My Deep Bucket List – Part 1: It’s a great day to die!

About 10 years ago I was dating a woman who mentioned her bucket list. Not having heard this term before, I asked her to explain.

bucket listShe told me that since her twenties she kept a list of things she wanted to do before she kicks the bucket. As we were enjoying each other’s company, we decided to create a joint bucket list.

One of the first entries was to visit the top of Mount Greylock in Western Massachusetts, USA. The day we got therewas gorgeous. And on the way up the mountain we noticed several hang gliders overhead. When we got to the top we discovered over a dozen gliders and their pilots. It was a meet of their local association.

hang gliWe both immediately allowed that we wanted to try it. Gena being the more outgoing of us, started chatting with some of the pilots, and learned that there was a hang glider school nearby where for a fee we could give it a try.

Gena said, Let’s go! It’s a great day to die! 

Adding that to our list was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, on the day we showed up, all the trial flights were booked. We had a good time anyway watching the students and other enthusiasts flying off the hillside where the school was located.

Fast forward ten years, and our dates have become few and far between. But we both still have bucket lists. She checked hers off from her base in Massachusetts, and mine has taken me to Guanajuato, Mexico. More about how that happened later.

But in the meantime we have kept in touch, and have decided to get together in Mexico. I’m in charge of creating the list for when she is with me in Mexico, and she is in charge of keeping a photo log.

So why am I sharing this?

the bucket list movieIn a recent online conference with some eLearning colleagues I was describing my work helping retirees turn their mainstream-like retirement years into a daring retirement adventure. One of the conference leaders said my work reminded him of Jack Nicholson’s movie The Bucket ListHe said it’s about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward, and head off on a trip around the world with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

My first reaction was that the bucket list idea is mostly about “What shall I do next?” On the other hand, my work is more about the deeper question “Who do I want to be in the precious, final remaining years of my life?”

But that night, I watched the movie and changed my mind. More in my next post.

Meanwhile, share below if you keep a bucket list, and what are some of your favorite entries. Also check out my FREE eBook, “Retirement Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone”! In it, you’ll learn how to turn your retirement from the standard “final chapter of decline” into a DARING adventure of becoming the being you were always meant to be!

Paul Carter
 

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