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 possible 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 but 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, Mauritius, Peru, Turkey, Scandanavia
#2 Spend a night in a treehouse
#3 Own five 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
#7 Perfect the ultimate home-made sangria.
#8 Downsize my home to live with less but experience more
#9 Go dog sledding – anywhere
#10 Be fluent in Auslan (Australian Sign Language)
#11 Celebrate Holi in India
#12 Share with others the benefits of spending time in nature
#13 Grow my own vegetables again even if it’s just Tom Tomatoes in a pot on the porch
#14 Write 1,000 reviews for Trip Advisor (currently at 955)
#15 Finish another book
#16 Watch baby turtles hatch
Prepare a homeless package for someone every month
#18 Go hot air ballooning over a major city (previously ballooned over the Serengeti)
#19 Visit Uluru and Olga’s
#20 Celebrate Holi in India
#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
#24 Listen to more podcasts on things outside my realm
#25 Go glamping because it’s the opposite of how I travel
#26 Make the perfect brownie – I’m close but not quite there
#27 Broaden my musical taste #28 Watch at least one TED talk a week #29 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 Travel to the top end of Australia – like the very, very northerly point.
#35 Plant pansies at my home
#36 Sort all my photos!
#37 Complete a Times crossword / cryptic crossword
#38 Go to a fortune-teller – just for fun
#39 Make a snow angel
#40 Buy a more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly car
#41 Stay in a yurt in Mongolia
#42 Kiss a lover passionately in the pouring rain – this goes with #16
#43 Stay in a yurt – in Mongolia
#44 Swim naked in the sea – again TICK Thanks Sydney Harbour
#45 Lead climb Little Thor again just to prove it to myself
#46 Jump off a cliff into deep water – Yeh a cenote in Mexico
#47 Meet the Dalai Lama – again
#48 Go to an international soccer match
#49 Have a tarot reading – just for fun
#50 Tick of my last few Ancient Wonders of the World
#51 See the dancing lemurs in Madagascar
#52 Donate blood again
#53 Let Go of a Floating Lantern in Thailand
#54 Salsa in Cuba
#55 Lead another expedition
#56 Galapagos – say no more
#57 Open my heart
#58 Allow others inside
#59 Be certain #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.