There are so many bucket lists going around the internet for when you turn 30, 40, 50, and so on. But why wait until then to create memories that matter?
In this article, we’ll give you 13 birthday bucket list ideas that you can aim for in time for your next birthday.
Let’s get started!
Test Drive Your Dream Car
Do you have a dream car? Why not take it for a test drive?
Even if you don’t have the money for high-performance luxury cars like the Porsche, Lamborghini, or Maserati, you can always find a dealership and ask for a test drive. Alternatively, you can also rent your dream car to experience firsthand what it’s like to own one.
If you have more than one dream car, go the full mile by renting several exotic luxury cars. This way, even if it isn’t practical or realistic to purchase them, you would have at least experience driving them.
Living in fear can hold you back from living your best life. It makes you avoid taking risks and can cause you to miss out on opportunities because they seem big and scary. While it’s okay to fear certain things, you need to let some of them go, especially if they’re holding you back.
Conquer Something You Fear
Pick one thing that scares you, however small, and try to conquer it. It’s a surefire way to feel better about yourself and gain more confidence.
Get Into Better Shape
If you’re looking to improve your fitness and get into the best shape of your life, set a specific goal you want to reach before your next birthday.
Remember, set achievable goals — goals that challenge you but don’t overwhelm you and be consistent in your efforts to achieve them. Give yourself a realistic timeline and be patient with yourself. Health-related goals can take time before you start noticing results.
Sign up to be a mentor or volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart. You can also donate to charity. Let your humane and caring side shine as you make the lives of the less fortunate better one step at a time. There’s a world of good you can do to help others and most people who engage in volunteer work find the experience rewarding and fulfilling.
Read a Book
As simple as it sounds, many of us have a hard time finding the time and energy to read books that we think we’ll enjoy. With busy schedules, our inclination to read books often falls by the wayside.
Decide which books and how many books you want to read in a year and make it a point to make time for them. Even if you only find time to read one book before your next birthday, you’ll still feel good accomplishing it.
Drop One Bad Habit
Do you have a bad habit that’s holding you back? Is it sabotaging your efforts to get ahead in life? Bad habits can be hard to break which is why we’re suggesting that you drop one bad habit first. Whether it’s smoking, procrastinating, or being a people pleaser, it’s now or never and your birthday celebration will be even merrier knowing that you kicked a bad habit to the curb.
Adopt One Good Habit
Pick one good habit that has the potential to make the most positive impact on your life and make plans to adopt it. From lifting weights to running, taking long baths, to eating healthier, identify a habit that can transform your life for the better.
Reconnect with Someone
Do you sometimes think of someone and wonder how they’re doing?
If you’ve lost touch with someone who was an integral part of your life at some point, it’s time to make the first move and reconnect with them. Drop them a text or give them a call — whatever you’re comfortable with works.
Learn to Manage Money
Budgeting is as important as earning money. If you can’t manage your money responsibly, it can keep you from reaching financial milestones like owning your first home, freeing yourself from debt, having an emergency fund, or buying your own car.
There are many resources today that teach money management skills such as online courses, books, and apps. You only have to decide which suits you best.
Learn a New Skill
Is there a skill you’ve been wanting to learn? Work-related skills can help you advance faster while extracurricular skills like cooking and photography can help you become more well-rounded.
Learning a new skill can have a tremendous impact on your life. Aside from improving brain health, it also helps you become more confident and feel more empowered.
If you’ve always traveled with a group, you’re missing out. Traveling solo is one of the best ways to engage in self-reflection while immersing yourself in new experiences. While it may feel disconcerting at times, you’ll soon get caught up with the place you’ve chosen to visit.
Imagine creating an itinerary that only has things you want to do. The possibilities are infinite!
Spend More Time With Family
We spend so much time pursuing personal and career goals that sometimes we forget the people who always have our backs — our families. Whether this means your parents, your children, or your significant other, commit to spending more quality time with them before your next birthday.
You can go on a holiday together, schedule regular date nights, have coffee, or just Facetime together. Whichever way you choose to go about it, make sure to connect with family and let them know that they’re important to you too.
Other Ideas for Your Birthday Bucket List
Need more inspiration for your birthday bucket list? Here are more ideas to consider:
- Join a marathon.
- Follow a sleep schedule.
- Treat yourself to nicer things.
- Watch live sports in person and not on TV.
- Do a DIY project.
- Do something adventurous.
- Take an MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
- Watch your favorite band perform live.
- Decorate your bedroom.
Before You Go: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Birthday bucket lists are extremely personal. They should list activities that will make your life more interesting and fulfilling. If none of the above suggestions work for you, feel free to create your own. The basic idea is they should include items that make you feel happy and allow you to live a life with few regrets.
Make your next birthday even more special by creating a bucket list and ticking those items off.
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When Keren is not actually tapping away at her keyboard, you’ll find her staring into space or drinking copious amounts of coffee. But make no mistake, she's hard at work even then. Come close enough and you’ll hear the whooshing noise of countless words as they go whizzing by - in her head of course.