Resolution: A firm decision to do or not to do something. A Bucket list: a list of everything that you want to be, do, have or experience in life.
Look at the meaning of the word resolution it’s a “decision” to ponder then worry about the consequences of making the wrong choice; or dealing with the guilt of not following through with losing weight, limiting caffeine intake, to stop smoking, and eat healthier the list goes on and on.
May I suggest considering a bucket list instead. Imagine the joy of skydiving, changing careers, opening a business, taking a dance class, traveling, and taking a cooking class to release that gourmet cook crying to get out. A bucket list is about “doing” “being” and “experiencing, “ all the things that people keep insisting are impossible because we are too busy being responsible adults.
A bucket list should be fun and obtainable and the upside is that there is no pressure to get the list completed in twelve months. The truth of the matter is life gets in the way of those resolutions like the donuts in the office break room; they sabotage your resolve to eat healthier, so you tell yourself as your eating that second chocolate eclair washing it down with a cup of coffee.
I did not realize I had a bucket list until I wrote down a list of goals I had accomplished. In my 20’s I modeled for the School of the Visual Arts and was a professional gospel singer. In my 30’s I became a freelance writer having no prior experiences. In my 40’s I wrote an award winning play, became a grandmother, and dated a rock star for six years. Now in my 50’s, I have completed my memoir to be published this year, had a supporting role in a play and changed careers twice. This year I am adding to my bucket list interning at a radio station and auditioning for another play. Not bad for a high school dropout who only wanted to get an education and have a great paying job.
What are you waiting for? Drop those deadbeat resolutions and get started on that bucket list.
What say you?