60 before sixty – making the most of life. Well, 2016 was one of my best but ended as my worst. The highs were as good as they could possibly be. But the lows took me to a dark place.
But now we are in 2017 and as I still hang onto those good memories and mourn the loss of someone special, I need to make some goals for this year and beyond. I’m not getting any younger and my body isn’t as flexible, strong or forgiving as it used to be. I still have the stamina of a horse and can outlast many of my younger peers, however, what do I want to do/achieve before I’m 60?
I turned 56 on March 16 2017. That gives me four years to tick off some small and big goals – they just have to be achievable. Now I’ve been fortunate to live a very exciting life and you can read much of that in my About here and I’ve written a post on 56 Things I’m Proud of as a 56 Year Old Woman. Which means going white water rafting, abseiling, hiking overnight, sleeping under the stars etc was work. With that in mind, here are some of my goals in the next four years.
# 1 Travel to
Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Scandinavia
#2 Spend a night in a treehouse
Own four houses that are rented and gaining good capital growth so I can retire comfortably enough to continue travelling
#4 Care for my ageing parents who are currently 85 and 86 but will need me and my siblings more as they get older (fortunately they are fit albeit mum has dementia)
#5 Celebrate my last child graduating from secondary school (2020)
#6 Stay in an ice hotel
Perfect the ultimate home-made sangria.
Downsize the contents of my home to live with less but experience more
Go skydiving (on my 58th birthday)
#10 Improve my Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
#11 Celebrate Holi ideally in India otherwise somewhere equally as beautiful
Share with others the benefits of spending time in nature – this blog!
#13 Grow my own vegetables again even if it’s just Tom Tomatoes in a pot on the porch
Write 1,000 reviews for Trip Advisor (currently at 955)
#15 Finish writing another book
#16 Volunteer with turtles or orangutans or elephants……anywhere in the world
Prepare a homeless package for someone every month
Go hot air ballooning over a major city (previously ballooned over the Serengeti) with my daughter for her 21st.
#19 Visit Uluru, King’s Canyon and Kata Tjuta
#20 Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia in Turkey – goes with # 1
#21 Fall in love like I did with Finn
#22 Volunteer overseas in somewhere remote and different to Australia
#23 Watch the entire Lord of the Rings in one binge
Listen to more podcasts on things outside my realm
#25 Go glamping – anywhere
#26 Make the perfect brownie – I’m close but not quite there
Broaden my musical taste
Watch at least one TED talk a week
Help set up my kids for their financial future
#30 Live as authentically as possible
#31 Watch the sunrise in Santorini
#32 Learn to take better photos
#33 Swim with whale sharks
#34 Get to New Zealand – so close but have never made it
#35 Plant pansies at my home
Sort all my photos!
#37 Complete The Age cryptic crossword without any help
#38 Go to a fortune-teller or tarot reader – just for fun
#39 Make a snow angel
Keep up and grow my friendship group with those who truly matter
#41 Stay in a yurt in Mongolia
#42 Kiss a lover passionately in the pouring rain – goes with #16
#43 Go to an AFL Grand Final footy match
Swim naked in the sea – again TICK Thanks Sydney Harbour
#45 Get fitter
Jump off a cliff into deep water – Yeh a cenote in Mexico
#47 Meet the Dalai Lama – again
#48 Write over 100 blog posts
#49 Visit MONA in Tasmania
Tick of my last few Ancient Wonders of the World
#51 See the dancing lemurs in Madagascar
Donate blood again
#53 Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum in Norway – goes with #1
#54 See the Northern Lights – goes with #1
#55 Lead another expedition
#56 Galapagos – say no more
#57 Open my heart
#58 Allow others inside
#60 Be loved
Now it’s your turn.
What things would you like to tick off your bucket list?
Leave a comment below.
Starting from… Now.