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Going through my bucket list: ‘bucket list’ in Finnish

Dreams and fulfilling them have been a lot on my mind lately. Why? You’ll find it out a little bit later.

When talking about dreams, the first thing you think is the term ‘bucket list’. Did you know that we normally use the English term in Finnish too?

Why is that? Because we don’t have a counterword for bucket list. It’s annoying. Some people talk about ‘a list of dreams’ or ‘a list of goals’, but we don’t really have as stable term for it as bucket list is in English language. For those who know the complexity of Finnish language probably realize that an English term doesn’t really fit in well when speaking or writing in Finnish.

I looked back on my own bucket list, where I have listed 10 things I want to do before it’s too late. Most probably my list will always have 10 items. Not because I wouldn’t make them happen, but because every time I cross one over, I will replace it with a new one. Or then I’m being too critical with my list. I don’t feel my goal was reached if my experience didn’t meet the expectation. Like number one on my list:

1. Spend a night in a haunted house or hotel

We spent a night in a haunted hostel in Helsinki in January. Unfortunately we neither met any ghosts, nor noticed any signs of the hostel being haunted. So I didn’t cross it over on my list but decided to leave it there waiting for our trip to Scotland. Once that trip is done, I can also cross over number five, which actually contains two different goals: trying to capture Nessie and going to see my tiny little piece of land I own in Scotland. Yes, that’s right. I also have an honorary title; Lady Saana Jaakkola of Chaol Ghleann. As we are practically friends, you can call me Saana.

To get into the real topic of this post, we need to scroll down, all the way to number 10:

10. Make up a Finnish word for Bucket List
You can say wish list or dream list, but it’s not really telling the whole truth. You can also say “Lista asioista, jotka haluat tehdä ennen kuin on liian myöhäistä” ( = a list of things you want to do before it’s too late) but it’s obviously too long. Making up a real word for Bucket List would be a huge favour to society, so I have decided to do it!

On the Finnish version of this post I listed a few suggestions that I have come up with. I also asked my Finnish readers to tell me which one they prefer. I will let you know how it goes. After all, it would be really cool to create a whole new word for the Finnish language. I’m not expecting too much, though.

How about your bucket list? Do you have one? I’d like to find out the top 3 on your bucket list. Or if you don’t want to reveal too much, please share your number one. What is your biggest dream? The one ultimate thing you want to experience or achieve before it’s too late?

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  1. Surprisingly being a travel obsessed mother, I don’t have a bucket list, yet! Maybe 2 I could think of off the top of my head are: take my family to India ( I have been and love it) and experience Turkey slowly. Everyone I know and has travelled, has loved Turkey so I can’t wait to get there.

    1. Those are great goals! I have never been to India, or even Turkey. Going to Turkey would be so easy, as there are so many great deals from Finland all the time, but having one full week off has been a bit tricky lately. That’s why we often take a long weekend and organize everything by ourselves. But it’s a great way to travel, obviously. I think you should make a full bucket list and really think of the things you’ve always wanted to do! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Young Finns are adapting many terms from English. Older generation has difficulties to understand their meanings.

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