Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

How highly successful people end up living their best life possible.


11. Face your past. And then let it go.

“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

12. Make peace with who you are.

“We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.” –Lynn Hall

13. Learn to meditate.

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” –Caroline Myss

Your Top 20 Bucket List for Living the Good Life

14. Cultivate your sense of gratitude.

“Be thankful for your trials. If you’re being tested, you’re being perfected. Which means you have a divine purpose and reason to rejoice.” –Unknown

15. Accept that there will be failures and setbacks along the way, and that sometimes your progress will appear very small by comparison. Keep moving forward anyway.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 64 Comments

  1. Marie Carbell

    Great! I think everything here is very helpful. I would add: Take the time to look at the stars sometimes and realize how small we are, and how small are our issues and anxiety. It always helps me to handle my troubles with more calm…

  2. I love this! It’s very encouraging for me as an artist/entrepreneur. Just too many I can’t find all the time to do!

  3. Christina Brown

    Sounds great!! looking forward to putting these into practice. Thank you! This arrived at the right moment. There are a few similarities between some of your goals, like doing something that makes me uncomfortable and setting physical challenge for myself(i’m into cycling and running). What I love about this bucket lists is realizing how many amazing things I have already accomplished in my life. Looking forward to more inspiration from this site.

  4. Helen Franklin

    Very easy to read and apply to ones life. Some great points to ponder on stepping out of our comfort zone. I will try to set my focus inward to create a more centered, peaceful world around me and push through the other stuff. This post is so insightful and inspiring. Thanks Hilary, for taking the time present this information to us.

  5. Alice Harris

    Wonderful! i love these tips. I hope to practice each item listed.

  6. Leslie Williams

    What I most love about this article that it shows a bucket-list isn’t just about the places that you want to visit and the adventures that you want to go on. This is all about personal growth, and I really adore it! I’m adding your ideas to my list. And as I volunteer twice a week,I can already cross one thing off the list. 🙂 😉

  7. Frances Seifert

    This has completely changed my perspective. These are such striking ideas. It is so beautiful and unique that it just makes me want to write down my own list, which I’ll do at some point, and I’ll include these amazing ideas too.

  8. Amelia Beckons

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for this amazing article. I can’t even begin to tell you how inspired I am right now even though I’m not one to make bucket lists. This article inspired me to do a karma list. A list of bad things I’ve done, and I’ll work on making them right again. 🙂

  9. Diana Hewitt

    Amazing. I was just about to cross something off of my bucket list when I ran into this post. I fully agree with every point made. Your Bucket list shouldn’t just be a mindless collection of random things to do before you hit 60- though you have every right to make it just that if you want. But it should include thing about bettering yourself, trying something new, and having fun in the process.

  10. Well put! Life is way more than making a list of things that you would like to do. If you don’t think about the activities within your Bucket List, it becomes yet another “to-do” list. However, with much thought about what’s important to you and where your life is headed, your bucket list can become truly meaningful. Thank you for this article! 🙂

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