Bucket List

Bucket List

Ever since I saw the movie “Bucket List”, I felt good. I felt hope and excitement. I get excited easily it seems, but hey, we have to take whatever we can out of this life, to make it better. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.

I wanted to think about living

When I first started thinking of this, I was sad, even bewildered. I didn’t want to think of a bucket list where I would do things before I die, I wanted to think about living. Living! If I had opened my mind right away, I would have seen that living is what I would be doing and giving myself permission to do so as well.

Sure, I would have to give up any notion of climbing a mountain, or even going into the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Now let’s be real! How can I give up anything I would have had no intention of doing anyway? I’m absolutely terrified of heights. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t want to go to the Grand Canyon, I do, I have always wanted to see it. No, I won’t get too close to the edge. No, I won’t climb down, and I won’t ride down on a donkey. I will set my boundaries, then I can say “I did it”! See that’s where my dream of seeing it is.

Yep, I’m planning on living for a long time and I say it’s time to start living!

Some things my bucket list will have:

  1. Someone to help me with spring cleaning. Maybe a daughter or a couple of grandchildren will come and do that. We could have fun.
  2. Someone to help paint a room in my house, or that they will do while I’m away for a day.
  3. Have my hubby take me out to a small restaurant in some of the small towns close by. I’ve always wanted to go, but never have.
  4. A few days in the Black Hills.
  5. Going to my granddaughter’s graduation, even though I will only go for a little while, because of limitations. Also, to help with some of the preparations from my house.
  6.  A phone call to an old friend.
  7. Be a secret Santa to a child on the Angel Tree.
  8. Do a random act of kindness or pay it forward.
  9. Go to Yellowstone State Park.

A bucket list doesn’t have to be extravagant

It only needs to help us focus on some things we want to accomplish in our lifetime. Do we have to do 50 things in a Bucket List, or even 100 things? No, but it may open other doors. Does it matter if we will accomplish everything? No. Should we be sad if we can’t? No. If we can’t make it to our destination, that’s ok. We can get information from the Chamber of Commerce to learn about the area or to see a video, this will help you enjoy the endeavor without feeling like you set yourself up for a fall. Have fun with this. This gives me hope and anticipation. It’s fun to dream and more fun to make it a reality. Just know that if you can’t complete your list the way it’s written, you can change it so that it works for you.

Enjoy!

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  • ShelleyP
    8 months ago

    This is my first newsletter and to find this article was awesome. First of all, your name is the same as my late mother. Reading the bucket list left me in tears. Even though I am struggling with my copd more than usual because of the monsoon season, I want to keep “living”!

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    ShelleyP – I had no idea it lasted that long! The middle of September brings relief for many people it seems. I look forward to the cooler evenings of September and Ocotober. Easier to breath and easier to sleep.

    Best,
    Lyn (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi again, ShelleyP – wow, that’s a lengthy season to be dealing with monsoons. In what part of the world are you located?
    It sounds like our hurricane season here in the Northeast (New York) – June 1 to November 30!!
    Good luck to all of us!
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    It was a great article, wasn’t ShelleyP? I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Janet has such a nice way of writing and making you feel like you can relate. I’m sorry your struggling with your COPD. I hope that once the weather improves so will your COPD symptoms.

    How long does the monsoon season last?

    Best,
    Lyn (site moderator)

  • ShelleyP
    8 months ago

    Monsoon season is from July 1st through Sept 15th.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi ShelleyP and thanks for your post. So glad to hear just how much Janet’s article resonated with you. We’re glad to have you as part of our community. I’m sure you’ll continue to find other articles that will be helpful for managing your condition. That is why we are all here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • luvmylife1948
    8 months ago

    I watched the Bucket List also and I do like very much your post of how we can make things happen for ourselves despite our COPD. It is having fun planning and executing these plans whenever that will give us FOCUS, and a reason to take one day at a time and make it count. I took a trip to Antigua, and then to Mexico and I feel so good I did these trips despite coming home to the U.K. very ill. I got mosquito bites that left me with unbearable joint pains for 16 months. I still have the residue of weakness in my legs and not able to walk well. But I am a fighter and never give up no matter what happens.

  • Janet Plank moderator author
    8 months ago

    luvmylife1948 thank you for your post. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed your trips to Antigua and to Mexico. Then to get ill.
    Can I ask the name of the illness you got from the mosquitoes?
    Good for you for being a fighter, you are an inspiration.
    Janet (author & site moderator)

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