Re-looking at Old Dreams on Your Bucket List

Imagine you have a Top 10 List of things you dreamed about doing someday.  Now you look at the list and decide it is too late or for some reason a dream can no longer be realized.

Way before the phrase Bucket List was coined I had the dream to dance with Fred Astaire.  I used to dance around my living room as a teenager while I watched Fred and Ginger in a late night movie.

It was a pie in the sky dream to begin with, but hey, what are dreams about?  Fred died.  So there goes the dream. Or, so I thought at the time.

About a year ago, I took up ballroom dancing.  I had always been passionate about dancing and really loved it — despite the fact that I had done very little of it.  Dancing just puts a smile in my heart.  Very quickly I had a de ja vu moment and realized that Johnny Francoviglia, my young dance teacher was my new Fred Astaire.

Johnny is a brilliant dance teacher and gave me the confidence to dance in a Holiday Showcase with him at Overland Park Ballroom in Kansas City.

Despite my anxiety and jitters, I loved every minute of it!   I had fulfilled a dream that I thought was no longer possible. I was living life to the fullest.

Maybe you would like to write a bestseller, visit the Vatican, or learn how to sail.  What about chasing a tornado? Consider whatever your heart desires.

So, I really want to hear — What’s on Your Bucket List?  Is there something that you can do, even in a modified way that will fulfill a long-held dream?

Please scroll down and share your thoughts and dreams with us in the reply box below. You may fuel the furnace of hope for someone else’s dream.

Leaving a Legacy That Lasts

A legacy for the rich and famous can very different from the average person. But, no matter who you are, you can leave a lasting impression that will be remembered by those whose lives you have touched. Continue reading “Leaving a Legacy That Lasts”

Remarkable Retirement Doesn’t Just Happen

Let’s reflect on your retirement status.  How do you spend your day?  What motivates you to get up in the morning? What do you look forward to with excitement?

If you have trouble getting off the couch or if most of your day is spent fulfilling obligations placed on you —  rather than planned by you;   if you don’t have something that really gets you excited — maybe it is time for to reassessment what retirement means for you.

There were so many years I spent my energy working my butt off to support myself, raise children, etc.   Crap, I started working for a paycheck when I was twelve years old and kept on going.   It seemed there was never enough time for everything.  There were always competing obligations, especially during the time I was a single working mom.  I so much looked forward to a time when I could do whatever I damn well pleased.  Well, now I can!  What a luxury!

Have you ever heard of a “seenager”? The little verse below put a smile on my face when it showed up in my inbox one morning.  It  speaks to Continue reading “Remarkable Retirement Doesn’t Just Happen”

How to Be Happy? Be a Rainbow!

Yesterday’s post focused on getting out of our own way and asking for help when we are in need.  Today, I want to talk about how you can be a help — a blessing, a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Growing up we were taught not to be selfish, to share and be generous — to help one another.  “Love your neighbor”.

Mother Teresa, just canonized as a saint by the Pope said:

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

Now, we are learning with scientific research in neuroscience that helping others actually helps us — it makes us happy.

How to be Happy is About Helping Others

Judy is a 50 year old caretaker for my Down Syndrome son, Bob.  Judy is a Christian and she has a boatload of problems that would drown many people in despair.  Her faith helps to anchor her and give her life direction.  Continue reading “How to Be Happy? Be a Rainbow!”