Did you start this new year with high hopes? Me, too. Many of us create Bucket Lists with huge expectations for the year. If you’re like almost everyone, I bet you never dreamed that life could get as crazy as it has this year. With that in mind, let’s create a revised and 2020 appropriate Bucket List.

  1. Swim in the Pacific Ocean? How about we replace that with splashing in your wading pool in the backyard.
  2. Visit a Castle? We could possibly have a family Lego castle-building marathon.
  3. Bungie Jumping? Do you have a trampoline that you could bounce on?
  4. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon? Fill water balloons and have a good ole’ battle!
  5. Tour a jungle overseas? Try to walk through your teenager’s bedroom.
  6. Italian fashion show? Well, we could start by putting on real pants.
  7. Attend a Tea Tasting? Buy a tea sampler and have a real tea party.
  8. Attend the US Open Tennis Tournament? It’s closed to fans, so have a blast watching it on tv.
  9. Attend an International Film Festival? Check out Prime Video.
  10. Eating a fine meal in Paris? Get a Julia Childs cookbook and make your own.

These are all just for fun, of course. But, we need a few laughs about now. There are so many really cool things to add to our bucket lists to finish up this chaotic year. Here are some ideas that might really work:

Outdoor Movie
  • Visit a local or nearby state park (socially distancing, of course) and picnic or camp. Relax!
  • Hike somewhere new.
  • Dress up and watch an opera on PBS.
  • Learn a new language. Mango is free digitally at many libraries.
  • Learn to play Chess with your spouse.
  • Youtube-learn anything. (sew, cross-stitch, karate, meditate, sign language, computer skill)
  • Read a book that you’ve always wanted to finish.
  • Start a blog.
  • Adopt a pet.
  • Start or finish an online degree.
  • Fund-raise for your favorite charity.
  • Create a family tree on Ancestry.com.
  • Stargaze with a telescope.
  • Become a mentor or tutor online.
  • Go to a drive-in movie.
  • Have an outdoor movie night in your yard.
  • Create your own Youtube video. Have fun.
  • Make and bury a time capsule.
  • Dance or splash in the rain.
  • Create art using things you find in your recycle bin.
Splashing in Rain

I’m sure that you can think of tons of things to do, that you have never done before. Create your own Bucket List for 2020, listing your dream ideas. It could be fun to do this and it can bring you many smiles during a stressful time. Let’s all work to make things better for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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Lisa Ehrman

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Jo D. · August 21, 2020 at 10:39 pm

I never create a bucket list, but I truly believe that I did not accomplish very much this year compared to previous years. The biggest problem is that I have a lot to do, but only things that I really don’t want to do, LOL!

    Lisa Ehrman · October 5, 2020 at 9:34 am

    That makes it so hard, when we have things that are dreaded. It makes it so easy for me to procrastinate. Hope that next year is better 🙂

monique s · August 22, 2020 at 7:37 am

Yes, it has been such a rough year. My bucket list for this year is just to keep the family safe and well as best I can

    Lisa Ehrman · August 22, 2020 at 9:34 am

    That is the best thing you can do. It’s getting harder all the time!

Sandy Pincombe · August 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm

I laughed about your revision of your bucket list! And I needed that laughter today after my newest EMG which was done yesterday.

    Lisa Ehrman · August 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Glad to help you get a laugh. We all need them, especially after medical procedures. I hope your pain will let up quickly.

Calvin · August 27, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Great to have a good bucket list.. surviving 2020 is one goal of mine!

    Lisa Ehrman · August 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I hear you! Praying that we all survive 🙂

Christa Sloan · August 28, 2020 at 1:06 am

I actually have accomplished more this year than I have in previous years because of the work at home opportunities. It is much easier to find a work at home job now than it was before the pandemic and I could never work at a different location because I dont have reliable transportation.

I’m in the process of getting hired full-time (fingers crossed) and I’m very excited to continue working even after the pandemic ends!

    Lisa Ehrman · August 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    That’s wonderful, Christa! Good luck in your new job 🙂

Debbie P · August 31, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Honestly the chance now in 2020 of anything on my bucket list happening is like 0%. I did enjoy your article. It made me smile.

    Lisa Ehrman · September 1, 2020 at 12:22 am

    I know what you mean, Debbie. I’m really glad that it made you smile 🙂

Deb Pelletier · September 1, 2020 at 7:55 pm

I made a list in my 20’s , I did try some of the items on my list. I’m glad I did some of them , but I do not plan to do the rest.

    Lisa Ehrman · September 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    If you’re like me, my “wants” really changed over the years.

Dana Rodriguez · September 9, 2020 at 11:56 am

These are great ideas. This year has been a rough one.

    Lisa Ehrman · September 9, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you. It certainly has. Hopefully things will get better before long 🙂

Brittany Gilley · October 5, 2020 at 7:25 am

thanks for these idea

Shannon · October 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

I love this list of things to do. I really liked the opera suggestion.

megan allen · November 14, 2020 at 10:10 am

Great ideas! Now that winter is on the horizon we won’t be going much out at all ..none of us like the cold much lol.

    Lisa Ehrman · November 14, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks! Yes, this was written more for fall 🙂

Monica McConnell · December 5, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Great list! I am starting mine now!

Heather Swanson · July 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

So many fun ideas

https://www.pinterest.ca/ronaldgagnon/ronald-gagnon/ · September 3, 2021 at 4:47 am

What an exciting and varied bucket list. Time to put one together for myself… can I borrow a few from your list?

NANCY · December 7, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Fun bucket list

Calvin · June 9, 2022 at 2:42 pm

Nice suggestions, haha. I would make my 2022 bucket list walmart version.

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