Commentary by Lorene Burkhart
At a recent gathering of friends, all ages and we shared our bucket lists or if you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Four of the nine men and women had travel as their wish and all of them acknowledged that their children wouldn’t let them travel unaccompanied. Interesting how roles have reversed. This present a business opportunity for enterprising “in betweens” who are in their 70s and in good health. Travel pals would solve the problem when family members aren’t available, and they might be more fun!
One of the creative bucket list wishes was an elderly gentleman who wanted to return to his country of birth and youth, Germany, to reconnect with surviving schoolmates. He indicated that a romantic interlude would be a delightful possibility. Ah! Love is always in the air.
An article about retirees stated that we get happier naturally as we age because we find that our relationships with family and friends bring more joy than the striving of earlier years.
Being rather than doing brings a sense of fulfillment. For instance, being a role model fills a need to do something for others. I’ve enjoyed hearing my elderly friends tell me about traveling with their grandchildren, especially without their parents to do the eye rolling!
My recent college graduate grandchildren told me they would never forget our riverboat trip in the south of France. They each requested private time with me to chat about their lives. There isn’t anything better than that experience. Top of the bucket list!