You’ve been through a lot at this point. It really doesn’t matter what age you are either. You know someone whose life was cut short by cancer, a car accident, COVID, a drug overdose, old age or died too soon. You, or someone you know, has been impacted by a life altering event by way of job loss, business loss, or loss of a relationship. 

How many times has something major happened in your life or the life of someone you know and you say, “life’s too short. I’ve got to start living for today?”  Seems like the moment passes and we quickly go back to what we always did.

Why do we do that? I believe it’s a combination of many things. 

  • If we are going to live our lives differently, then we must be willing to change. And change is so darn hard.
  • We wait for some kind of motivation like there’s a magic motivation wand. I’m here to tell you, there isn’t one.
  • Without a concrete plan, items on your “bucket list” don’t get done.

What’s on your bucket list? 

Do you even have one? A friend was recently diagnosed with an illness that will alter their remaining days. Retirement is within reach so they were already planning for retirement. What were they going to do once that magical day came?  The list was being compiled, but now everything has changed. With limited healthy time left, they have much to consider.

I wish their list had already been written, prior to diagnosis. I wish everyone’s list was already written because then it could be studied and prioritized. Now isn’t the right time to suggest writing an obituary, but I think if we all did that today, while we’re healthy, we could decide how we wanted to spend our time and determine what matters most to us.

COVID brought life’s priorities to the top of our minds because for so many people there were incredible losses. Loss of life, of freedom, of things to do, places to go, people to see. For others there was some gain like spending precious time with the people inside your bubble, or realizing who you wanted to be with and who you didn’t miss at all. 

This is a great time to write down your bucket list, before all that you learned during COVID becomes a distant memory. 

  • Write down what matters most. 
  • What do you want to do while you are healthy? 
  • If you need to make more money to do it, figure out the way to do that. 
  • If you want to travel but can’t find the time? Do it. 
  • If you don’t have a plan, nothing will happen. 
  • Write down your bucket list today.

Can’t figure out how to get your bucket list started or how to prioritize it? Get help from a friend or an accountability partner who will hold you to it. And if that doesn’t work, hire a coach. Because nothing matters more to YOUR coach than what YOU want from your life. 

Still feeling stuck? Book a 30-minute sample coaching session to get UNSTUCK and Imagine Your Life’s Possibilities.

Barb Mason, Coach

I am a coach and jewelry designer. At UNSTUCK Coaching, I help middle-agers make changes toward the most fulfilling employment experience. As my own first coaching client, I know what it takes to get UNSTUCK.

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