By Kim Tackett
I used to think Bucket Lists were silly. A few weeks ago Steve suggested that we consider creating one for our retirement years, just so we don’t forget to do the things we always wanted to do. The truth was, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do that required a new list. Waking up. Breathing. Loving. Learning. That seemed like plenty.
But now I am rethinking this. A list might be useful to take me to my 60th birthday. And I am changing the name to the AWE list–Age With Energy. Because I can, and I will. Here it goes:
Before I’m 60, I promise myself I will…
1. Complete a significant bike ride (The Chico Flatflower is a contender).
2. Achieve a minimally proficient level of financial literacy (where our money is, what I need to do to protect it if I am ever alone, and how to use the ATM without a cheat sheet). One of these days Steve is going to refuse to give me cash from his wallet, and I’d like to be prepared. Also, would like to avoid the weekly mock-fest.
3. Run/walk another 5k race. Preferably a color run.
4. Spend at least a weekend at a silent retreat. Silently.
5. Return to a yoga class, despite my propensity to “toot” when in unnatural positions.
6. Ask my mom to teach me how to sew. Pay attention this time.
7. Reach my fighting weight. I don’t know what that is, but it will enable me to fight off anything that comes my way. Maintain it. Forever.
8. Visit New York again. Also Boston. Plus Austin. Since Kate and Alex will be in Chicago and Amsterdam, those are automatics.
9. Downhill ski again. Do so without injuring myself or falling off the chair lift.
10. Go to the San Francisco Giants Spring Training.
11. Drive/own a cool car. Maybe a black one. Become one of those people who keeps their car shiny and smelling pretty.
12. Climb a mountain, for the fun of it. No whining.
13. Finish a book proposal. That’s not the same as submitting it, or even writing a book. It just means I have a vision and figured out how to articulate it.
14. Go to Sedona, Arizona.
15. Learn to kayak. It is a sitting sport, so I might be good at it.
16. Stay in a yurt. Maybe here. Get over the fact that there are no in-yurt bathrooms.
17. Reconcile with my gray hair with a short, sassy cut, cute glasses and a jaunty scarf and earrings. Would require overcoming my fear of scarves, but it’s a worthwhile goal.
18. Have meaningful contact with ALL of my Facebook friends. Hopefully over a meal. With wine. And we will find that we really, truly are real life friends.
19. Join a book group. Yes, I know I am late to the party on this one. Find a group that reads, drinks, and converses with abandon and delight.
20. Stay on a houseboat in Sausalito. Like this one.
21. Go mushroom hunting in the Pacific Northwest.
22. Sail in the San Francisco Bay. I have friends with boats and invitations, so it’s easy to achieve. All I have to do is say yes. YES!
23. Learn enough about craft beer so I can order with something beyond “I’d like something girly.”
24. Own a flask. I have my eye on this one, because it makes me laugh. Also, gather the courage to use it.
25. Enjoy a meal at the French Laundry. Enjoy it so much that the $$$$ fades into the sunset.
28. Visit the glaciers in Alaska. I am not sure they are going to wait for me.
29. Plan my tattoo, beyond my Pinterest board. That’s the one I’ll get on my 60th birthday. Because any issues with potential sagging skin will become irrelevant.
30. Develop my retirement scheme. One that includes making enough money to support my coffee, wine, travel, writing and crafting habit. And one that happens soon after I turn 60. Because at that point there will be a whole new list to get after.
What about you? What’s on your list? Let’s share and compare (in a non judgmental way, of course).