“I will get that done tomorrow,” I say.
“When things slow down, I’m going to take a painting class.”
“Once I retire, I’m going to travel the world.”
Whether it’s meeting a goal, learning something new, or simply having fun, I put things off way too long.
Talking with my friend Beatrice, she said, “We can’t wait to complete our bucket list. We have to do it before the diagnosis, before the loved one dies, before we’re too old.”
She wants to learn to ride a motorcycle and buy one in the next year before she turns sixty.
She cupped her hand over her mouth, pretending it was an oxygen mask. Acting like she was sucking in oxygen from her imaginary mask, she said between breaths, “I don’t want to be like this before I start doing the things I’ve always wanted to do.”
And in typical Beatrice fashion, she got me thinking. I’ve been making a bucket list, but my list is missing the completion check marks. How long will I wait to complete them?
So I decided to take my long list and pick three to complete before the end of the year. I decided that I need to choose one thing that involves the love of my life, one goal, and one buck list item that scares me.
Here’s my three for the last half of this year:
*Spontaneously run away for one day with David.
*Finish my book and get it published.
*Zip Line across the Royal Gorge.
We are not promised our next breath. Plus, we were meant to live fully—not idly get by. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to complete your bucket list.
So go on.
Learn to ride the motorcycle.
Finish your degree.
Go bungee jumping.
Tell him, “I love you.”
Just do it before it’s too late.
What’s on your bucket list that you need to accomplish now?