Kind of a “bucket list”…

being in the fourth quarter of my life affords me some privileges.    being critical tonight is one.

there’s a lot about older people that should be admired.   just making it to “old” should earn a shout out.   the ability to give wisdom and insight is right at the top of the list, too.    many older people have time and resources to share…and do it.   there’s definitely a lot more.   i’m grateful for some awesome examples of growing older that have been there throughout my life…and continue to be right now.

but there’s also some other stuff.   things that i don’t want to see creep into my life.   especially now.   things that i have seen in the lives of older people…that i don’t ever want to see in mine.

i don’t want to act like people owe me anything.

i don’t want to stop having fun.

i don’t want to stop learning.

i don’t want to stop taking risks and living by faith.

i don’t ever want to be annoyed by young people.

i don’t want to be shocked by what changes in youth culture.

i don’t want to grow legalistic, narrow-minded or judgmental.

i don’t want to stop working.

i don’t want to stop listening to loud rock and roll…without hearing aids.

i don’t want to be demanding.

i don’t want people to be afraid of offending me.

i don’t want special treatment.

i don’t want to waste my life in a recliner…unless it’s on wheels.

i don’t want to stop making a difference.

i don’t want to stop listening to people.

i don’t want my life and my opinions to be a measuring stick for anybody.

i don’t want to grow more opinionated…less would be great.

i don’t want to lose my ability to laugh at myself.

i don’t want to live in the past.

i don’t want to lose my sense of adventure.

i don’t want to be predictable.

i don’t want young people to avoid me.

i don’t want to avoid talking about dying with my boys.

i don’t want to stop pushing to grow deeper.

i don’t want to lose my passion for the kingdom.

i don’t want to grow complacent in my commitment and stale in my faith.

i don’t ever want to think i know enough…about god…about faith…about life…about discipleship.

i don’t want to stop being surprised by god.

i don’t want to grow cynical, cold, pessimistic or angry.   i could handle being slightly crotchety, tho.   i think  i already am.

i don’t want to stop thinking,  growing,  creating,  serving,  giving,  sacrificing,  singing,  or loving.

am i expecting too much?

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10 thoughts on “Kind of a “bucket list”…

  1. I’m thinking alot of us have already crossed at least 50% of that list off as unobtainable at this point…….Should there be something about sleeping or not sleeping in church on this list?

  2. This is a great list.
    And no, its not too much to expect. You already have a great start on it.
    This list encourages me. So what I do now with my thoughts and actions, will determine how I will be in my old age.

  3. As someone that is really only one quarter behind you in this game we call our lives this list is encouraging. Your life may not be a measuring stick for others but it is definitely an example. I’m glad to be a sideline spectator in the Farra Bowl.

  4. Fabulous list! I think this list is doable – at least for you! Everyone of those I’ve seen you model at some way or another. It would be difficult to focus on all at once but they all seem to blend together for a satisfied life.

    I like that.

  5. I love this list – thanks for making me think. I really don’t mind this “Growing Old” stuff!
    It’s pretty fun.

  6. I never considered desiring to be less opinionated. I don’t think I’d want to lose it permanently, but switching on and off would be nice.

  7. This is why I love having you as a “boss.”

    I think working on these things starts a long time before you get to the fourth quarter. I know I need to. Thanks for giving me a good example.

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