Bucket lists, for those familiar with term but not sure of it’s origin, were things to do before you ‘kick the bucket’, i.e. die. That phrase in itself is linguistic derivation from, amongst possible choices, stepping off a bucket on a hangman’s noose, the bucket or beam a pig is hung from once slaughtered, or even from the French trebuchet for balance. All meaning that this post is starting off on a much more morbid theme that I intended when I wrote the title. Bear with me folks!
So if our bucket lists are things to do to make us happy, why should we wait before we do them? Do they have to be grand schemes- only swimming with the dolphins or base jumping off the Matterhorn actually count? My happiness quota today got filled as simply as by spotting the first baby courgettes forming on a plant in our yard (after I had planted the seeds much later in the year than advised on the packet).
In order to help us consider what to add into that scribbled down bullet-pointed bucket-kicking list, be it on a calendar, a back of an envelope, or just in your head, please make sure you include ‘Be happy’ on there too. So to help you out with your philosophical thinking for today, the article here and the audio that goes with it might throw a few sage insights your way.