By Kristen Linsalata
For some, a bucket list is a rite of passage that is individualistic in nature. A bucket list takes a person’s innermost desires and goals, and compiles them into a list to be completed before they die. One might believe that this is a morbid reminder of death, but for some, a bucket list is an exuberant reminder to live, not to just exist in a world of complacency.
“To be honest, I never saw a bucket list as being a list of things to complete before you die,” said Danielle Sposato, a sophomore English Literature major. “I see it [as] more of a plan for life. My whole life is a bucket list.”
Sposato’s bucket list used to have an entirely different meaning before she met her boyfriend, which by itself was a completion
of the most important part of her list. “One of [my] major [goals] was love. It is kind of weird to think that love is an
accomplishment. It used to be a dream for me. I am only 20-years-old, but I have always fantasized about soul mates and all of that,” Sposato said.
Now, instead of viewing a bucket list as a list of things that she wants to do, Sposato looks at it as an opportunity to make memories with her boyfriend. “Because of him, my bucket list has been altered. That’s what is so interesting about bucket lists; they aren’t permanent,” she said.
However, for some students like Candice Licalzi, a senior Fine Arts major, a bucket list is a reminder to find out more about the world and to become as educated as she can with the time that she has on Earth.
“My bucket list is to understand why certain things happen,” Licalzi said.
“To find out why people behave the way that they do. I want to be able to travel to places like Hiroshima and Egypt to better understand the world. You only live once, so why not be able to see the whole world?”
For Licalzi, traveling is the central focus for her bucket list. The experiences will allow her to broaden her horizons by exploring all that the world has to offer. “At the end of my days, I could say that I learned something; I saw the world, and I don’t have any more questions,” Licalzi said.
Many students at LIU Post put traveling at the top of their lists, or mentioned getting married or falling in love. Natalie Sorge, a junior Public Relations major, couples both of these areas in her list that contains 177 things to do before she dies. Sorge has already completed some of her items, including riding the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel on the south bank of the River Thames in London, and traveling to Barcelona, Spain.
“I really want to swim in all of the Great Lakes, visit all of the Disney parks all over the world, go to Vegas for my 21st birthday in July, and visit Ireland,” Sorge said.
Much like Sposato, Sorge’s bucket list also focuses on love. As Sorge pointed to the promise ring on her finger, she revealed that one of the most important things on her bucket list is to get married to her boyfriend and to have their honeymoon in Santorini, Greece. One thing that human beings are bonded by is the fact that we will not live forever. For some, a bucket list might seem like a silly activity. However, for many, it is a reminder that the time we have on this earth is limited, and we should make the most of it.