Bucket Listories

Hi all! Below is a series of man-on-the-street interviews I conduct with strangers, known as “Bucket Listories.” I ask the strangers two questions: 1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? and 2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

FAQ:

1). Q: These interviews are a lot like the Humans of New York Facebook Page. Is that where you got the idea from?

A: Absolutely! I was so inspired when I found Brandon Stanton’s Facebook Page and thought that centering my interviews around people’s bucket lists and accomplishments, and interviewing people from not just New York, but anywhere I go, might be a fun twist on a similar project.

2). Q: Did you draw inspiration for these ideas from anywhere else?

A: Yup! Actually, this summer, before I really came across the “Humans of New York” Facebook page, I decided it would be fun to interview 25 random people on the streets of New York and ask them what the #1 item they want to cross off their bucket lists is. However, finding Stanton’s page inspired me to add photos.

3). Q: Do you really not know any of the people you interview?

A: Nope! They are all strangers.

Bucket Listory #20

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

Finishing an interview.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Finishing this interview.

Bucket Listory #19

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

To learn manual.

[Like for a car?]

You can interpret that any way you want.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Most recently, I completed an internship in the cyber forensics branch in the Department of Homeland Security.

Bucket Listory #18

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

I’ve been writing music with my friends for the past couple years, so it would be really cool to play a show.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Just off the top of my head, I did a research project for high school for prostate cancer and I took it to the local science fair, but then it went to the international level.

Bucket Listory #17

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

I want to go back to Europe really bad. I went to Germany and Italy in high school.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

I work in an eye doctor’s office, which was really hard to get, which is really exciting because I want to go to grad school for optometry or for physical therapy.

Bucket Listory #16

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

To travel the world.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Being alive.

Bucket Listory #15

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

I want to teach elementary school in an inner city area.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Being someone that I’m proud of.

Bucket Listory #14

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list?

To win the lottery.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

I drove across the country in 42 hours straight. I used to be in the marine corps and I drove from San Diego to Delaware in 42 hours.

Bucket Listory #13

I asked a stranger:

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

There’s so many things I want to do. I want to smoke DMT.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Taking care of my dog and getting out of high school.

Bucket Listory #12

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

Flying in a jet fighter about 50 feet off the ground. I’ve jumped out of them.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

The four children that I’ve had and raised, four boys actually.

Bucket Listory #11

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To sky dive!

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

My answer is going to sound a little crude.

[Crude is totally acceptable].

Losing my virginity.

[Guy next to him: You did?]

Bucket Listory #10

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

I want to work out and get a six pack and good muscles.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Coming to America.

Bucket Listory #9

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To take a cruise.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

My son.

Bucket Listory #8

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To go sky diving.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

You sweetie (to his girlfriend).

Bucket Listory #7

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

Despite the fact that we’re divorced now, I married and found the one man I truly loved, so I have nothing left on my bucket list.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

My three children and my grandchildren.

Bucket Listory #6

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To drink coffee!

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

I made two films.

Bucket Listory #5

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To stop selling cars.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

My daughter.

Bucket Listory #4

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

Left: To go into finance.

Right: To be an engineer.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Left: Coming to the U.S.

Right: Coming to the U.S.

Bucket Listory #3

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

To travel to Africa.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Graduating college.

Bucket Listory #2

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

I guess to just be happy and not have to worry about things anymore.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

So far, probably getting my college degree.

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1). What is the number one item you want to cross off your bucket list? 

Just off the top of my head, and you know, Newark can be a pretty boring place, to do some expensive traveling would be nice.

2). What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far?

Turning my life over to the Lord and just letting the Lord take care of me. I just wish I had done that so much longer ago.

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44 Responses to Bucket Listories

  1. sowayfarer says:

    Keep it up! I really like these random mini interviews.

  2. Lisa says:

    I really like this concept! What a great way to get to know the people in your world! You’ve done a wonderful job with this project so far – keep up the good work!

  3. I love it! You’ve inspired me to start a similar list – how does making music make you feel. Stay tuned (pun absolutely intended). . .

  4. danapod says:

    Love this concept! I look forward to reading more.

  5. cornelking says:

    Really, am just gonna do same thing in Lagos… am moved!

  6. This makes me so happy! The fact that you take your time interacting with complete strangers makes me smile. Not a lot of people approach strangers because we live in such a society where people just walk by strangers and don’t even make eye contact. We’re all people and you never know what great human you could meet by doing this! Gives me an idea to do the same thing and see the interesting people I run into! Love it keep it up 🙂

    • Aww thank you so much for this kind feedback; it really made my day 🙂 I totally agree about the “we’re all people” comment; my mom is always saying that phrase and it really puts things in perspective! Let me know if you start doing this and I’ll really look forward to reading them!

  7. I like that you did this. Theyre so much fun to read!

  8. It is very inspiring and uplifting. Thanks.

  9. Wow…This is wonderful…Loved reading it…Got me thinking as well 🙂 Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  10. This is so refreshing. I’d love to give this a try in my area. These simple questions inspire one to do a quick reality check (yes I am admittedly talking about my own thoughts, haha.), which I think we all need once in a while. So glad I encountered your blog!

  11. hemaldave says:

    very unique project ..wonderful …keep going ..and do the best

  12. This is a really clever initiative and I wish you the best with it. Many of the responses so far have been flippant and some surprised me but it’s number 2 that I think showed the most insight because I believe that happiness is the key and nothing else can truly alleviate the absence of happiness.

  13. Andy says:

    Great project! Reading different responses from people of all walks of life really gives an insight about who they are. Beautiful 🙂

  14. i love the no fear attitude of street interviews, good for you and thank you for following my blog writings from a dandelion

  15. Yogi says:

    Aww… We are literally doing the same project of random street Interviews, but you have a good focused questionnaire! Though my format is different, including your questions and the photograph would help immensely!
    Thanks for the idea!

  16. Jen Smith says:

    This is so cool! I love it! Thanks for following my blog too 😀

  17. Kate says:

    Very cool idea! Looks like you are very creative with the scope of your blog.

  18. kristalee004 says:

    I love these stories! You get to peer into people’s lives and learn briefly about their passions.. absolutely amazing. Also, thank you for following my blog – that was a sweet surprise! 🙂

  19. hannahcoral says:

    Great idea, I loved reading all of these stories!

  20. mendesashley says:

    Thanks for the follow Christine! I’ve been clicking around your blog and love all of your creative ideas, you are such an inspiring woman and have gained another follower in me! I can’t wait to read about what you have been up to and your accomplishments. xox -Ashley
    ashleyinadventureland.wordpress.com

  21. Raj Vora says:

    Awesome COncept!!! It will remind all of them their bucket list!!! Will try to something like this, but will start with acquaintances

  22. Dear Christine Barba

    “What is the best thing you believe you have accomplished in life so far? Being alive”

    I found this simple answer meaningful.

  23. ktdlzll says:

    This is so cool! I am so glad I found your blog. So inspirational to read when there is so much negativity everywhere,.

  24. Goodness, I adore this project of yours! People are so quirky and delightful, aren’t they? Maybe you can turn this series into a book someday?

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