Creative Bucket List

In our modern world, we take pride in all the things we consume. What we buy, what we eat, what we wear. Imagine a world where we took more pride in what we put back into the world, rather than what we take out of it? Use your imagination and create things that will last longer than your time on earth. Express yourself and your unique perspective, and maybe move people to consider their own perspective in the process. The world will always be better off with more art in it, and you’ll feel better for having created something yourself.

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Plan and build my dream house

Imagine living in a house made exactly to your specifications – everything that you’d ever want in a home included. From picking the land that you’d like to build on, to designing the layout that suits your lifestyle, to decking out the new place with your own aesthetic, a house you build from scratch reflects you as you are.

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Send a message in a bottle

What would you want someone to know about you and your existence if all they had was one note? The romance of a bottle washed up on the shore from some foreign land may have diminished somewhat with the advent of social media, but the world is still a big place. Send out a message and see where fate takes it.

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Be a DJ at a party

See if you can take the party up a notch with your killer song choices. Making sure you read the room is important – you’ll be able to tell if the party guests are picking up what you’re putting down.

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Build a cool tree house for the kids

Remember the sunlit hours you spent in your treehouse as a kid? Or, if you didn’t have one, how you secretly (or loudly) pined for one? Kids these days spend too much time on their iPads – build a cool treehouse so they want to at least sit outside while they’re playing they’re video games. And who knows, maybe they’ll give you a hand and you can make a project out of it.

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Plant a herb garden

Tending to a garden and helping things grow is a nice way to cultivate your green thumb and get back to nature in the privacy of your own backyard. Plus, eating the things you grow is not only way fresher and more delicious, it feels great to cook truly from scratch.

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Build a huge lego model

There is nothing more cathartic than clicking pieces of lego together into something that resembles a building, or car, or spaceship, or whatever you like. It’s like a 1000 piece puzzle but in 3D – and you can go rogue and create what you want, and it’s still not wrong.

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Build a piece of furniture

And we don’t mean after a visit to Ikea. Pick out your own materials, the timber and metals and whatever you need, then spend time measuring and constructing a piece that will live in your home. It will have so much more meaning for you, and chances are you won’t throw it away in a hurry – a good lesson in this disposable culture.

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Build a pond in my backyard

Ponds are a great way to encourage natural wildlife around your backyard, and they look beautiful. If you’ve got the space, digging out a hole and adding water, fish, and plants, is a lovely addition to any backyard.

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Build a puzzle

If you’ve got a night or five free, buy yourself a 1000-piece puzzle and get puzzling.

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Build an art collection

You’ll start to learn what you do and don’t like in art, what your style is and appreciate the art that really speaks to you. Building a personal art style makes you not just better at art, but more introspective and in-tune with yourself as you learn what resonates with you.

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Buy and paint a hippie Van

Hippie vans symbolise freedom – from cares and responsibilities, from social norms, from a rigid 9-to-5. Your van is your escape route, your own private world. Buy one, do it up inside to make it cosy, and give it a fancy lick of paint. It’s a great way to not just see the world, but really experience it up close.

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Digitize my entire photo collection

By scanning in all your old photos, you can store them much more easily and keep them in perfect condition forever. It’s also easier to sort, share, and flick through old memories when they’re on a computer screen or your phone. Don’t throw out the originals though!

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Display my art in a gallery

If you’ve got even just one piece of art that you’re proud of, you should put it on display and show the world! Your talents are worth sharing as art is subjective and everyone will take something different from your piece. Art doesn’t necessarily have to be technically “good” to say something or move its audience. You just need to be bold enough to share what you have to say.

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Do a nude life drawing of someone

The physical form is a work of art all by itself, so why not go to a life drawing class and appreciate it in all its glory? By taking the time to study how it all comes together as you sketch it, you’ll appreciate all the light and shade in the curves as well while you practice your drawing techniques.

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Finish a 10000 piece puzzle

You may have to give up your dining room table or a floor of a whole bedroom for a few months, but working on a 10,000-piece puzzle is relaxing and cathartic, as well as a really cool thing to say that you persevered through. The end result will be stunning, and you’ll develop a whole new level of patience.

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Get a lead role in a play

It’s your time to shine, baby! If you’ve ever wanted to have all eyes on you for an extended period of time, audition for the lead role in a play. You’ll make new friends, get to express yourself creatively, and there’s nothing like the rush of nailing the opening night!

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Get a photograph published in National Geographic

If you’ve got a camera (or these days just a smartphone) then get out there and start snapping the world around you. The natural world is in a constant state of flux, so capturing an image that resonates isn’t just important to keep track of what we have, but necessary for keeping people engaged with the world around them. It isn’t easy to get published in this world renowned magazine, but you’ll learn so many new things while you try.

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Get my own YouTube channel

These days the only things stopping you from putting yourself out there are your own time and effort. The internet will provide you an audience for pretty much anything you want to talk about, all you have to do is create the content and put yourself out there. You may even surprise yourself how fun filming and editing your own content actually is!

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Make a kite and fly it

Like Mary Poppins said, ‘With a tuppence for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings!’. While it may cost a little more than a tuppence these days, building your own kite is still a fairly cheap and easy way to spend an afternoon. And if you can get it soaring through the air, well done!

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Try karaoke

If you’ve never belted out a song into a microphone, please get yourself to the nearest karaoke room and give this a go. Pick out your favourite song (it helps if you already know most of the words, but they’re written there for you if you forget). The best part is, no one expects you to be any good, so no one can make fun of you. Them’s the rules of karaoke.

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Write a book that inspires people

Go on a holiday and write the next Eat. Pray. Love, or sit down and try to craft a parable like The Alchemist. Books that inspire people tend to have a fairly simple message, and a journey for the character to go on to arrive at that message. Make the hardships the character faces challenging but easy to relate to, so that your audience sees themselves in your protagonist.

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Write a children’s book

Children’s books are usually only twenty pages or so, which is great if you only have a really short story idea. Rhyming is always a good way to go, and make sure that the problem the character faces is relatable for little kids, and easily resolved. Kids don’t appreciate ambiguous endings, it just confuses them.

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Write a song and record It

Recording your own song really isn’t that hard these days – you can sing it all into your computer, mix it and create the instrumentals on a computer, then send it out to the world via your computer. Open up a Soundcloud account and start making some tracks! You’ll never be discovered if you don’t put yourself out there.

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Write for a TV sitcom

A notoriously difficult career to get into, writing for a TV sitcom is also the most fun you can have in a job. Sitting around with cool people making jokes all day? Yes please. Start out by writing a spec script – pick a show you really like and write a script for an episode of that show. If it’s good enough you may get asked to write more, or to join their writing team!

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Go on a painting holiday in Rome

Rome has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, as well as some incredible history. You’ll be inspired as you take in the gorgeous old landmarks and rugged landscapes. You can join tours where they’ll take you to sites with great views, and tutor you on techniques to get the most out of your trip. A great way to learn while you… roam.

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Take a photo every day for a month

By challenging yourself to take a photo every day, you’ll start to see beauty in the mundane, and learn how to create great photos through perspective, contrast etc. It’s also a lovely way to create a visual diary – and if you post them to a social media site like Instagram, you may even start to create a bit of a profile.

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Have my own art room

Take a space in your house that you don’t use for anything else, so that you’re not always obliged to clear everything away after each session. A study or room gives you privacy to create, and you can keep it in whatever condition you like. If you can hide away from all the distractions of the rest of the house, you may just surprise yourself with the kind of work you can do!

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Write a novel

It’s been said that everybody has at least one novel floating around in their noggin, just waiting to pop out. Unfortunately, novels take a really long time to “pop out”, so to speak, which is why not everyone actually writes one. Take the time to sit down and flesh out a story, then get started. It may take months or years but the process of writing will make you a better writer, so even if no one ends up reading it, it won’t be a waste of time.

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Graffiti something legally

While graffiti without permission is basically just vandalism, graffiti on a wall that you’re allowed to use is a public expression of your artwork. It could be a social or political message, or just something nice that you think would add to people’s day when they see it. Good graffiti is actually really hard to do, so next time you come across a really good piece (even if it’s plastered somewhere it shouldn’t be) take a minute to appreciate the complexity of the art – and the message within it.

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Join a book club

Read books you perhaps wouldn’t normally pick up, and then discuss your interpretation of them. It’s always fascinating to see how different people react to the same thing – some might hate a particular character, others might love them. Either way, it’s always good to sit down and dish about something you’ve just read with people who know what you’re talking about.

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