I have yet to meet a Baby Boomer who does not have a bucket list, even if it’s only a mental one. After all, a bucket list is a yearning to accomplish something or engage in certain activities before we die. But unless it is written down, bucket lists often remain vague dreams that wither on the vine.
The worst fear I have is dying with regrets. I don’t want my last thoughts to be about “wasted time or foregone opportunities.” I’d rather slide into home base with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigar in the other, exclaiming “Wow. What a ride!”
As an older Boomer now entering his seventies, I see the goal line on the horizon. I find myself examining my life and the paths taken. I have reconciled my past, so I don’t waste time dwelling on mistakes, “what if’s,” or “If I could do it all over again.” I’m where I’m at now based on circumstances and a plethora of decisions (good and bad). What’s important to me now is how I spend the remainder of my time.
And that is where a bucket list comes into play. In discussing this with fellow Boomers, we concluded that unless a bucket list is written down, it is meaningless. A bucket list, we believe, is a formal commitment guiding us through the remainder of our days. Each Boomer creates a unique roadmap with destinations derived from their own experiences.
Many of my Boomer friends have bucket lists dominated by travel plans. Others have listed activities like “run a 10K,” or “experience skydiving.” Some want to focus more on “giving” by volunteering for causes. One or two single friends want to fulfill fantasies. Others have committed to accomplishing specific endeavors, like writing a biography or completing a family tree. Every list is unique to its author.
Moreover, bucket lists are not static. Many of my Boomer friends are now working on their second or third lists. All agree that a bucket list can be revised at any time as circumstances and personal growth dictate.
If you’re not sure how to prepare a bucket list or what to include, I suggest perusing these articles to jump-start your efforts:
- How to Make a Bucket List You’ll Actually Do: A Comprehensive Guide
- A New Way to Create a Bucket List
- How to create your Bucket List
The Bottom Line for Baby Boomers
Without a bucket list committed to paper, we run the danger of wandering aimlessly through our final years and realizing after it’s too late, “God! I wish I had…..” Don’t let that be you. The most important thing any Baby Boomer can do is to take time to prepare a thoughtful bucket list, one that he or she consciously commits to achieving because it completes our life cycle. Die without regrets, my friends.