On Nov. 23rd, I posted a blog titled, “Are You Afraid of Your Bucket List?”. I’ve been thinking long and hard about this and have come to believe that this “FEAR” thing is really at the base of it all. And if we can corral this fear, master this fear, we can accomplish anything.
But this morning, I was contemplating a Bucket List timeline. Initially, not in the sense of what I want to accomplish in the next number of years but in terms of the past. Has the time come and gone for parts of your bucket list?
Living The Bucket List
Between the years of 1995 and 1997 I had one of the best adventure jobs in my life. I was living in Tahiti (say no more!) and working on a luxury cruise ship. I was running a scuba diving program, diving six days a week, feeding sharks and educating people on the ocean. I had all my expenses paid for including a bar allowance (say no more again!). It was an extremely physically demanding job so I was in the best shape of my life. I was working alongside my husband, making life long friends and was always tan. It was the right time in my life for that job. I was living the bucket list!
Eleven years later, I went back to the same cruise line to work for a year. The ship had changed. The job had changed. We did much less diving and more handing out of DVDs. My tendonitis bothered me to the point of cortisone shots now that I was more than a decade older. I had all my expenses paid for still but now I also had a home mortgage that I didn’t have in the 90’s. I realized that the time for me and cruise ship life had passed.
Has Your Bucket List Changed?
I started to relate this to my bucket list. When I was a kid I always wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. I read all the books, did a lot of backpacking in various places in the country but I never did the entire trail. Now, 30 years later, my bucket list has changed. The AT is not at the top of the list anymore. The time for the AT may have passed for me simply because other things have replaced it. I wish that I had done it when I was eighteen like I had planned.
I realize this as an opportunity lost. As life changes so do our desires. I don’t dwell on it or spend my life in regret over it but it causes me to stop and think now about the present and the future. What is on my bucket list NOW that the time is right to accomplish? What will change in the next five years to make me rethink the list due to age or finances or health or simply desire. There is a window of opportunity for many things on your bucket list.
Realize the Window Of Opportunity on Your Bucket List
Pull out your list, make a timeline, realize the timing of opportunity. DO NOT live in regret of those things for which the time has passed, look to NOW and see what you can accomplish in this window of your life.
Carpe Diem and Seize the Bucket List!