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Don't Let 2018 Go to the Dogs:  Rx for Living by Creating Your BoomeR Bucket List

By John A. Vardallas CUDE

According to the Chinese Calendar 2018 is the Year of the DOG. The dog represents loyalty and generosity. The dog is an ethical and idealistic sign and the year which takes his name will make grow the grade of social awareness. So happiness and prosperity trends with the improving economy will be a harbinger for us boomers as we head into the New Year.

As we boomers get older, we know life gets shorter so it is important to prioritize your life s desires and to do s. Since this is the year of the dog I suggest you don't let this year go to the dogs and use the Nike philosophy of "Just Do It"!
Before you are ready to go for it, I encourage you to make a Bucket List---all of your dreams, goals, activities, desires and experiences you want to fulfill before your die.

Take time to write down all that will motivate you to pursue your real passions before its too late. Anything and everything you have ever wanted to do or try. And don't be afraid to dream and make them big and audacious—at our stage of life we should stay away from playing the regret game!

You may be asking yourself why think about this now? Because as we age time becomes our most precious commodity and how we spend it is crucial. We live in a staccato of day to day activities that most of us accomplish in rote fashion. Many boomers live by to do lists and hold goals that are family, personal or professionally oriented and framed within a societal context.
The key is to look introspective and ask yourself, do many of these activities and tasks really mean anything to you if you were to pass away tomorrow?

So I suggest you take a moment and plan for the rest of your life by creating your personal list of what activities are and will be important to you. Its not a race against---it's a way to maximize your time in engaging in fulfilling activities.

Your "Bucket List" is your way of benchmarking how you want to live the rest of your life to the fullest. It can be as few as 10 or as many as 50 things you want to do or partake in before your life ends.
To get your soup started after you read this, get out your laptop or tablet and start writing down what comes to mind when you read the following questions:

What would you do if you were to die tomorrow?
What wish list would you ask for before you die?
What is it that you always wanted to do?
Who do you want to see and what would you say to them?
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
What have you been dreaming about doing all of your life?
What difference did you make while you were alive?
What would you like to achieve before you die?
Create your list with as many realistic wishes that make sense to you and are achievable and knock them off one at a time savoring the experience.
    To help get you going, the following are some   
    items from my BL:
Visit India
Travel to the birthplace of my ancestors
Make a difference in someone s life
Achieve my ideal weight
Attend the Kentucky Derby
Spend more meaningful tome with my family
Show more appreciation to friends
Participate in the Senior Olympics
Travel the historic Route 66

Once you have your list, keep it with you in a visible place where you can refer to it. I would start out first with doing the simplest and easiest to undertake to give you a sense of self accomplishment.

It will be important to keep your mental/physical health and passion up for these new endeavors.
Your list should give you a sense of purpose for moving forward. Keep the juices flowing for all that you want to experience.

Remember what Morgan Freeman said in the Bucket List movie—
"Its not about worrying about dying---its all about living".

So Boomers the time to act is now and don t let this opportunity go to the dogs.
Enjoy Your New Year!


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