Friday, October 05, 2012
My Bucket List.
The Weekend Challenge for the Panther team in BLC 20 has the focus of time management. Writing down a bucket list and systematically working toward achieving your goals is one way to actually get there.
When I was younger, a bucket list for me would be to travel around the world, go up in an air balloon, or climb Mt. Everest. Attractive ideas, but for me, it was a “wish list” and I didn’t take any steps to move ahead with it. The following new bucket list are three major ideas that I intend to complete. I learned that writing them down clarifies the ideas. Then I must break them down into smaller chunks with a definite plan to carry them out.
Now I am seventy-five years old and my bucket list is more realistic. I have thought a lot about the future and so one item I put on the last bucket list was to downsize my belongings, knowing that at some point in the future I will move from this home. I have never got very far with it, though, because I have not broken it down into smaller chunks so that I can figure out just what I need to do to accomplish this. I have changed the wording to be: I will downsize my belongings by sorting and keeping only those items I need to live comfortably and which can be easily moved or discarded by others if need be. I plan to keep some sentimental items but they will be catalogued or stored in such a way that they can be passed on, or eliminated in some convenient way. I will ask our kids first before storing an item that we have been saving for them, but they may not want. I plan to work on this just 15 minutes a day, but every day, until finished. I know I will feel such freedom to know that my house is in order. And just not having a lot of extra stuff around to clean or keep sorting will free up more time to do some other things on my list.
Second item on my bucket list is to get to know my grand kids better. We live far away from all eight of our grandchildren, and I give our children credit for keeping in touch with us and for the visits we have to their homes and from them so we see them once or twice a year. Our oldest granddaughter lived near us for one year. She was busy in school, yet spent some time with us, and having her in our home for weekends or to come cook with me, developed a bond. I am working on trying other ways to get to know our other grandchildren more than on a short visit type of relationship.
Third item on my bucket list is to buy a new piano. I have been using the one my DH used when he took piano lessons as a child. Some of the keys can no longer be tuned. I began taking lessons at age 65 for a few years, quit, and now am taking lessons again. It is a pleasure for me to play the piano, plus I know it keeps my brain cells working to coordinate all that goes into playing a piece musically.
I am editing to add one more item to my list. We really need to replace our kitchen flooring and the reason nothing has been done is because we currently have "kitchen carpet" installed when it was in vogue many years ago. It is in good repair, but has stains which won't come out and I feel it is not "clean" like a smooth floor. I am adding it to this list so I will begin researching and decide on a solution that we like that is affordable. I love hardwood, but have some doubts about its upkeep. It's in writing now, so hopefully it will happen.
I just started on my first item the other day, and I already feel so positive about it since I see a clear way to accomplish it. I am still working on how to manage getting the other two done, but I feel positive about them, too. It’s true that just writing them down helps clarify the goals.