Make your bucket list about experiences.

I bought a television last week.

On hearing the news of my purchase a family member commented via email that it was good that I was finally ticking things off my bucket list.

I remember reading the email and feeling a tad unsettled.  Thinking it was nothing, I went back to work. Hours later I was still feeling out of sorts about the bucket list comment, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.

It took me a while to realize what the issue was.  As happy as I am with my new television it’s definitely something on my shopping list, not on my bucket list.

For me personally, the two are very different things.  

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I value experiences over possessions.  It’s part of my value system and a core part of who I am.

I can’t help thinking that it’s important to make sure that we don’t confuse our shopping list with our bucket list.

My bucket list includes stuff like running my own successful online business, finding my soul mate and a list of fantastic overseas adventures.  My shopping list involves stuff like a new couch and a dishwasher.

Don’t get me wrong while I am thoroughly enjoying my new television, it’s not in the same league as the stuff on my bucket list.

Just to be clear here, I’m not criticizing anyone else’s priorities or values, this isn’t about right or wrong.

What it is about is knowing what is important to each of us as individuals and honoring our values.

Ticking items off your shopping list is great but it’s important not to lose sight of the big picture. It’s important to know what truly makes you happy.

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