Each year, really about this time, I tend to re-evaluate my life because I see more time behind me than in front of me. It’s a sobering thought and one that pushes me to reflect on my bucket list of things that I’d like to do before I’m too tired, too old, too broke or too in pain to do any of them.
It doesn’t matter if you are old, young or somewhere in between. It’s always a good thing to periodically remember that life speeds by pretty quickly and taking a step back to make sure you are on the path you want to be makes sense.
So what path do you want to be on? Where do you want to go figuratively and physically? What changes would you make right now to achieve those bucket list items? For me it’s pretty simple. Spend more time with family. Take a vacation or two. Spend a winter month someplace warm. Move in with my children…..not really. Just seeing if they are reading this…..
You never know what time you have to enjoy the things you want to enjoy. So my suggestion is to stop worrying about what you can’t change and start enjoying with what you can change.
Maybe you want to retire but you’ve not saved up enough money yet? Then what can you change? Can you continue working and take a really nice vacation once a year? Can you take mini vacations and give yourself a break?
Maybe you want to spend more time with family. Can you invite them to your home more often? Are they close enough to visit more frequently on the weekend? Can you do weekly phone calls and stay in touch through texts and Facetime?
Maybe you want to try a new career but don’t want to risk leaving a good job that you currently have. Is there a way that you can moonlight in your dream career? Are there part-time opportunities?
Maybe you want to try and become a healthier version of yourself. Is there a way you can take nutrition classes? Self help books? A personal trainer?
What is important here is that there are ways that you can re-evaluate your life and make small changes that will help you feel that you are achieving what you set out to achieve in this life. What I do know is that you need to make these changes sooner rather than later in order to reap the benefits of a life well lived. Don’t wait for tomorrow. We don’t know how many tomorrows we may have. Enjoy life now. Re-evaluate and fulfill your bucket list sooner rather than later. Peace.