However, going back to fiction, do your characters have their own versions of the bucket list? Or things they want to have achieved by the time they reach a certain age? How does this come into your overall story? What happens when they achieve their goals? Do things work out the way they hoped or for better or for worse?
In a magical setting, does the use of magic help achieve objectives or complicate things? I can see the latter happening particularly in worlds when only a few have magical powers (and the majority resent this). Can your characters tick things off their imaginary lists?!