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Never too young to start a bucket list

Posted: March 16, 2017 5:48 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Anna Mock

A bucket list need not become a consideration only for the midlife crises victims or terminally ill. In fact, any time is a good time to put some consideration into that good old bucket. Bucket lists can help us to have goals to aim towards and therefore help us to lead happier lives due to the sense of newfound purpose.

As I reflect on the things I would want to have on my bucket list, it occurs to me that a lot of those things aren’t experiences but more so things I want to accomplish. There’s nothing wrong with zip-lining in the jungle, but I feel less interest in that than I do in, say, getting over my shyness. 

Before I die, I definitely want to get over my shyness. Anyone who knows me knows that this is a big inhibitor for me. It occurs to me that this may be largely a personality trait and not something I can do very much to fix, but it still remains a goal for me to become the most extroverted version of myself I can possibly be, even if that means not very.

Before I die, I want to achieve routine happiness. I want to fall in love with my career and wake up happy and be happy to go to work. Also, between work and other responsibilities, I want to have time to pursue artistic hobbies. I hope to still write and play instruments and draw outside of whatever my job may be because all these hobbies are very meaningful to me.

Before I die, I want to become as kind of a person as I possibly can be, and if I do end up having kids, I definitely want to be a good mother. With all the bad that is in the world today, there definitely needs to be some good to balance it out, and I want to try to be that good.

Besides all of those gushy words, there are still a few actual experiences that I would like to have. 

Going to a concert of a band that I really like is definitely at the top of my list. I play a few instruments and I really enjoy music. However, I have never really been to a concert of an artist that I really like, and I want to go to at least one concert (but hopefully many more!) and have a really good time.

I also want to perform in a big venue. Nothing too fancy, but after I play guitar for a few more years and hopefully master the instrument I’d really like to showcase my skills and show off all the blood sweat and tears I’ve put into guitar over the years. I’d also like to play in some sort of band before I die. 

There you have it, folks, Anna Mock’s bucket list. This is by no means all-inclusive but I think I went over the items that were of most priority to me. If you have learned anything at all from reading this column it’s probably that I’m a big corny music geek, but I hope that my geekiness inspires you, too, to compose a bucket list. You may be glad you did.

Anna Mock is a Junior at Camden High School and is an editor of the Palmetto Leaf.

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