If you knew you were coming up to the end of your life, what would be the last few things that you’d do? Your THING list?
I don’t know what I would do, when it gets down to it. It would be nice if those things were something that mattered. Things that would leave a legacy. And, I sure do have a long list of things that I want to do. Yeah. Like Santa’s list. LOOOOONG.
Most people when they get to the last years of their life seem to only be able to consider very few things to accomplish. I guess there is less stress if the list is short. It has to be because the time runs short. But we could make a long list of those items that we want to see done and only make sure it was stuff that would matter to our left-behinds and the world at large.
Now here’s an idea: What if we decided to hit that long list NOW instead of THEN?
See, waiting until the end of our days to accomplish that last most important “thing” list is not smart. There isn’t enough time. There isn’t any energy. And well, we will be busy remembering the things we did, not actively seeking out new things to do.
This “thing” list needs to really be big stuff. IMPORTANT stuff. It should point someone to something bigger, more impacting, longer lasting, and frankly, more interesting than my measly life. What about making it full of hope, love, and happiness? What if it made people think, really think, and ask questions about big ticket stuff, like the meaning of life?
Another boulder in the road of doing that “thing” list in the last days is, if you fail at it, well you are just a failure. Try try again won’t happen. No way you can repair the broken things, and try to make them work. And finding creativity is harder with every new year. Believe me, I know this one. Some of us run short on funds to put forth for new ventures also. Those last items on the old bucket list, if we do it right, should be LOUD and clanging and make people take note. Hard to do that when our bodies and minds and voices are in the waning era of life.
So, what is to be done? Start now. Start today. Make that “thing” list and get busy. Quit telling yourself that you will do that “thing” when you have enough money, retire, the kids move away, get married, get divorced, lose ten pounds, etc. STOP stop stop. The time is now. The world needs your input.
So do I.
What would you put in your “thing” list?