Today is my 28th birthday and to mark the occasion, I wanted to create a plan for some of what I wanted to accomplish this year. How is a “bucket list” related to mental health, you ask? Well, I did a bit of research and I found some interesting ideas. A bucket list is an attempt to make life memorable and meaningful. Particularly, when an item on our bucket list attempts to “connect people to something larger than themselves, typically other people and their welfare”, then it can lead to us feeling more fulfilled if we accomplish it. Additionally, having goals can be motivating and encouraging and might just be the thing to push you out of bed each morning.
Creating a bucket list and having goals can also instill hopefullness in us, giving us something to look forward to. Furthermore, there has been Research that shows “novel and arousing” activities can ameliorate the quality of our relationships.
I’m hoping that by creating this compilation of goals, I can help in the treatment of my bipolar disorder. I hope that I can avoid depressive episodes and have longer periods of feeling good.
So here are my bucket list items for the next twelve months. If you are creating your own list, feel free to take any of these ideas.
1.Take an airplane
2. Go camping
3. Get 10,000 views on YouTube
4. Go on television
5. Interview a celebrity
6. Lose 20 pounds
7. Finish my manuscript
8. Plan an event
9. Get a job
10. Start a non-profit side business
11. Read 24 books
12. Get paid to speak as a mental health advocate
13. Help 12 strangers in some way
14. Visit Toronto Island
15. Learn HTML
16. See a play
17. Paint 6 paintings
18. Do a winter sport
19. Get a dog
20. Bike in the city
21. Complete a puzzle
22. Watch a baseball game live
23. Interview parents about their lives + document it somehow
24. Volunteer for a cause besides mental health
25. Eat at an Aboriginal restaurant
26. Meet a blog reader in person
27. Send 12 thank you letters
28. Speak on the radio
29. Go to a TIFF movie (Toronto International Film Festival)