So some old guy with a terminal diagnosis decides to run off and create some grand adventures before it all ends. It was a fun movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon. People everywhere have started busting out of the doldrums of ordinary living to “live” by seeking incredible memories and making lists of adrenaline pumping adventures to experience before they die.


I don’t have a bucket list. I’ve never understood the rationale or inspiration behind a bucket list. Actually I guess I do. You really want to feel as if your life was an adventure. You want to feel courageous, bold, fulfilled, accomplished and joyful! You plan to post pictures of you having a celebratory beer with the most interesting man in the world. Yes, I get that. Yet if you’re saving up money and vacation days for your next bucket list excursion in order to feel all of that, you’re totally doing it wrong. Here are four reasons to kick your bucket list to the curb!

Arbitrary Randomness Is Not “Living”

Let me be clear right now. I’m not against adventure. I’m not throwing shade on travel excursions. I love spontaneous moments. In full disclosure, I’ve enjoyed quite a number of adventures in my own life. I highly encourage you to pack as much fun into your life as humanly possible starting right now and forever. If you want to jump out of a perfectly working airplane or kayak around an iceberg please go right ahead – as long as it’s purposeful and meaningful for YOU. Everything begins with purpose. Just because you can, does not mean you should. Just because they do, does not mean you need to jump too. Hi mom.

Even the most arbitrary random moments of your life can be purposeful. When you are living life with intention and purpose, it helps you distinguish between the arbitrary and what is personally meaningful and fulfilling for you. When you are clear on your unique life purpose, it helps you quickly decide what options will bring you the most satisfaction and unspeakable joy. You make better decisions with purpose.

Adventure Junkies Are Just Junkies

The basic problem with being an adventure junkie is the junkie part of it all. The momentary high and the anticipation of the next hit just create an ever increasing need to up the ante with more risk and excitement. Who needs it?! Life is not about crazy adventures and experiences. Some of the most meaningful moments in life are quite, simple, powerful moments of connection with yourself and other people. You don’t need safety gear to connect with yourself. Life is about turning each moment into the best moment of your life. If you only feel alive in that open jeep riding across the safari, you won’t be feeling alive very long or very often. No Lion.

Are you caught up in the hype? What makes that experience something that is “bucket list worthy?” It is a sad statement of life that we work each day to afford vacations. Why not live a life that does not need an escape? What would that life look like for you?

Grand Is Often Just A Distraction

It’s not that scaling that waterfall is not something you should plan to do. The question is what should you be doing instead? What are you avoiding by riding that raft down that jungle river? Where does your bucket list become a diversion from the things that you are trying not to face? It’s funny, we would rather fly half way around the world to experience a connection with another human being than to strike up a meaningful conversation with the neighbor down the block.

How often do we create bucket list items to replace the ordinary simple “boring” things that we really could do every day. The best solutions to the doldrums are often the most simple. I said simple, not easy. Don’t allow complexity and grandiosity to be the smoke and mirrors distracting you from the most meaningful and enjoyable moments of your life.

Find More Happiness In The Ordinary And Routine

What if you could structure your everyday routine to be exciting and fulfilling and joyful? What if you could find adventure and adrenaline in the ordinary moments of your day? How much more purposeful would your daily life become if you existed on a higher level of happiness and joy each day? What if the wisdom you seek could be found sitting right there in that cold slate gray cubicle you’ve been working in for the past 12 years? What if you worked to create a day to day routine that was better than any vacation adventure that you could experience? You might be skeptical but this is very possible. Pay attention to what matters to you personally. Choose to live more of your ordinary moments with unspeakable joy and kick that bucket list to the curb!

Author's Bio: 

Author: Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach

Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ is a Speaker and Coach for highly creative problems solvers and entrepreneurs who struggle with procrastination, doubts, fears, over-thinking, good excuses, and stubbornness. Adrienne knows exactly how to confidentially coach Helpers who get overwhelmed being there for everyone else, but are uncomfortable being helped. The Soul Power Coach™ has practical tools for the accomplished, respected, workaholic feeling isolated and frustrated because the people around them are behaving badly, or they just want life to be more fun. Clients come to the Soul Power Coach™ needing more focus, organization, consistency, and courage to move even the most impossible obstacles out of the way and feel more unspeakable joy. Adrienne has several ways to work herself out of a job by showing clients how to access their own Soul Power immediately and more consistently. Take the 30 Second Soul Power Challenge & get $275 of do-it-yourself coaching tools free at