When my mom turned 60, my sister and I asked her to create a “Bucket List”. She laughed and responded, “I’m not dying!” On the contrary, my mother is in impeccable health and will probably live well into her 90’s.
Our point in asking her was that she spent the majority of her life raising my sisters and I and now that we are grown doing well on our own with families of our own, we want to ensure she has and is ticking off items from her own “Bucket List”. When tasked to make a list, she started small. We went to a painting class, we took a segway tour around a city a few hours away, we went to a hockey game, and even zip-lining. As she tried more of the things she had yet to explore we found that her list grew longer and more adventurous. We have learned a lot about our mom, been able to experience great things with her and grown closer as adults.
In the past few years she has experienced her first concert and for this our cousins and husbands joined in the fun. It was an amazing time. This past year my sister and I had the pleasure of accompanying our mom on her first cruise. The three of us traveled to Mexico where we ate authentic Mexican cuisine and went snorkeling in an underground river.
As she has added to her list and our adventures have grown, so has my personal bucket list. I’ve discovered more of what I would like to do and where I would like to go along the way.
I challenge you to create your own bucket list and ask your family to do the same. By writing it down and posting it you will not only discover your family’s dreams but also have a visual reminder of the things you can plan for and do.
This Saturday I will be skydiving for the first time in my life. I’m terrified and excited all at once but as they say “You only life once” and I truly want to experience it all on my trip through life.
Enjoy your family, experience the world around you, and make memories everywhere you go. Have a Happy Day!