Resolution is such a restrictive word. Is it any wonder so few people manage to stick with the resolutions they set for themselves? I have found that if I make a 2-year bucket list, I manage to accomplish better than 50% of the items on that list. For 2013-2014, there were 22 items on the list. I have only 9 items remaining as of today. These 9 items will be at the top of my 2015-2016 list. Of course, I can always add to the list anytime during the 2-year period. I certainly don’t want to run out of goals.
What exactly does someone look forward to if there is no anticipation of completion? The joy is in the journey, and once the destination is achieved, a new journey needs to be planned. I can’t imagine having nothing to work toward. Knowing that I’m moving forward, rather than rooting myself like unwanted vegetation, makes me happy. I feel sorry for those who look forward to retirement as a time when they no longer have to do anything. I know people who retired and ended up dead in six months because they had nothing to replace the job in their day-to-day living situation. The human mind and the human spirit were meant to be challenged. And only challenge keeps us moving forward.
When people have the type of jobs where they work and work and work with no end of the project or task, they become very unhappy. Those who have goals to accomplish and a light at the end of that tunnel, feel fulfilled when the task is complete, and are more than willing to take on a new task. They are happy, relaxed and suffer less depression when they know there is an end to the project. Yet when you ask them what they feel best about, it is generally their ability to work hard and stick with it until finished, not the end result in and of itself.
And so, my bucket list for 2015-2016 is momentarily complete. It is a thing in motion, and I will add to it as needed. But I feel confident that I will accomplish my first 9 list items.
Isn’t it time for you to make your own bucket ist?