The History and Meaning of the Bucket List

The History and Meaning of the Bucket List

We’ve all heard of a bucket list, but what exactly is it? Is it something that only rich people have? Do you need to be close to death to have one? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history and meaning of the the wishful idea.

by David Stone

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A trip to Venice, Italy, is a feature of many bucket lists./Photo by hitesh choudhary on Pexels.com

It turns out that the phrase “bucket list” has only been around since 2006 when it was popularized by the movie The Bucket List. The movie is about two terminally ill men (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.) They escape from a hospice and go on a road trip to do everything they’ve ever wanted to do before they “kick the bucket.”

Since then, the phrase has become part of our vernacular. It is used to describe anything we want to do or accomplish in our lifetime. So, whether you want to visit every continent or try every flavor of ice cream, if it’s something you want to do, it can go on your checklist.

Bucket List Conclusion

It’s no surprise that the phrase “bucket list” came from a movie about two men who are terminally ill. The reality of life can be tough, but it doesn’t mean we should give up on everything! In fact, there is always time for adventures and experiences – even if you’re feeling down or depressed sometimes.


A lot people think they don’t have any good ideas when really all our minds need is some brainstorming because every day has 24 hours. Fill up with great moments so at least one will stick in your mind each night before bedtime which could turn into something amazing someday soon.

No matter what your goals are, big or small, if there’s something you want to do, it can go on your bucket list. So, what are you waiting for? Start making your list today!

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