Let’s Get Started on That Bucket List?

Aug 15, 2016 | Turning 60 and Beyond | 0 comments

What’s on your bucket list? You do have one, don’t you? Everyone should, no matter if you are 25 or 65. I have a long one and so does my husband. Just because one is growing older and reaching retirement age doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams and wishes.

Although not all people look at retirement as a blessing, I certainly do. After following all “the rules” all your life–being responsible, working day after day and for some raising their children; now you can finally live life the way you want to. I am already counting down my time until I can retire. Which is really silly because it’s still a year and a half down the road. My bucket list is constantly being up-dated and I can’t wait to get started. There are actually two bucket lists because my husband has one as well and I will take him into consideration.

So here goes, not necessarily in any particular order.

Go to Weddings. I love weddings and I want to see all my nieces and nephews get married. And maybe, just maybe I’ll be a great aunt again, but I won’t push that.

Live in France. We travelled to France, in particular the Luberon area in Provence a couple of times now and I am in love with the simple good life the French seem to enjoy. I want to live there for six months at least once in my lifetime. In a perfect world I’d like to divide our time between Provence and Canada and get away from our cold dreary winters, but that decision will have to be made after our first sojourn.

Learn French. If I am going to spend time there I need to know how to converse with the neighbors. I don’t think my high school French will take me very far.

Spend a month in London. We visited London twice now for short periods of time and  love with hustle and bustle of the city. It is so big and has so much history. I love the culture of the city and to live it first hand would be amazing. I think at least a month will be good for a start.

Go to a soccer game in Whitehart Lane. This is actually on Ron’s bucket list. Over the last few years he has become quite interested in soccer or football as it is otherwise known. His team of choice is the Tottenham Spurs.

Soccer

Do a self guided walking tour in the UK. The English countryside is beautiful, I highly recommend it. It is one of those  places on earth that is just surprisingly awe inspiring. We spent a week in the Cotswolds in 2011 and ever since then I have longed to go back. Friends of ours  have completed the Coast-to-Coast walk in Northern England (192 miles) and are now doing the Offa’s Trail between England and Wales (177 miles). Both of these are two weeks long and I’m not sure I can convince Ron of either of those—I think possibly five or six days is more our style. But something like the Cotswolds Way or the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland would be grand.

Make a success of my blog. If you are reading this you know that I have started this website. I am learning as I go and having a ball. I’ve made some mistakes, but think I’m on the right track now. My ultimate goal would be to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them believe that being retired and over 60 is not the end of the world, it’s the beginning of the next chapter. Maybe a lot to ask for,  but one can always dream. Oh yes, and I’d like to make a little money while I’m at it.

Take at least one award winning photograph. I also love photography. I try to use my own pictures on my website. I know that I need to practice more, but I feel I have a good eye. I am still learning and thoroughly enjoy taking classes.

Visit all the Maritime Provinces, in Canada. I am privileged to have traveled this beautiful country of Canada from Victoria to Montreal, albeit from Calgary to Montreal was in 1967 when I was 17 years old. Now I would like to visit Montreal, Quebec City and all parts east. I have been following Hectick Travels this summer on their blog and it is a beautiful part of this huge diversified country of ours.

Discover Paris.  Paris is up there on my list of favorite cities, along with London and New York. But I want to see more—discover the Secrets of Paris, what’s behind some of the beautiful buildings and up those hidden streets.
Live to be 90. I’m not sure if this belongs on a bucket list, but I put it there. My father lived to be 86 and my aunt (his sister) will be 98 this year so maybe… But my plan is to live the healthiest, active lifestyle I can from now until then. After all, I have a lot to do.
This is just some of what’s on our combined bucket lists. So what’s on your bucket list? If you don’t have one, you better get started  Please comment below and let me in on what’s on yours.