I’ve never really appreciated “bucket lists.” That’s the list of things you want to do before you die. For starters, there is probably about a million or so items and places that ought to be on that list.
I can easily pick up about three or four places for such a list every time I read the newspaper travel section. Plus, you really can’t walk down the street without seeing someone or something that you could help along the way. Were they on your bucket list? Probably not.
That’s been my take on bucket lists. But this morning I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Why You Should Have a Retirement Chuck-It List.” Now this I can recommend.
Chuck It Lists
Here’s what the author Molly Mettler recommends:
The Chuck-It List are those items, behaviors and concerns that you are ready to let go, to willingly shed along with your professional, working persona.
She started with tossing out all the clothes that wouldn’t be needed for her retirement persona. Then she moved on to behaviors — dropping caring about anyone else’s opinion or following a list of “shoulds.” One retiree started openly and publicly expressing his opinion about his industry — without the restrictions implicit or explicit with his professional position.
For more thoughts, see the accompanying What’s On Readers Chuck-It Lists. I liked dropping the data link watch. There are also a number of recommendations about downsizing homes along with the accompanying lists of possessions.
Now I need to head to my closet and start tossing most of the suits and ties. They are still there, growing old and out of style, beckoning me to once more become someone’s model of the exemplary executive. Not sure I’ve ever quite made that goal.
Time to stop. Time to let go. Time to move on. Time to Chuck It.
Something to try on your PathForeWord.