Four Reasons To Stop Making Bucket Lists

Four Reasons Why You Should Never Make A Bucket List

Mortality- we're confronted with it in many forms, whether it be the death of a close family member or the quick demise of a fish that we won at the carnival. It's a part of life that we have to accept, whether we like it or not. But is accepting mortality expressed by making a list of the things that we want to do before we meet our unfortunate end? No, it not. And here's four reasons why you should never make a bucket list.

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1. Goals are ever-changing.

Perhaps you make a list at this point in your life filled with goals and this you want to accomplish before you die. Going off of the assumptions that bucket lists are intended to be accomplished at a moderate pace (a lifelong pace, if you will), you'll most likely not want to accomplish the same goals for your entire life. Aspirations are fickle and evolve as we do, and bucket lists aren't orientated to facilitate this sort of growth.

2. Placing satisfaction on external factors is dicey.

It's safe to say that many people make bucket lists out of dissatisfaction with their current lives in hopes that things will improve if they take action, in the form of crossing off tasks. But what does this say about happiness? Will the happiness be lasting if it does not come from changes made to the individual? Probably not. Instead of placing one's value and satisfaction with life on the ability to complete tasks, we should be satisfied within ourselves first. That is where intrinsic happiness comes from, which follows us no matter what we're accomplishing.

3. You'll most likely never complete it.

Another thing about bucket lists is that...they don't get done. And what's the point of making a list that doesn't get done?? Please, someone, tell me. As aforementioned, as one grows and evolves and their goals changes, things will just be added and added to the list. To some the endless mountain of tasks many seem motivational and a propellant to accomplishing more, but to me, it seems counterproductive.

4. If you ever complete it (which you won't), then what?

If you're one of the only people on the face of the Earth to accomplish everything on your bucket list (while still being alive, of course), what do you do next? Logically, you may as well die, right? Since there's nothing else you want to do that would bring satisfaction to your life. Yeah, no, I didn't think so. The premise simply doesn't make sense, and it's not reasonable to expect to be completely happy with your life after you cross a few things of the checklist.


So please, do yourself a favor, and stop making the Bucket Lists, and just go out there and live. You'll be happy you did.

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To The Person Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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