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Writing assignment: Top three on my bucket list

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.
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    Love your blog and your bucket list. Love the fact that you are going to take piano lessons again, that sure is food for thought for me and all.
    Good luck on achieving all 3
    2338 days ago
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    2360 days ago
    Great list! You've given me some things to think about.

    We replace all our carpet with vinyl planks from Home Depot. They look like ceramic & I certainly feel it's much cleaner than carpet!

    2361 days ago
    Nice and realistic list!
    2361 days ago
  • *MADHU*
    emoticon bucket list...I'll have to give mine a a lot of thought
    2362 days ago
    A great blog and wonderful bucket list. You certainly made me think.
    2362 days ago
    Great list.

    I have some suggestions on the grand kids.

    Many of them are VERY technically oriented - maybe they could each set up a place where they can post what is going on with them, pictures and you can reply. there just HAS to be soemthing like that isn't there? Besides FB where the whole world sees and 1000 other things get posted over top?

    Maybe texting them daily?

    You seem quite a good writer, maybe you could start writing them each a real letter once a month. they might find out they enjoy writing you back.

    Hard to keep up when families are spread out! I see you are determiend and will find a way!

    2362 days ago
  • LW8843
    What a great list and very realistic. Way to go!
    2362 days ago
    I love that you're taking piano lessons at your age! Ive wanted to learn how to play an instrument for a long time but felt like since I never had the chance to do so in school, that now it was a lost cause.

    Rock on!
    2363 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    You have a wonderful bucket list. These are all attainable and will help you to be happy in the long run. Good for you! emoticon
    2363 days ago
  • no profile photo CAROL494
    Realistic goals! emoticon Best wishes on reaching these.
    2363 days ago
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