Making a Bucket List at 65 ?
This morning I took my friend Barbara, to the Kingston train station after a brief vacation together.
Last night after we had dinner she said, “Let’s play a game.” I was surprised. I had been thinking about suggesting we play Parcheesi. We have been friends since 1955 and a childhood game seemed like a fitting way to end our visit. But I remembered that she doesn’t usually choose to play games. She said, “It’s a game that you don’t win or lose. Let’s make a list, take turns saying what we’d like to do before we die.” I agreed to try it.
People have said to me, “I’m too young to make a bucket list. I’m not going to die anytime soon.” A few have said, “I’ve done what I want, I don’t need to make a bucket list.” I would say you’re never too young to make a bucket list: to put dreams on paper. Also, as Barbara and I discovered that night, it’s fun to think of what else you might want to do. Some things we came up with:
- Spend a whole summer by the ocean.
- A southwest trip to Bryce, O’Keeffe place/Grand Canyon etc.
- Put a collection of my poems in a chap book
Putting these thoughts on paper gives them a much better chance of happening. And it’s fun!
To play this game here are some guidelines.
A game without winner or loser: Take turns saying something we would like to do if we could before we die … acknowledging that
- some of the items depend on other people agreeing to participate so are not totally within our personal control and
- the list may change at any point.
Adapted from “Before I Die” – (http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/29/living/before-i-die-walls-book/)
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