I had come up with twelve things for my list in December when my daughter had suggested it to me, and then I lost momentum and basically forgot about it until this month when I actually completed one of the items I had listed: getting a professional massage (other than at the chiropractor's office). But this morning I woke up full of inspiration, and after hours (yes, hours) of perusing bucket list ideas online, I finally finished selecting my twenty items.
Part of the fun of reading other people's bucket lists was being able to see that I had actually accomplished a number of the things others are aspiring to. I wish I had begun a second list of accomplishments completed, sort of a bucket list in hindsight, so I would have it ready to pull out when I am feeling down or uninspired or when I'm being self-critical. It would be nice to be able to look at it and remind myself of all that I have done so far. Maybe I will make such a list at some point.
Of course, with my memory issues, I would also need a list for the items that I may have done and forgotten about. I came across this problem mostly in people's lists of place they wanted to go and what they wanted to see there. I spent a year in Europe, but I am hard-pressed to remember which cities I went to or what museums or historical or cultural sites I visited, etc. But going to Europe isn't on my 20-in-20 list, so I at least don't have to worry about repeating myself.
I don't consider the list to be etched in stone. If something loses it's appeal, I'll remove it from the list. If I gain a new aspiration, I'll add it on. The idea is to keep working on it, to keep progressing and learning and experiencing new things.
Now I have to decide what items to tackle next: learn tai chi, take that hot air balloon ride, get that next tattoo... It's going to be a cool twenty