list you’ve got there Carl! I’m sure you’re heading towards an exiting future. Lot’s of nice things on your list I would like to do myself. Would also like to read about your 100 day hike someday πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot, WWE! πŸ™‚ I am considering taking the Pacific Crest Trail one day – it looks amazing!

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