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Bucket List Dilemma

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am not sure why I am balking at writing a bucket list. Through my employer, I have access to an online wellness program that includes new ways to earn points each month - for August, we are to write a bucket list and accomplish one thing on it. My only life goal right now is to hike the Ice Age Trail, a 1200 mile long trail. So far I've hiked 474 miles. It has gotten harder to get out on the trail since new trail is further away, I now work full-time (including most weekends) and I don't know how my ongoing (forever!) recovery from a knee injury is going to affect or be affected by the hike. About the only thing I can do this month still hiking the IAT is to request a weekend off.

In terms of specific and measurable, hiking the IAT is my only life goal. I've got goals related to healthy living. They are "in-process", certainly not attainable by 8/31. I've got the Sleep Bet and Calorie Burn Bet for the month of August, but those aren't life goals. I would not consider building and maintaining a butterfly garden in the front yard a life goal - and I am not sure I could clean it up enough by the end of the month.

The only other life goals I've had that I can think of, I have accomplished: college, studied abroad for a semester, had kids.

Soooo, what are your thoughts on this life goal issue for me? For yourself - what are your life goals?
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    How about a fun goal. Working so hard you may need to find a way to enjoy a few minutes. Call an old friend? Watch a new movie?
    1699 days ago
    Am I missing the point of a Bucket List, do they have to be lifetime achievements? Is there a rule that says they can't be simple and realistically obtainable? I thought they just were something whose attainment would bring you a good dose of joy. Last Thanksgiving when I was visiting family for the holidays we enabled my sister to achieve an item on her Bucket List. We were playing Dominoes with some cousins and started one-upping each other with extreme trash-talk, as if we were in a vicious life and death duel. We all ended up laughing so hard that I was afraid of falling off my chair and breaking a hip. My sister checked off "Laugh with your family until tears roll down your face" from her Bucket List.
    1701 days ago
    Great goals. In my opinion, our goals is our bucket list. No need to have 2 different lists.
    1701 days ago
    Wow, that is interesting. That will certainly take some thought. What else do you want to do? (or if you can imagine, what would you do if you have a million dollars?)
    1702 days ago
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