Kicking the Bucket List

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Like a freezing bucket of ice water being splashed in my face, the shock of it hit me. My children just finished their 7-week summer swimming lesson. That means we have already been out of school for seven weeks. That means they start back in fewer than three. That means we are running out of time. We have to fit it all in. We haven’t done this, this, or that.

And just as my thoughts started spiraling deeper and deeper, I caught a wave of clarity: It is time to kick the bucket list.

Bucket lists have lost their somewhat sinister meaning (things to do before we die) and have now become more of a “fun things to do list.” People create bucket lists for everything — summer bucket lists, holiday bucket lists, thing to do on vacation, places to travel, books to read, bucket lists of bucket lists to conquer…

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