Hands up, how many of us have honestly wrote down a list of things we just had to do before we were 40?
*All hands raise in unison, across the blogosphere*
Of course, we did. After all, we were always told that 40 is the midway line. It’s allegedly when we wave goodbye to our younger years… it’s all downhill from there. Whether you interpret downhill as something negative, or a more relaxed, easy-going, positive ride through life, that’s up to you.
We’ve all heard the age-old cliché, ‘life begins at 40’, too. Yet, what I’ve noticed in recent years is that life seems to truly begin a little bit later.
At 40, so many of us are still wrapped up, heavily (read: suffocated), by work. We’re in the midst of our careers. We’re working ridiculous hours, jumping from one deadline to another, attending an endless array of meetings. At 40, you still can’t see the light at the end of the employment tunnel. You’ve got a heck of a way to go.
What’s more, many of us are still slap-bang in the middle of parenting youngsters, too. Whether you have toddlers, tweens, or teens, the likelihood is that you still have children at home, who take priority over anything you’ve rustled up on your dream list of life experiences.
As soppy as it sounds, they are one of the greatest life experiences you’re going to have. So perhaps cherish that, rather than worrying over ticking items off your bucket list prematurely.
With this in mind, I propose, we switch up the mid-life bucket list, and restore it back to its default setting – an actual bucket list. Let’s be honest, we’re all living longer with improved health. Once retirement hits and the children have – hopefully – left home, then is the time to really switch up your finances and live a little!
After all those years of being hard at it in the office and in the home, living life for your boss and your family, your retirement years should be your time to rejuvenate and invest in yourself.
But, should you decide to cash in on some self-TLC, what is there to do? What would be in your Dream Shopping Basket? This hyperlinked online tool should help conjure up some ideas, but it won’t hurt to sprinkle some of my own wishes here too.
Personally, once I’ve paid all my bills, with my mortgage next to cleared (if not cleared – fingers crossed), I’d love to splurge and explore the world. Whether I’m in fine fettle and can trek around Asia, or I’m a little less able and choose to venture to different lands via sea cruises, I’m determined to discover some unseen countries.
Throw in a few cultural experiences too: vineyards, animal sanctuaries, yoga retreats, art classes… the list goes on.
I’d love to be in a position where I could contribute to my children’s first home deposits, their weddings, or their uni living expenses. And if there was a little left over, perhaps I could finally have that cosy country kitchen that I’ve always dreamed of.
What’s on your bucket list?
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