I got the title, and the idea, from a movie of the same name, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Two terminal cancer patients who fate throw into the same room decide to spend some time doing things on a "Bucket List," a list of things to do before you, well, kick the bucket.
I've decided I need a Bucket List, not because I have only months to live, but because an awful lot of what I'm doing now I wouldn't call living.
This isn't an exercise that should be done solo, unless one is planning to leave one's family. And since my family is the one thing in my life that I most want to keep, I'll do this with my family, so that we can decide on and share these experiences together.
Not that I won't have specific wishes that are mine alone, or mine and my wife's and none of the children's business. But it would much more exciting for everyone if we have things in our lives that we really, really wanted to do that we could share with each other.
Not to do someday. But to do as soon as we possibly can. Because we may not have only months to live (or perhaps we may, fate being what it is), but neither are we going to live forever.