Far from being a euphemism for ‘make the most of it because you haven’t got long’, a bucket list can be a trigger for realising your dreams and reinventing yourself just because you can.
We already established in the previous blog that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself, particularly if you feel you need to move in a different direction.
Perhaps you are about to step away from your usual work situation. Perhaps you’ve already done this. Perhaps you are considering retirement but are not sure whether to take this decision. There may be financial implications attached to this experience. Perhaps, and here’s the crunch, you aren’t certain about your future; what to do, where to go, how you want to ‘show up’ going forward.
We have discovered through our research that many people who are or who are about to retire have these concerns. We hear comments like, ‘I’ll be on the scrapheap’, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do’, ‘I’m just not ready to stop working’. If any of this resonates with you, you’ll be feeling it. If you then add the thought that you might live another 10, 15, 20 years or more, what are you going to do with your time, especially if you STILL HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE?
Perhaps now is the time to reinvent yourself; create an exciting, fulfilling and meaningful ‘next chapter’ that you can feel proud of. People say they get a sense of personal ‘renewal‘ when they reinvent themselves. Some say it’s like a rejuvenation, a fresh start. Reinvention brings powerful rewards (including contributing to the coffers), for example:
- Develop a sense of purpose
- Validate who you are
- Demonstrate your skills
- Share your wisdom
- Leave a valuable legacy
- Satisfy your personal motivators
- Maintain your standing in society
- Reinforce your sense of who you are
What’s on your bucket list? Is your work not yet done? Choose to design and create your next chapter and discover the extraordinary experience of personal reinvention.