The Hit List - Time buckets

The year is half over.

It’s been over a year since we ousted he who shall not be named.

The grandbaby is walking. Soon, they will turn two.

I’m almost the big six-oh. (Not until next year.)

Because I’m a woman of a certain age, I think about time a lot. Of course, the media doesn’t let me forget about it either. My social media is littered with ads about supplements, medicine, and anti-aging products. I really don’t need those reminders. My body keeps a running tally of what’s no longer young and supple.

Sometimes the whole notion of hurtling toward a coffin (cremation, in my case) is kinda morbid. Yet, there I was thinking about it when I stumbled across a book called Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life. Yeah, I know…the title is grim. Even so, I decided to get it and see what the fuss was all about (lots of five-star reviews), fully expecting some depressing stats.

The concept is simple: you figure out how many years you have left (with age 76 as the typical life span), divide that into five-year buckets, and set goals for each bucket of time. The goals are personal and financial, with the premise of living your life to the fullest while making sure you have the funds to support you. In other words, it’s a way to organize your goals and enjoy your life while still saving for the future.

If I follow this logic, I have about sixteen years before croaking. Hmmm…

So that equates to three five-year buckets. What do I want to accomplish or experience in that time? Considering I will be retired in five, I will have ten years after retirement to do my thing, whatever that may be. In the meantime, I have to work.

Of course, the number one goal is to see the grandbaby reach adulthood and become a decent, kind person. But what else?

I’d like to go back to Hawaii, write a few more books, and help fellow metaphysical authors. New York once a year is on that list, which kind of breaks my heart to think I might only get to see my favorite city fifteen more times. Yikes.

So, what is the point of this post? I don’t know. I’m trying to wrap my head around what time I might have left this year, the next five years, and beyond. I’d like to make the rest of my life feel meaningful, but what does that even mean? I don’t have the answers…only more questions. Sigh.

All this talk about buckets leads me to believe it’s better to follow Amy Sedaris and make a “fuck it bucket,” a one-gallon pail filled with candy, rather than worrying about it all. Hmmm…if I do one a year for the next fifteen years…that’s a lotta candy. And that would take a lifetime to consume. I’ve got time.



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