The term “bucket list” was coined by a Hollywood screenwriter who used it as the core idea behind writing the movie, The Bucket List. You've probably seen or heard about it. Fun fact: the first item in the man's bucket list was to have a screenplay produced into a major motion picture. Well, congratulations.
A bucket list contains things you want to do before you 'kick the bucket', as in, before you die. Our own little lists have grown as we have, with items gaining or losing their numerical position. Some have been edited, some struck through, and some have been checked for good.
It's always exciting to have a list of wishes/goals/dreams/aspirations to work towards. In the case of a bucket list, one has their entire life to tick all the boxes. It doesn't matter if the number one spot in your list is “be able to speak five languages” or “perform at a sold-out Wembley Stadium” – the satisfaction upon fulfilment is the same.
What's more satisfying? Ticking off an item you didn't know was on the list.
– Kazi Akib Bin Asad, Sub-editor, SHOUT