Encouragementology

What’s in Your Bucket? Living Life NOW!

May 24, 2022

SHOW NOTES:

On this show…we’re not waiting until they reach the brim, flow over, or a rainy day. We are seizing the moment as we look at what’s in your bucket so we can start living NOW! I think we all have them. Call them lofty goals, fantasies, or big dreams. Those bits of adventure we’ve been putting off for one day, someday, or any other day but today. The bucket list; is a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. During. Did you hear that? It didn’t say toward the end after everyone and everything had been taken care of then and only then can you explore the bucket. But that’s what happens. The bucket sits there with bits of wishes, dreams, fears, and exhilaration. You think about it and refer to it a lot. It’s that mirage you think you’ll reach eventually but yet you never take a step toward it. What can we pull out today? What can we experience today? What can we move from the dream column to the done column?

You might think your bucket needs to be full of adventure like a trip around the world or climbing Mount Everest but it doesn’t. To be honest, it’s your bucket. Put in what you like. If it helps you to organize your thoughts and collect things you would like to do or places you’d like to visit or stuff you’d like to learn then GREAT. You’re on the right track. 

I’ve been emptied nested for 7 years. Wow, I just counted that up, seven years. What a transition that was. I am the mother of three and for 25 ½ years, I was raising kids. I feel like the bucket was a little deeper then and possibly overflowing since everything seemed reserved for another day. My focus was on their welfare and my career. That trip to Europe or a second language would just have to wait.

I want to say it got easier and easier as they each left but to be honest, by then I was more on autopilot and worried I’d have a crash landing when I was finally left alone. “Don’t leave me!!” I actually told my youngest I was considering hosting an exchange student because I was afraid the house would be too quiet. Ok…for those of you already where I am now, I’ll give you a minute to chuckle. Could anything really be too quiet? HA Let’s just say I adjusted and quick I might add. The major difference was time and focus. I had so much more time to focus on the things I wanted to do. Now, what did I want to do? I’ll come back to that….let’s first find out where this idea of a bucket list comes from and what it entails.

Joe Oliveto informs us with Where Does 'Bucket List' Really Come From? Shared on joincake.com

HS Burney echos this with The Myth of Waiting Until Retirement To Live Your Life shared on medium.com

Leah Hynes and Nazrin Murphie give us 12 Ways to Create More Time to do What You Love (and What you Really Mean When You Say you Don’t Have Time!) shared on liveyourlegend.net

 

CHALLENGE: don’t put off what you could experience today, whether it be adventure, learning something new, or an interesting encounter. Time should be cherished, valued, and spent wisely. 

I Know YOU Can Do It!

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