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Why We Need a Bucket List

March 9, 2015


never too old 3 Okay – Warning! I’m Annoyed!

I recently sent an article to a website to be considered for publication. It was a website for the more mature age group and I thought my article would be of interest. The article was not taken up – this didn’t make me annoyed as I’m new to writing so was prepared for this. It was the reason for rejection that ‘raised my hackles’!

Do you know that people over 60 are ‘not interested in Motivation or Goals’? Well if that is the case, I might as well roll over and die now!

The response I received ‘that Goal Setting and Motivation articles don’t usually do well’ (in this age bracket) made me think – “Am I pushing the wrong message?  No, I won’t accept that!”

I know of many people in my circle of friends and also in the media, who are well over 60 and still living life to the full. They have goals and dreams that they want to achieve and aren’t even contemplating slowing down.

As C.S. Lewis said “You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream”

I wonder what the reaction would be from my Cousin who at 72 is still working two days a week, is politically active and planning a trip to Europe, or my 83 year old friend who is constantly trying new things.  Media celebrities such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Rupert Murdoch, even Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame who completed a world tour last year at 70, have no intention of giving up and are wonderful role models proving that age is just a number.

We have often read of people in their late 80s and 90s who have graduated from University. Their reason? Because they had always had that goal and the opportunity did not arise until they had retired. These people still had dreams and goals and also had the motivation to succeed.

What is the Bucket List for if we have given up by the time we reach 60 years of age?

The Australian Government is considering raising the retirement age to 70, although I know that some people may still want to retire early or at the current retirement age of 65.

Retirement doesn’t mean that you stop working and then don’t have anything to look forward to. If you do retire that doesn’t mean life stops. It can be the beginning of a new and wonderful phase in your life.

Some people just love working for various reasons – it gives them a reason to get up every morning, they have a purpose in life and have social interaction with work colleagues.

At any age we need Motivation. It is healthy and keeps our minds and body in shape. Motivation and Goal Setting keep you on track and helps you measure your progress. We all need to feel we are achieving something and making the most of our lives. This feeling doesn’t just turn off when we reach 60!

In fact, as we grow older and we are more aware of our mortality, goal setting and motivation becomes even more important to ensure we live the precious life we have been given to the full. Goals and Motivation are a huge part of this.

This is why we need a Bucket List.

bucket listNow is the time! Write your Bucket List and be motivated to tick each one off.

Not sure how to do this? Read my blog New Year’s Resolutions – Time for a Reality Check 

What’s on your Bucket List? Share some of your list in the comments section.


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  • Reply Sue Anne Dunlevie March 9, 2015 at 08:17

    Right on! I understand your anger.

    I just read an interview with Judi Dench and she said she’ll never stop working and still has goals and dreams at age 80. (She is also dating a nice guy)


    • Reply sue March 9, 2015 at 08:25

      Thanks for the feedback Sue Anne, it is very frustrating to hear that over 60s don’t want to read about goals and motivation. I suppose it is up to us to get the message out!

  • Reply Marilyn Murray March 10, 2015 at 09:15

    Great article. I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Reply Kathleen March 25, 2015 at 21:47

    Sue, I am thankful that you connected on Pinterest and from there I came here to your site. When I read this article it almost sounded like I had written it LOL. We are both finding the same thing. Well all the best to you and keep up the good work. You might like this post I wrote
    I am a bit older than you, but like you I feel young.

    • Reply sue March 26, 2015 at 06:12

      Hello Kathleen, thank you for your comments and taking the time to come to my website from Pinterest. It is lovely to hear from like minded people and I was actually looking at your blog yesterday – so it is fate that our paths have crossed. I hope you subscribe to my webpage and follow me on facebook. I love your article and will leave a comment for you. Have a lovely day – Let’s Sizzle!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 6, 2017 at 08:57

      Oh I’m glad you found the post Kathleen and I’m off to read yours. It is all about how we feel in the mind isn’t it? Age shouldn’t define us. Have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply James April 1, 2015 at 20:17

    I love your Monday Morning Motivation emails to us. This movie The Bucket List was one of the best moives I’ve ever watched. Tim McGraw’s song Live Like You Were Dying is a perfect fit for this movie as well. I love everything about this movie and the songs in them. Thanks for sharing such uplifting and positive things with us on a weekly basis, Wendy! I look forward to them every Monday morning.Have an awesome and great week!

  • Reply Brandi Clevinger April 12, 2015 at 09:01

    I agree! It is said that 50 is the new 30, so why not have goals and motivation at 60? I’d be angry, too!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts at Inspire Me Mondays!

    • Reply sue April 12, 2015 at 10:41

      Hi Brandi

      Hallelujah! Someone else who agrees that we can still have our goals and motivation at 60. Thanks for your comments.

      Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill May 1, 2015 at 19:58

    Hi Sue – stopping by from Blog Boosters – and I wholeheartedly agree with you that goals are always important – nobody wants to sit around and stagnate when there’s still so much life left to live!

    • Reply sue May 2, 2015 at 08:35

      Hi Leanne thanks for stopping by. We are certainly of like mind. I’m just back from a 10.6km run and preparing for my grandson’s first birthday party. We have to make the most of every day! Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to Sizzle!

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues May 1, 2015 at 20:16

    I have also had an article refused (well, it was not refused but they wanted change pretty much all of it and I said no). Many times there is this stereotype built around ages, lifestyle, etc and sites just want to fit in this fabricated idea. Even if it does not reflect reality.
    It is a pity that you had to go through that as well but I am sure that better opportunities will show up soon.

    • Reply sue May 2, 2015 at 08:38

      I was a little put out at first but then that spurred me on to write something which a lot of people have agreed with. Since then I have met some lovely people through the blog linkup parties etc. I feel I know you even though you are on the other side of the world.

  • Reply Kim Hilbert May 1, 2015 at 23:38

    When I was in my very early 20’s I worked in a nursing home. One of the ladies was 100 years old. We got to talking and I’ll never forget her reason for never telling her age. “Once they know your age they put you on a shelf.” Meaning, they pigeon hole you into a role that you may not want. So even though she was at the impressive age of 100, she would never give her age.

    I feel that marketers do this much more aggressively, and we’re not all ready to be placed on a shelf. My blog’s demographics are for an age group much younger than I am. I enjoy what I do and I’m not going to try and write for my “Age Group”. I just can’t do it.

    • Reply sue May 2, 2015 at 08:41

      Oh what a wonderful way to look at things. May I quote this? It is so true and thank you for sharing. I’m actually torn as I don’t feel 57 so all I can do is encourage and inspire hopefully whoever reads my blogs.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt May 2, 2015 at 00:36

    I agree as well. Now more than ever, as aging adults, do we need different goals and validation for our wisdom as we continue our journey!

    • Reply sue May 2, 2015 at 08:44

      Thanks for the comment Terri. I am finding that most people have the same attitude as us which is great! The day you don’t set goals or dreams is the day you start to die I belive. Thank you and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Teresa May 3, 2015 at 12:10

    Of course you would still have goals! visiting from the blog booster party

    • Reply sue May 5, 2015 at 20:33

      Thanks for the comment Teresa. It looks like a lot of people agree with me. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Kathleen May 5, 2015 at 22:41

    This wonderful post was in the TOP SIX at Fridays Blog Booster Party#4 Sue will get special mention on Friday

    • Reply sue May 6, 2015 at 08:04

      Thank you Kathleen for your continuing support! Love Fridays Blog Booster Party

  • Reply Fridays Blog Booster Party #5 - Lifestyle Building Blocks May 7, 2015 at 13:59

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    • Reply sue May 7, 2015 at 15:54

      Thanks Kathleen great to be part of Fridays Blog Booster Party

  • Reply morna May 11, 2015 at 19:57

    It’s hard to imagine my parents or my marathon running aunt and uncle (all in their 60’s) not having any goals. Maybe these posts don’t do well for other reasons – perhpas older people are better motivated and don’t feel they need to read things to ‘get them going’. I’m pretty surprised though, my parents are really looking forward to life now they are retired. My mum has a huge bucket-list and I would think she would be interested in reading about goal-setting for the future.

    • Reply sue May 12, 2015 at 09:29

      Yes I know Morna, I was quite surprised. It is all a mindset and its great that your Mum is prepared for retirement. So many people aren’t and they feel lost because they haven’t thought about what they would like to do. Thank you for your comment. Way to go your active family!

  • Reply Random Musings May 11, 2015 at 22:29

    Wow, I can’t believe a publication aimed at over 60s has that attitude towards people in the age group they are writing for! I always thought one of the main perks of retirement was the chance to focus on completing things you’ve always wanted to do and couldn’t always fit in around work commitments. #goalsforgreatness

    • Reply sue May 12, 2015 at 09:33

      I know Debbie, I was so surprised and then I got annoyed. You are so right about having the chance to do what you want. Some people don’t plan for retirement and that was my point. If you have worked all your life you will feel lost if you don’t have goals and dreams to accomplish once you retire. Thanks again for your comment much appreciated.

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