Before The Bucket List
, I heard Ted Leonsis talk on the radio about his 101 things to do before he died
. He was one of the founders of AOL (remember that?) and after surviving a plane crash, he made his list. It's an incredible list, though some of the items on it are a product of his success in business. I'm not sure I'd ever include being worth $100mm or getting to the three comma club.
I heard him walk in 1999 and at that time I made a list of my own, along with my wife. I didn't really break it down into areas, but just had a list of different things. I also didn't want to wait for a life changing event (or retirement) to try and accomplish things in life. I'm not the only one. Brent Ozar has maintained his epic life quest
, which he updates regularly, and I noticed Mala had her own list for 2017
Recently as one of the coping mechanisms for this pandemic
, I saw the advice to make a bucket list. My old list was gone, but I sat down with family and made a new one, of various items. I also thought about important things to me that have already happened, and added some of those, working on my own new list of things to take stock of life. My list is less a career list, as I'm near the end of my own career, but you might include career goals. I suggested my kids to do this as well.
Today I'm wondering how many of you stop to take stock of your lives. You might have a bucket list, or maybe just a few goals, or perhaps you point yourself in a new direction periodically and pursue some aim. I try hard to enjoy the little things, the parts of most days that go by that fill me with happiness and gratitude. I don't always succeed, but I often enjoy small moments in life. A moment of peace, a scene that catches my eye, a good workout, an exciting book, a piece of music.
I have a few sayings that stick with me all the time, but one is from John Lennon's Beautiful Boy
. "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans." Life does happen, and many of my plans to awry. That doesn't stop me from making them, or working to make this the best life it can be for me. After all, it's the only one I have.