Ellen Langer

I was part of a prestigious panel in Australia and the moderator asked what was on our bucket lists. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s a list of things you want to do before “kicking the bucket,” while still healthy enough to do them.

I don’t have a bucket list, so I considered why that was the case. It wasn’t that I was too young nor without modest means to carry out whatever I might have put on it. I realized that as long as we’re happy doing whatever we’re doing, we have no need to long for anything else. When we know why we’re doing what we’re doing, i.e. living mindfully means there will be no regrets. No regrets means no need for any kind of bucket.