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”.) But I totally understand why you may be asking, “What on earth is a Disney Bucket List?!”
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 dream about doing so, and more importantly 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, 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. Back to the topic at hand…
A Disney Bucket List?
I always wanted to go on an Adventures by Disney trip because they looked like more fun than I could imagine. (Update: they are that much fun and more!) My family wouldn’t mind going on a thousand more cruises, because they’re fun and take us to beautiful places. We will return to Disney parks over and over again 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 so many wonderful people, and has helped me remember what it looks like to live a life of delight – even in between trips and big moments.
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.
But why make a Disney Bucket List?
I have a Disney Bucket List, and a lot of the stuff on there is just fluff. 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 everyone 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.
Pin this for later inspiration, or a reminder to update YOUR Disney Bucket List!
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?
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