Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our Disney Bucket Lists and what you should add to yours… but first, WHY you need a Disney Bucket List in the first place!
I’m a huge fan of bucket lists. I always have been, though I suppose I did need a little change of perspective to really begin to understand their power. (You can read about that here, if you’re so inclined, and check out my “adventure list” for life in general.)
Sometimes bucket lists can be overwhelming. For example, I can’t even begin to fathom what it would take for me to visit every country in the world – but when I allow myself to dream about doing so, and more importantly to consider why I would want to do it in the first place, I learn something about myself. I learn how much it means to me to discover new cultures and connect with all different kinds of people. How much it means to me to see the unique people, places, and things that fill our planet.
I have a couple of friends that do a lot of work with the idea of bucket lists – and I really owe my new perspective to them. In a nutshell, here’s what they say about “living your list“:
“We are what we repeatedly do… it’s not about doing stuff for the sake of adrenaline. It’s about living to your full potential every day. It’s about being the best possible version of you. If you Live Your List you are taking control of your destiny. You are living an inspired life full of adventure and intrigue as a lifelong learner.”
In a conversation I had with one of the Live Your List guys on my show, Ryan Eller told me they’ve found that almost every time someone starts making a bucket list, it goes through phases. Part of it is about accomplishing fun things for the sake of doing them – usually involving adventure or travel. But eventually, as someone really looks at what would make their life one of fulfillment, the list starts to take on a secondary role. I’m not going to suggest that having a bucket list answers the question, “What is the meaning of life?” but I will say that the tendency is to begin looking at what is important to the list creator, and perhaps opening their eyes a bit to a greater purpose.
Super heavy for a Disney post? Sorry. I’m back to the topic at hand though, and glad you stuck with me this long 🙂
A Disney Bucket List?
I want to go on an Adventures by Disney trip because they look like more fun than I can imagine. My family wouldn’t mind going on a thousand more cruises, because they’re fun and (usually) warm and take us to beautiful places. We will return to Disney parks over and over again, Lord-willing, because they make us happy. But honestly, there’s more to it than that.
When I travel with my family we remember – even if closer quarters don’t magically end fighting – how much we actually like spending time together. We create memories that we could’ve never planned for.
When my husband and I were struggling with infertility, I felt in Walt Disney World queues more than any other place (super weird, I know…) that whatever our family would ultimately look like, we were going to be ok.
The details and backstories and “stop and smell the roses” moments we’ve had on Disney vacations have allowed us to practice that same habit elsewhere.
When I began writing about Disney – travel, entertainment, history, etc – it was because I enjoyed it. But doing so allowed me to connect with people over the past few years, and to discover how much I enjoy encouraging people – as I try to remind myself – what it looks like to live a life of delight even in between trips and big moments.
Even something as simple as making a goal to watch through all of the Disney movies as a family has allowed us to create and enjoy unique experiences, some of which were even educational.
I have a Disney Bucket List, and a lot of the stuff on there is just fluff. But then again, maybe vacations with family and friends – including taking multiple generations on trips or providing experiences for someone who might not otherwise have the chance – will change our family for the better. Maybe visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum will inspire my kids to dream big. Maybe looking back on our visit to Aulani will remind us how beautiful and diverse God’s creation truly is.
Each new runDisney event we participate in may allow us to get or remain one step closer to optimal health. A cabana on Castaway Cay might pull us away from the real world right when truly we need a bit of an escape. Seeing The Little Mermaid on Broadway may be the catalyst for my children to utilize the talents they’ve been given.
Dr. Suess said (in a book I think every adult should reread at least once a year),
“Out there things can happen and frequently do, to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too….
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting… so get on your way!”
It’s true: sometimes in life the vacations we take, movies we watch, and games we play are absolutely, 100% for fun and only fun. I think that’s ok, actually… but I also think sometimes there’s more to life if we look for the joy and the lessons in the little things. And I think that as any Disney fan knows, the Disney universe has plenty of opportunities for exploration.
Do you have a Disney Bucket List? If so, I’d love to see a link to it (or any Bucket List you might have). If not, what would be the first item on your list?
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Disney Bucket Lists Loop:
- 1st Stop – Frontierland Station | Disney Parks Around the World
- 2nd Stop – My Dreams of Disney | Disney Bucket List: Celebrating Christmas at WDW!
- 3rd Stop – Cool Nouns | Touring Disney Animation Studios and Pixar
- 4th Stop – What’s the Point? | Step Inside Disney History at the Walt Disney Family Museum
- 5th Stop – The Delightful Life | YOU ARE HERE 🙂