Bucket lists are ultimate lists, things we all want to do before we die. This picture, taken at a friend's house reminds me of the bucket list we had back then.
!. Top on the list, traveling!
Here in this living room, we learned about China and how we could jump in and join the rest of our family, (in the mirror) who were about to take that plunge. That summer, 2007 our roof had to be replaced, and we never took that China trip.
2. Get Healthy!
This item has moved up to #1. It is not one activity, but a whole life choices of activities, including many decisions that seem unrelated. Buying a new mattress, for instance, comes under this item on the list, as sleeping through the night becomes more and more of a dream.
3. Conserve our money!
This is counter-intuitive! We are no longer wage-earners, no longer anticipating stock growth or big windfalls from promotions. Our expenses seem to get bigger, not less with age. Instead of how do we give away or spend our money, we have to practice frugality. Again!
When we were working stiffs, our goal was to have enough money to escape somewhere, away from everything and everyone, on a cruise without people, a tourist attraction without tourists. Now, we have to concoct ways to meet new people, make new connections, stay on top of the news, involved with our communities, with worldly issues.
5. Pass on the wisdom.
How do we tell our children to work hard, but not to forgo pleasures and trips that will enhance their lives; how to listen to their inner dreams and make them live dreams. From where we sit, life doesn't give you unlimited chances.
Yes, the bucket list is now a to do list for Today.
What can I do now!