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  1. Oh yes..I find my bucket list shrinking as well. I just want to never set foot in a cubicle again. That’s it. They’ll probably have to haul my corpse out of one, though.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michelle, I think never going into a cubicle again is the best goal you can have. I decided that many years ago and thankfully, have been able to stick to it.

  2. You are so right Laurie – I feel like Midlife has swung in the opposite direction to what it was a couple of decades ago. Back then everyone was slowly fading into old age and becoming invisible – now we’ve done a complete 180 and we all are expected to have a long list of exciting things we’re about to undertake. My bucket list is pretty simple – a few little things to do but no great plans – I just can’t be bothered with all the hoo hah of competing with the go-getters!

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, Isn’t it the truth? I find I feel happiest and safest at home — especially in this volatile world. Glad you feel the same about a simple bucket list.

  3. When I saw the headline, I thought, how can that be? How can your bucket list shrink? But, I saw the first one and realized, yes. That happens. I also wanted to live in Manhattan at one point, but I agree, being able to come back to Connecticut at the end of the night is soothing! I would also have to shrink my bucket list because I’ve already done three of them.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, There’s still plenty I want to do, but I’m getting more comfortable with not getting to a lot of them. Maybe I’ve travelled enough to say, I can throttle back a little. Of course, never say never. Life has a funny way of surprising us.

  4. My whole outlook on life is changing and so many things I just don’t want to do anymore. Hubby and I have talked about how our plans for life have morphed over the years and fortunately, they’re in sync. I’m not going to conquer the world and that’s okay. I can still influence and try to improve my little piece of it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, So very true. Our plans do change as we get older. I’m not as ambitious or hungry for experience as I used to be. Maybe because I’ve gotten a lot out of my system? Who knows. Glad you and your hubby are in sync. That’s important.

  5. Even at its peak, my bucket was rusty that housed my list, and I’m okay with that. I don’t like to travel, and I’ve finally had the courage to admit that. Doesn’t mean I won’t travel, as I love getting to my destination, but I hate the process of coming and going and have high anxiety about it. Antiarctica was never on my list but Paris was and if I don’t make it there, I’ll survive. As for swimming with dolphins, I don’t like to swim, so adding dolphins to the mix would be overwhelming!

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, Sounds like you have your priorities straight! I hope you get to Paris someday, but if you don’t, that’s okay too. Whatever works.

  6. Apart from swimming with the dolphins (which I did while still young(er) and a little more daring), I have to agree to none of the above. But I have a Husby who’s list is still Loooong. Sigh.

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