Do I buy a five or ten year passport? asked my 83-year-old relative. A sobering thought as you reach the last lap of your life. Naturally I encouraged her to go for ten, but I think that was as much because I didn’t want to imagine my life without her, not because it was the right answer. None of us know how long we have on this planet.
But maybe it was also because when we limit ourselves, we live to those expectations. Just like in business, if we aim too low, that is what we will get. As Mary Kay once said, “If you think you can, you can and if you think you can’t, you’re right.”
After that discussion, I’ve been mulling over what I would do if I knew I only had a certain number of years left. One thing for sure, I wouldn’t be working so hard, regardless of how much I enjoy my business. No, I think I would be travelling, trying to squeeze in as many countries and experiences as I could before I ran out of juice.
I’d probably also look at the old bucket list and start trying to tick off the items – like learning how to paint; getting a good camera and capturing the wonderful scenes and beauty around me; writing another book.
And I would spend more time visiting with family and friends, because those relationships are precious to me, and feed my soul.
All of which begs the question, what am I waiting for? Why do we put our life on hold while we are busy living our life? Why don’t we just live for the moment and stay in the present?
I’m going to dust off that bucket list and make a start.