Retirement Bucket Lists
How To Get It Right
The first step to getting the retirement bucket list that works for you is to decide what sort of retirement bucket list suits you! Retirement bucket lists come in all shapes and sizes and which you choose depends on who you are! BUT remember the retired you does not have to be a carbon copy of the “working life” you. I often fall into that trap and keep thinking I should add qualifications such as learning a language simply because this is what my working career demanded of me. If you want to fill in the gaps pop over to Autobiography of a Baby Boomer: Preordained Pathways
Types of Retirement Bucket Lists (I love lists!)
I have to keep reminding myself that being retired does not have to be a continuation of my working life. For the first year (at least) I had to keep reminding myself of this. It wasn’t easy and I constantly found my self saying, “I’m retired but I used to be a …………..! I have written more about this in Welcome to the World of the Retired if you would like a bit more background,
1. The Same As Before Bucket List
For me GUILT was the driving factor. I could not get my head around “having nothing to do” I was sure that if I
didn’t have some form of employment then I would get bored, depressed and fat! I scoured the classifieds for part time work, had business cards made and began networking. The problem was as time slipped by I found that I was very busy “doing nothing”. My husband and I had moved to a new country, taken on a very unloved houseboat and the unexpected arrival of a new grand daughter meant that fitting in part time work became less desirable as time rapidly passed. My advice is to give yourself time. Making commitments to continue your work in the early stages of retirement could be closing the door on opportunities you haven’t even had time to dream about.
If you have had time to check out the rest of my posts you will see that many of them are linked to “budgeting” So, if I’m honest guilt was only part of the equation……FEAR was a close second. Could we retire with dignity on a small income? It seems we could and we are! For others, “more of the same” may be keeping with the role of housewife and mother. It’s not as if this is necessarily a bad thing, as long as it’s really what you want and not an easy option because that’s what’s expected of you. Giving yourself time to make sure is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.
Making commitments to continue your work in the early stages of retirement could be closing the door on opportunities you haven’t even had time to dream about.
- Volunteer to use your past skills but maybe outside your pre-retirement walls
- Ex-teachers become a Scout/Girl Guide leader
- Use your cooking skills at a volunteer shelter
- Take the grand children on a holiday without the parents
3. The Learning Bucket List
It seems to me that Baby Boomers fall into two categories. The first followed (or tried very hard to in my case) the traditional roles of getting an education followed by a career/job. This led to the role of a housewife/mother (quite different from “wife”/mother. If you were “lucky” your career/job was put aside when Mr Right came along. The second group of Baby Boomers had many names, Mods, Rockers, Activists, Hippies etc. to name a few! In reality they were actually all those who didn’t fit into the first category! Traditionalists are more likely to feel they should learn another language whereas the non-traditionalists would see learning as a stepping stone to pastures new .
If you were “lucky” your career/job was put aside when Mr Right came along.
- Learn a new language then use it!
- Research your ancestry and use it to reconnect with your extended family
- Read the books on your “One Day” reading list
3. The Creative Bucket List
I hate to admit it but creativity is not my forte. My creativity is limited to following the creativity of others (as in knitting patterns!) Because of this my retirement bucket list is rather empty of creativity. If I followed my own advice I would find something that could be called “creative” rather than sticking to what I know! I know one retired lady who took up wood turning and was so successful she now has a market for her work! For the life of me I don’t understand how this talent remained hidden but as she explained, “Girls at her school did “cooking ” whilst the boys did “woodwork”!
- Take up painting, wood work, pottery etc
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Join a band
- Learn DIY “upcycling”
“Girls at her school did “cooking ” whilst the boys did “woodwork”
4. The Physical Bucket List
In my previous life I lived very energetically on a farm and found the physical life style much to my liking. Imagine my surprise when a neighbor asked me if I’d like to volunteer at the local disabled sailing club. At the time I was networking to continue my work with special needs children not realizing that I was about to fulfill a dream that I had always thought was so far out of reach that I didn’t even dream it! Sailing! Today, research advocates that getting older is no excuse for living a quiet life! Every year the Masters Games get bigger and the music in the gym rocks to the sounds of seventies!
I was about to fulfill a dream that I had always thought was so far out of reach that I didn’t even dream it!
- Walk the Camino de Santiago
- Learn to sail
- Travel Route 66 (USA) by motor bike/motor home
- Walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall
- Join a dance class: Tango, Salsa, Hip Hop!
5. The Ridiculous Bucket List
Maybe it’s my personality but doing ridiculous activities is really out of my comfort zone. So, if there is something on my suggestion list that doesn’t fit the criteria of “ridiculous” let me know and I will add your suggestions. For example, on my list of “ridiculous” I would put my Zumba class!?
Maybe it’s my personality but doing ridiculous activities is really out of my comfort zone!
- Take up Zumba
- Join a circus class to become a clown
- Register to be a “crowd” extra on a movie set
- Join a Marching Team
- Do a bungee jump!
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