What’s On Your Bucket List?
It seemed a suitable question for an active lifestyle event. In preparation for the Sarasota Senior Expo at Westfield Sarasota Square, we thought it would be interesting to ask visitors “What’s on your bucket list?” Defined, a bucket list is experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. While some variation of the term apparently dates back to 1785, it was popularized more recently in the 2007 movie “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
And so we asked. Some respondents rattled off a response in the blink of an eye. Others paused and reflected. After all, this is a big question, and while responses varied, not unexpectedly, themes emerged.
Many responses focused on travel-related goals. “Go to Alaska” and “visit Machu Picchu.” “I want to visit New York – would you believe that I have never been to New York?” asked one visitor. A trip to Australia and New Zealand made the list, as did visiting the Galapagos Islands. We had to look up the spelling of Galapagos to ensure our vowels were correct, and as I strained to read the iPhone screen, the respondent informed me that he’d take care of it – 20/20 vision since he’d had cataract surgery.
A more modest travel goal, one respondent said, “ride the SCAT bus system.” She explained that friends had recently talked about the fact that in the years living here, they have never been on a SCAT bus. Full disclosure – neither have I!
A cluster of water and air-adventure responses included “buy a paddleboard and use it,” “parasailing,” and “parachuting from a plane and flying in a squirrel suit” – the latter being something the respondent said he’d dreamed about since he was young.
Some responses focused on day to day living goals – “get up in the morning,” “good health,” “reducing my landscaping,” and to “continue to enjoy what I am currently doing.” Others were theoretical life changers – “Win the lottery!” One visitor got a chuckle out of this post, commenting that winning the lottery could certainly help you take care of a lot of other things on your bucket list.
And the grand finale? “I don’t want a bucket list!” Apparently, all is well