A bucket list is defined as a "number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime."
But what about people who have been there, done that?
Are there bucket list regrets?
Redditor itchy_18 asked:
"Anti-bucket list. What’s something you’ll never do again?"
Look Out Below
"Bungee jump.. as soon as my feet left the edge all I could think was 'well that was stupid'..."
"It was exciting and probably safe enough, but it was enough for me to know I will never willingly do that again." ~ halversonjwGiphy
"Rent a car while visiting NYC." ~ undead_opossum"That’s like asking to babysit someone’s kid on vacation." ~ Glass_Anvil1
Not So Rockin'
"Go to Times Square for New Year's Eve."
"Looks great on TV, not great in person unless you pay to get in the walled off area." ~ Newfounder8
"I had a couple friends who went a few years ago and they said they wore diapers because they knew their weren’t enough bathrooms." ~ Nownownowow
"As a local, you will not catch me within a 15 block area of Times Square on NYE. I've gone down to the city a few times for NYE, but Hell no I'm not going to Times Square."
"Spend like 12 hours waiting for a 1 minute ball drop. Yes there's some entertainers and stuff coming out, but they do like one song and you go back to freezing your a** off in your soiled Depends." ~ flateric420
"If you're not pissing yourself in a crowd of thousands, are you really celebrating the new year?" ~ toetenvegerGiphy
Give It Your All
"Assume that every coworker is a friend." ~ chrwiakgjw462q1
"Amen, I truly believed most of my colleagues were friends in a place I used to work, to the point I’d go above and beyond to help them. Even if it was rarely if ever reciprocated."
"Yet whenever I needed help they were nowhere to be found or were ‘busy’. If I got in trouble they were quick to throw me under the bus without hesitation and would lie to my face about doing so."
"Then when I realised finally that I couldn’t keep working that way and decided to distance myself more, suddenly I became ‘unapproachable’ or ‘unfriendly’ and that was a problem. Which lead to me being sh*t talked constantly."
"It sucks. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t." ~ Throwawayaccount_TM
Didn't They See Jaws
"Swim in the sea at night whilst drunk."
"Nearly drowned." ~ MrCasterSugar
"I don’t understand any of this swimming in the sea at night stuff."
"One time while on vacation with friends we were drinking on the beach and vowed to come back for a nighttime dip."
"Later that night we got down to the shore, took one look at the black abyss and collectively said 'f*******ck that'." ~ MmmmapleSyrupGiphy
"Settling for a relationship knowing you are not really happy."
"Never. Again." ~ Selthix
"This is why first divorces happen after 7 years (average), but second divorces happen within 6 months."
"People are much quicker to nope out if it isn't working." ~ pinewind108
Not So Magical
"Go to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day."
"Shoulder-to-shoulder people, insane lines, and nothing special I couldn’t see earlier in the month." ~ mGreeneLantern
"This is true for New Years and the 4th of July, too."
"Other than the fireworks that were different, the park was ridiculous and we sat around most of the day." ~ mr2000manGiphy
Live To Serve
"I was a server for 5 years."
"It was fun most of the time but God Almighty, the worst customers could drive a person to murder." ~ Prossdog
"I feel you man, I’m currently serving right now to get through university and goddamn some of these people make me question my entire life’s decisions." ~ Petroleum-Smelly
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
"Now I always pee before cutting jalapeno peppers. The other way around, never again."
"Just to add, this was for a meal prep with my housemate. I ran upstairs and immediately took a shower (cold), during which I focused a lot of cold water on Little Ed."
"Note cold water on a jalapeño accosted Little Ed offered only a brief respite. It was a bad time." ~ Jinzot
"I did this twice. Meal-prepping a slow-cooker barbacoa for lunch that would cook while I slept."
"Went to take my contacts out and was met with immediate agony, even gave myself a nosebleed."
"Finally got them both out and put away, and then next day I go to put them in and what do you know—the oil from the serrano peppers had stayed on them."
"Gave myself a second dose of eye pain along with a healthy second nosebleed." ~ rwsmith101Giphy
Not So Miraculous
"Childbirth and the postpartum period."
"Love my daughter to death."
"One and done." ~ Alarming-Quarter-396
We live, we learn.
The things that seemed like a great idea don't always turn out as we expected.
Luckily we can decide "never again."
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I don't care how exciting it sounds or how cool it looks?
There are just somethings I will never do before my time comes to an end.
Some people's "bucket lists" look like a list of ways to die quicker.
I have no interest in death defying stunts before I perish. What's the point?
I'm trying to survive. So my anti-bucket list is long and proud.
What ever happened to just getting on roller coasters or living a good life?
Why is everybody so extra now?
Redditor Couch_Licker wanted to hear about all the things people are willing to NOT do before leaving this Earth.
"What is on your anti-bucket list of things you NEVER want to do in your lifetime?"
Tattoos, sky diving, snake wrangling, safari... no thank you to ALL of the above. Travel. I just want to travel. To fancy places with hotels. You can keep the jungle.
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"Cheat on my wife." ~ cov3rtOps
Kill On Sight...
"Running into a massive spider in Australia." ~ ghostiesontoasties
"As an Australian, it depends on the spider. The massive ones are usually huntsmen and they're okay. It's the small, colourful ones you want to watch for - at least three are in my area that are Kill On Sight if they ever get inside." ~ Ametalia
"As someone in Australia, I try my hardest and sometimes I fail unfortunately. But I haven't seen the worst and pray I never do." ~ UpOxygen
"Experience a degloving injury. Usually stuck in machinery. It’s why things like lathes warn against loose clothing." ~ Crott117
"When I worked at a vets, unbeknown to a driver, a cat was under the bonnet of their car. Ignition on, screams and a horrified person and messed up cat. Immediate PTS upon arrival. I can do gore but degloving injuries are beyond messed up." ~ IwantedBeatsteak
"Have children." ~ WrestlingWoman
"Came here to say that. When I say 'I don't want to have kids,' people assume I am ambivalent about that matter. No, Tony, I don't want to have them as much as I don't want to cut off my own leg with a butter knife, thank you." ~ CarolynEarle
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"Hard drugs. I do not need meth and heroin in my life." ~ SconiGrower
Well at least others have some good sense as well. The drug avoidance should be a #1 for all.
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"Hot air balloons. Never." ~ K-Kraft
"Giving a non C-section birth." ~ cellsnek
I've been told many times by women who have experienced both that no sane woman would choose to have a baby by c-section. However, if you need one, that's another story and that's why the procedure exists in the first place." ~ notthesedays
"Go into an underwater cave. Miss me with that crap!" ~ 4Me2knowDammit
"The most dangerous water way in UK. Literally a fast wide river that turns 90 degrees so it's a few feet wide and 150 deep. Scary. The word is the survival rate for any animal who goes in is zero." ~ bakerboyuk
"See skydiving was something I have always wanted to do. However, today I found my self scrolling through about 10 videos of parachutes failing and now it is one of my greatest fears." ~ rocjustbus1984
"I stayed on a farm in Texas for a while that was right next to a skydiving place. It was funny to hear the people screaming on their way down. Until the day I heard screaming that sounded very different than the usual, and I looked up to see a guy tangled in the lines of a half-deployed chute."
"I watched long enough to realize it wasn't going to open any more than it already was, and ran inside and blasted music and tried to pretend I hadn't just seen that. There was no skydiving nearby again until after I left, at least several months. I think the guy lived but his back was broken." ~ t_portch
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"Have a job that consumes my life and defines my identity. Life's too short for that nonsense." ~ smooth_grooves
I just want to live, without major injury. Why do things to hinder that? Be careful out there.
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"NOPE. You couldn't pay me enough to try that." - we've all thought it at least once... but what were we thinking it about?
The idea of a bucket list has been popular for years now; things you really want to try before you kick the proverbial bucket. We want to talk about your anti-bucket list. We want to know about those things that people couldn't pay you to do, things you'd never try even if death was standing right there like your impatient mom trying to leave Chuck E. Cheese when you were a kid like: "I'll wait if you want to try this, but otherwise we're leaving right now."
Reddit user CultureShock_ posed the question "What's something you refuse to try even once?" and we'll be honest, a lot of the answers were really reflective of people's phobias and biases.
Personally, my anti-bucket list is pretty short (but always open for additions) and it revolves around my fear of airplanes and one very late night watching the National Geographic Channel. A fear of flying pretty much crosses out anything like skydiving, wing walking, those zero-gravity flights to the "edge of space" seem like one big expensive NOPE.
But even those pale in comparison to watching a man purposefully give himself intestinal worms so that he could rinse through his poo and show the viewers what sorts of intestinal worms were common in that region of Africa.
I don't do worms. Especially not parasitic worms. I don't know how much that guy was getting paid, but I promise you it was nowhere near enough to get on a plane, give himself worms, rinse through his waste, show those worms to viewers, get treated for those worms, get on more planes to go home and face his family and friends who can, presumably, now only see him as "wormy poo dude."
Here are more things you couldn't pay people to try even once.
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As someone who has done meth, i can get behind this one. Once you do it you realize how not scary it is. Which is horrifying.
I had a significant pain killer problem in my late teens, and had fentanyl injected in me by an EMT in my mid 20s. I can understand how heroin can be so addictive. It feels like you are flying. I can't imagine what that painkiller craving x100 would be like.
My guess is that's true if all extremely deadly drugs - you feel fantastic and become desperate to get there again and again and again and...
Drunk driving. I live in Wisconsin and the number of people who do it is astounding to me.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Wisconsin has some of the most lax drunk driving penalties.
Its easier in Wisconsin because they can't tell if you're drunk or just trying to avoid the pot holes.
That stupid amusement park ride where you look like you're bungee jumping to your death. No, thank you.
Do you mean the one where you and some other poor chump are in a bench that's between two tall poles, and the bungees are attached to the poles and to the bench? I assume there's a third cable that allows them to winch the bench back down and acts as kind of a guide to keep the bench moving straight instead of flying wildly off course.
Anyway there's a video where the bungee on one side snaps right before they're about to release the bench. Nope nope nope nope.
Used to work at an amusement park where the owner was cheap, under-paying his mechanics. So you can say maintenance was "just the basics and that's it". I notice there's a little play in the shoulder bars of their famous rollercoaster, so I pop them open. Almost every-single-one had a VISIBLE crack in the metal bar connecting to the frame of the seats. If those went the only thing holding you in was the seat belt, which was connected to the shoulder bar. They immediately pulled it for the season and never acknowledged I'd found anything.
I'll never go on another thrill ride again, just in case.
Spelunking! I'm so claustrophobic that even thinking about being in a tight cave gives me the chills.
Did you ever have a look at the diagram of the guy who got trapped and died in the Nutty Putty Cave? I never particularly wanted to go caving, but that really cemented my decision.
I also read an article about cave diving, and this particular cave you can only reach by first diving down into pitch-black tunnels with scuba gear, and then slowly swimming back up for hours cause if you go back up too quick you'll die. All that time in complete darkness. That is the stuff of my nightmares, and people do it for fun!
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Deep sea diving. I know whats down there, and I'd rather not go say hi.
I don't know what's down there, and that's the scary part.
Not deep sea diving, but fishing a few miles out from the coast. My brother was in the USAF for 23 years, and spent almost 2 years at Diego Garcia which is an isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. He and some buddies would go way out and do some deep sea fishing. They caught all kinds of neat looking fish. He said sharks are aholes. He'd be reeling in a nice fish and a shark comes along and bites off most of the fish. He had pictures of some of his wooden lures that had chunks taken out of them and other bite marks. He avoids swimming in the ocean, too. There are things in the ocean that are hungry with huge teeth.
A Giant Fan
My wife is a skydiver. She often says the most dangerous part of skydiving is driving to and from the drop zone.
I did it, the scariest part is how much money it costs to feel like you're in front of a huge fan.
Still glad I did it.
Casu marzu. You couldn't pay or bribe me with anything.
Ahhh the cheese wheel aged by maggots ingesting and crapping out everything but the rind.... Delightful.
There's some cheese that is supposed to be delicious, except it has maggots in it. You must be out of your GOD. DAMN. MIND.
Having children. I'm not passing on my fibromyalgia or any of my sucky genes. I have my own under control very well, but I just can't put someone else through that. I refuse. Plus I'd rather have freedom, than take care of children. I don't hate them or anything, but mom life isn't for me.
Climbing mount Everest. Too cold, not enough oxygen, too many dead bodies. I don't get why people feel the need to do it/try, but I sure don't, ESPECIALLY after watching Everest. Nope.
Climb Mt. Everest- zero interest, I never understood the obsession and there's literally nothing about climbing it that would make me feel accomplished or fulfilled.
I'm above-average adventurous and up for trying almost anything. This is also one of the few things I refuse to do and have no interest in.
Even before that picture of the huge line for the summit came up, I read Something Awful's threads about Everest season every year, where they tend to talk about how many people died that year and in years past, and how exactly they died.
There are tour companies that will take you up there with little to no climbing experience, as long as you pay your money you get to go. It's a big reason there is a line there now, and why it's much more dangerous.
I would like to hike up to the main Base Camp one day, that I am totally up for. But no farther.
I'm with you on this one, even though I love climbing, and I love the mountains. Everest has no appeal to me anymore at all. It's pretty much a great place to spend 40,000 dollars to get stuck in a jam of people behind some under-trained rich ahole who is trying to check something off their bucket list. I think the only reason I would go there would be to help clean the mountain up. There's so much trash now.
The more I hear about the dead bodies and human waste the more I think "hard pass I'm good".