No longer is there a stereotype for what it means to grow old. What we each choose to do at midlife and beyond can be as unique as our fingerprints. As one-third of Boomers will live beyond their 92nd birthdays, we can look forward to longer life spans, active lives and the opportunity to make a difference in our communities and beyond.
What Will You Create in the Next Chapter of Your life?
We can feel as alive and vital at eighty as we did at thirty. We may not move as fast, but it’s easier to let go of what’s not important. We can enjoy a simpler life based on what we value most. We are more willing to follow our own hearts instead of the dictum of others. Meaning and purpose can be found in small acts of kindness or in starting our own business.
What’s On Your Bucket List?
I’d like to invite you to start a bucket list today. Your bucket list is a list of all those things you’d like to do in your life, just like Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson did in the movie, The Bucket List. Regardless of our past, it is never too late to take charge of our future. Take a sheet of paper and a pen, and start writing! If you’re feeling stuck, here are 12 questions to get you started.
12 BIG Questions
1.What have you always loved to do but never told anyone?
2.Who would you most like to spend time with?
3.What makes you laugh?
4.Where would you like to travel?
5.What simple act of kindness could you do?
6.What gives your life meaning and purpose?
7.How would you like to participate in your community?
8.What skill or activity would you enjoy learning or teaching?
9.Have you thought about a new hobby or physical activity?
10.What could you do to create more fulfilling and loving relationships?
11.On your deathbed, what would you most regret never having done?
12.What can you think of that puts the biggest smile on your face?
As you start to create your bucket list, you’re sure to think of more items while going through your daily routine. Be sure to keep a notebook handy to write them all down!
Follow Your Dreams: If Not Now When?
Review your list. Notice what speaks to you now. Pick three or four or more items. Focus on making those items happen in 2014. You can do it.
Consider why you haven’t completed your chosen activities before. Were you limited by your finances, health, or personal history? What has happened cannot be changed, but we can choose what we create going forward. If you can dream it, you can create it. It won’t always be easy – in fact, many of the most fulfilling achievements require dedication and sacrifice – but if you are willing, you can make changes in any area of your life. It takes focus, determination and a positive attitude. You are worth it! You can do it!
Amelia Barnes, MBA MA LMHC coaches Boomers to have clarity and confidence in who they are, what they want and the courage to make it happen. Contact Amelia at 317.688.7278 or amy@InnerOutcomes.com.