My Bucket List

“Stop dreaming about your bucket list, and start living it” Annette White

In a previous post I wrote about the day I started to live like I was dying. It was back in 2010 and that moment totally changed my life. My life is now focused on experiences, not things. A few years before my Mom died from Alzheimer’s we would talk often about her regrets, what she hoped for me and what she would do differently. She regretted that she was so focused on saving money for retirement that she really didn’t take the time to travel. She didn’t realize that her health would deteriorate at a fairly young age (before she turned 65) and would not have the opportunity to do so. She used to say “Petey (my nickname), don’t do what I did. Yes, save your money so you can be comfortable in retirement but also enjoy life and travel and experience things while you can. Don’t be like me. You deserve that”. I took her advice to heart and after my medical issue in 2010 and I made a bucket list.

My Bucket List:

“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page” St. Augustine

  • Greece (completed in 2011)
  • Amalfi Coast, French Riviera, and Switzerland (completed in 2018)
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Tahiti and Bora Bora
  • The rest of Italy & Prague
  • Viking Cruise (Danube)
  • Ireland/Scotland/England
  • Canadian Rockies Tour
  • U.S. National Park Tour
  • Hawaii
  • Fall Color Tour on the East Coast
  • Charleston and Savannah
  • Africa
  • New Mexico
  • Austin, Texas
  • Trips within Florida (Destin, Jupiter, Mount Dora, Key West to name a few)
  • Cruises

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts, its the life in your years”. Abraham Lincoln

The definition of a bucket list as defined in the Oxford Dictionary is a number of experiences or accomplishments that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. Mine just so happen to be travel related. I have a few other bucket list items that are not travel related that I will write about in a future post. I am sure many of you know people who have died prematurely or died right after they retired and did not get the chance to enjoy their life or achieve some of their bucket list items. If you don’t have a bucket list, I encourage you to to write one and include any travel or other experiences that you want to accomplish in your lifetime and start doing them. Financial constraints are certainly a consideration for what items are included on a bucket list, but they should not preclude you from not having a list of experiences you would like to have or things you would like to accomplish.

Tomorrow is not promised. It is a gift. I am so thankful to my Mom to give me the wake up call to start living my life, and not put off things until tomorrow. Later this week, I leave for a 38 day trip to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Bora Bora and plan on having the trip of a lifetime (assuming the fires in Australia don’t thwart my plans). I am going to make my Mom proud and think of her daily as I enjoy the beauty and experiences we will behold. Alzheimer’s may eventually steal my mind and ability to do things, but I am living in the moment, enjoying the heck out of everyday, loving my family and friends and making the best out of my situation. When I return from this trip, I will start planning my next trip. Not today, Alzheimers, not today!

What’s on your bucket list? Send me a comment and let me know. God bless you.

13 thoughts on “My Bucket List

  1. Thanks Kelly, agree, great advice from you and your Mom. Have a great trip! Looking forward to the pictures and hearing about the experiences!
    Love ya,


    1. Thank you, Maria. My advice to you is enjoy a little more and work a little less. I wish I would have learned that earlier. I don’t think my health would have deteriorated as much if I didn’t live to work instead of work to live. Balance is the key. (hint hint, my friend). Love you.


  2. Sweetest Kelly, you are a gift. I am listening and considering what my bucket list is. It is not travel as much as how I can use my God-given talents to make this a better place rather than worrying about cleaning the house or fixing up the garden or the other myriad of tasks I find. Have a wonderful trip to Australia and about.


    1. Prudence, well my friend you have a lot of God-given talents that you can use to make the world a better place and enrich those around you, like you have me. I would not be where I am today if I would not have met you and had you as as a mentor, and someone I could emulate. I hope you enjoy your vacation as well. Love you, my friend.


  3. Hi Kelly, I found your blog today and want to say I am so sorry for your troubles! My mom and her mother both had dementia. Both are gone. I am 55. I don’t know my ApoE4 status, but I am living like it is positive. Have you ever seen this website? It’s a site for people with dementia or who are ApoE4 positive or their caregivers or friends. That includes just about everyone doesn’t it? There is a lot of promising data out, including scientific studies, using lifestyle changes depending on which type of AD you may have. It gives people hope that they can do something to help themselves that does not involve taking a drug since no drugs are effective against AD. Many people show improvement following the lifestyle protocols you can read about there. I thought I’d pass this along to you in case you may benefit from the information. I hope your trip is going well and you are having a great time! Warmly, Rachel ❤


    1. Rachel…. thank you so much for reaching out. I have not seen this site but I will definitely spend time looking at it. I appreciate you passing it along. I am sorry to hear about your Mom and Grandma, but I am glad you are living life like you are. Keep in touch.

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