Bucket Lists

“Bucket Lists” are a hot trend these days – as a headline for countless travel articles online and in magazines.  The phrase originally referred to a few special things people wanted to accomplish before they died.  Now it has been co-opted as an endless compilation of far-flung travel destinations and exotic activities (underwater cave diving, anyone?) whose checking off is a competitive activity – who can do the most, and of course post the photos on Facebook or Instagram.  We’d like to remind people that those nearing death actually get comfort and joy from much simpler things, like visiting a beautiful garden, getting together with friends, or a last horseback ride.  Life is not about who dies with the most “toys” or passport stamps.  Find what is important to you and do it – not to impress others, but to bring lasting happiness to you and those you care about.