Get Inspired to Start a Bucket List!

Although I’ve already added some of these authors, bloggers, books, etc to my “Inspiration” page, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list of ten people, books, videos, and/or television shows that might inspire you to create either your own bucket list, year-in-the-life project, or life-project The list is in no particular order, as I find them all incredibly inspirational:

1. Noelle Hancock, who wrote My Year with Eleanor, a memoir based on Hancock’s decision to conquer her fears after losing her job when she was about to turn twenty-nine. As the book review states, inspiration struck her one day “in the form of a quote on a chalkboard in a coffee shop: ‘Do one thing every day that scares you’ – Eleanor Roosevelt.” Hancock decides to spend the months leading up to her thirtieth birthday conquering her fears, some of which include interviewing her ex boyfriends, taking fighter pilot lessons, going shark diving, and taking tap dancing lessons. To learn more about her inspiring book, check out her interview on YouTube!

2. Gretchen Rubin, who wrote The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. She now has a very successful blog that was born as part of her project. As the summary to her book states, Rubin’s epiphany comes on a city bus when she realizes she is not focusing on things that really matter. Although she is not unhappy and has a loving, supportive family, she decides to dedicate a year to her happiness project and dedicates each month to finding ways she can be happier. She builds on the methods she finds each month until at the end of the year, she tries to employ all of them.

3. Zach Sobiech, who recently died of cancer and left behind one of the most inspirational videos I have ever seen. As he says in his video, “I want everyone to know, you don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.” “Clouds,” the song he wrote for his family and friends, has now become a No. 1 hit on iTunes. Just watching his twenty-minute video illustrates what a genuine, strong person he was.

4. The film, Pay it Forward, which resulted from Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book by the same name. The film follows a middle school boy’s efforts to make the world a better place, inspired by his social studies teacher’s assignment. Trevor decides that after he helps three people, those people can pay the deeds forward by doing three more good deeds for other people.

5. The documentary Craiglist Joe, in which Joe sees if, with no money or contacts, he can survive off the good deeds of other people who he finds through Craigslist. During this experience, he is able to travel across the United States, take various lessons, and nearly every night, find shelter thanks to others’ kind acts.

6. The television show The Buried Life in which four guys try to do 100 things before they die, while helping others cross off items on their own lists.

7. The film The Bucket List staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Enough said.

8. Annette, the inspiring blogger behind the blog Bucket List Journey, where she documents her incredible experiences as she crosses items off her bucket lists.

9. Sebastian Terry, who wrote the book 100 Things: What’s on Your List, where he documents his decision to do 100 things he’s always wanted to do after the loss of his friend.

10. The World of Jenks, an MTV show that explores the lives of inspirational young people.

I would definitely recommend looking into any of these people, books, blogs, television shows, or films if you have not yet heard of them!

Does anyone have any other recommendations to add to the list? I’d also love to hear your thoughts about these suggestions!

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48 Responses to Get Inspired to Start a Bucket List!

  1. Your blog is an inspiration for writing a bucket list too!! Celeste 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    Great list to get started! I’ve been thinking about a bucket list for a while, but haven’t put one together yet. This post just might be the inspiration I need. 🙂

  3. I’m looking forward to checking out this list. I love the Happiness Project – Such a simple, yet powerful approach to adding a bit of happy into our lives. 🙂

  4. Pat Sellon says:

    Love all your wonderful suggestions. I love the book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield! Take a look.

  5. bklynboy59 says:

    this is excellent I couldn’t think of anything to add to this , you are a breath of fresh air , you are an inspiration to all who read your blog. Keep it up

  6. tonicscale says:

    You know, Since I’ve started reading your blog. I’ve been inspired to do much. At 56 (This Thursday) I’ve been many places and done many things, I’ve been in 27 countries, I’ve Been in Deep Love, I’ve been so angry I thought it was going to be the end of all things… However there’s always Love and the Love we have for life and what we would do if it ever came close to the end. So, as God does with me, I was informed I have Several Cancers and a few areas of my body. Well, heh, ya gotta think, is this the end and am I going to suffer. Heh, no… LoL… I have a powerful will to live and a great faith in God and more friends than I ever could imagine. I’m sure if it’s time for me to go home then so be it, but I’m think’n it’s time for us all to teach… And that my dear friend is what you do. You are a great wealth of Hope and Faith in a life, no matter at what end of the spectrum, somehow, there is no doubt… With Brothers and Sisters like you, there is that proverbial light that shines on a beach, with a volley ball net for all to play, and if you have never done that well, here’s your chance…. Do It!!! So… A new Bucket list is in order for me… It just keeps gettin better… Thank You… Be well and God Bless… Peace…

    • Wow, this post was one of the nicest things I have ever read; thank you so much for such sweet words and you really did make my day. I know it sounds like a really cliche statement, but I’m being genuine when I say your comment actually made me tear up a little (but in a really nice way). It’s wonderful to hear that you are still searching for new items to add to your bucket list and I think that also makes you both an amazing and strong teacher for others! I completely agree that a love for life is so important, as you mention. I’m also amazed you’ve been to 27 countries; that is so neat! A very happy happy early birthday to you and I can’t wait to keep reading your blog! Thank you again for such kind words and I am so glad you decided to create a new bucket list

  7. Very nice post. Everyone should have one. You’ve only have one go at life.
    Funnily enough I actually wrote mine down today.

  8. I’m so glad that you “liked” my post “My Empty Bucket List” – Thank you! That led me to your blog and now I follow you! Another great article today! Very inspirational!

  9. Glenn says:

    Ray Mears is worth a mention, he has written several books on surviving outdoors and all his TV series are definitely worth a watch.

  10. Philip Casteleyn says:

    There is a Ted Talk by Ric Elias

    this was for me a big eye opener

  11. optimisticgladness says:

    I lOVE your list. Wanna see Craiglist Joe now!

  12. savvybear1981 says:

    Reblogged this on Straight From The Savvybear.

  13. Annette says:

    Thanks so much for including me on your list and introducing me to a few new ways to get inspired 🙂

  14. parth893 says:

    Got Inspired 😀 You Are Awesome ,

  15. masterd78 says:

    Looks like I better get on this and start my own bucket list! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Avril Cadden says:

    Great list! I’m going to check these out, some of them I don’t know. Love your blog too, great photos, and inspiring. Thanks for stopping by my blog too. Happy writing! X

  17. I have a similar blog! But I call mine the Relish List (instead of a bucket list of things I want to do before I die, I made a wish list of experiences for this year instead of new year’s resolutions. Resolutions + Wish List = Relish List). It’s been a lot of fun and definitely keeps me motivated.

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