This past summer I reconsidered my Seasonal To-Do List as a Possibilities List and found that mindset shift very up-lifting. (See Link to Berate or Celebrate blog here.) I recalled early in my retirement transition, as part of the Retirement Transition Process, I created a very long Possibilities List. (First post about that idea here: Sept 23 2015, and then a relook for inspiration here: Oct 18, 2017) Thinking about possibilities at this point in my retirement, I was inspired to go back and look at that original list!
My Life Possibilities List was intended to be a source of inspiration – to help bring clarity to what I wanted in my life (my Life Plan), to create daily/weekly/monthly action plans, and/or to look to when I need a little push out of boredom, which I worried about in my early retirement days. I originally targeted to have 150 items on the list, but ended up with 300 items on the list!
My intent in a relook now is to first see how many things I did do (reminisce and celebrate!) and, more importantly, are there items I really still feel an urge to do. What is on that old Possibilities List that will bring me joy now, in this stage of my retirement? What thing(s) would I really regret not checking off?
I noted that over time I did cross off the list ideas that were really not in line with my interests. Retirement gave me time to do in-depth personal reflection and get to know myself more. And that allowed me to decide some things I put on the Possibilities List really did not fit the authentic me, nor the lifestyle I wanted to live.
I was excited to see how many items I did implement. I was unnerved to see many things that will not happen as they simply reflected a different point of my life (continuing to mentor, Ohio day trips). And I was inspired to add some things to my new seasonal possibilities lists.
My Fall Possibilities List is almost ready to go. Fall weather here is perfect time to be out & about and folks who were “gone for the heat” will be back. I have lots of Fun Tribe event planning to do! Between the “normal” stuff (classes, clubs, friend connects, crafts) and my Fall Possibilities, I’m looking forward to the next few months. Once again my seasonal list contains a few more “challenging” ideas:
- Garage clean out and organize. We’ve been in the house now over a year and this was on the original move-in to-do list. It requires hubby cooperation!
- Tourist in Own Town. There are so many things I still want to explore: State Park hikes, the Florida Aquarium, the Cross Bay Ferry, museums, tubing. Too many ideas for one season?
- E-bay selling. I’ve boxes of things that I am hoping to (finally) sell; eBay will require a learning curve. This activity has been on the to-do list for a couple of years!
What’s a challenging or fun item on your seasonal list, if you plan one?
Picture: My latest glass flower creation!
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