Stay healthy enough to visit my kids and grandchildren, to hike and explore.
Continue to think and act so as to promote the prospects of continued good health as long as possibly, for this is a primary responsibility for all. Everything else is secondary. When you are healthy and feel good, everything is good! Conversely, when you are in poor health, things cannot be so good. Whenever negatively impacts your life, an attitude change is not just the best medicine – it’s the ultimate preventative of ill fortune.
Come into and enjoy spending a lot of money.
There are countless things I’d enjoy doing, but even a fraction of such activities would be impossible to experience in the time left.
Like many others, I want to pause and enjoy more sunsets and sunrises, the company of my darling mate and treasured family members, hours and hours of classical music, regular physical exertions with and without textiles, tasty foods, naps, plays and movies, museums and, somewhat less common, a few more triathlons.
I could go on and on but I’ll leave off with mention of an overall passion that will remain left to do as long as I’m viable. This is a role peculiar to interests that have animated my professional life for half a century.
What’s left to do is to seize every occasion to share, primarily through lectures, information varied groups of people about two different but complementary phenomena: 1) the REAL wellness concept that leads to the enjoyment of optimal health and exuberant living, and 2) the life, the work and the words of an extraordinary 19th century orator, famous in his time but almost unknown today, namely, Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899).
At this point I just want to stay healthy and happy. Of course, if I could learn to swim like a dolphin instead of like a doggy, that would be a plus.
I’m pretty happy with the way my life is going right now. As I look to the future, I hope to continue with an active lifestyle. Specifically, I’d like to win another world title or two (or more!). Bless the person who invented five-year age group sports, which makes such accomplishments realistic. Of course, by the time you are in the third or fourth year of any age group, the advantage is a bit diminished, but it’s still better than taking on the spry whippersnappers in the age group below your own.
But, the future lies ahead, as one wag observed, and I’m already looking ahead two years when I’ll be a whippersnapper myself, setting the pace (hopefully) for ladies in the 80-85 category.
Triathlon also involves travel, which means there are lots more places in the world I want to explore. How about a triathlon in the Galapagos (conservationists probably won’t go for that), or South Africa, Fiji and other intriguing exotic locales still unchecked on my bucket list?
I still have dreams about breaking a major news story. I primarily cover environmental stories now. Such features have no hard deadlines, as environmental problems go on forever. I have focused on water quality with an emphasis on the Great Lakes and there are plenty of stories to uncover about threats to this great water body.
I also hope to assist my children and grandchildren accomplish their goals of graduating from college and embarking on successful lives.
And most of all I hope I can handle the challenges of aging with energy and grace.
I have no set goals. I want to keep doing whatever my body and mind allow while doing my best to set a worthy example for others.
There are so many things left to do. I have control over some, others not so much.
I want to be as involved as possible in the lives of my grandchildren – they are the future of my family.
Explore more sources of meaning a bit more, learn more about my heritage via a genealogy test, since I suspect that one is very much shaped by where he/she comes from.
Continue my athletic and social interactions with my wellness club.
Continue to participate in national and world duathlons and triathlons, while travelling about the world with my wife.
As a spectator, witness the Chicago Cubs win at least one more World Series, and one more Loyola University of Chicago NCAA Championship.
* Zip line
* Take more college courses for seniors
* Travel to Round Top, TX and Hawaii again
* Master current technologies (e.g., computer and ipad)
I have a lot of stuff in many different locations that I should get rid of. Recognizing that all of the important things, like my race medals and T- shirts will be thrown out by my family when I’m gone, I would like to establish a sure, safe place where they can be kept for future generations and possibly the Roger Little Museum.
I have been on the podium at the Ironman world championship twice. I badly want to make the top step.
Plenty, even though I don’t have or want a bucket list. I plan to continue racing well into my 80’s.
I also plan to continue to enjoy many pleasures of life. Besides competing in triathlons, duathlons, and running races (a big part of my life for over 40 years) I still want to enjoy water skiing, downhill and cross country skiing, multi-day biking/camping trips, working in the yard, teaching exercise classes, hot air balloon rides, parasailing and jumping out of airplanes. I also love doing stitcheries. What I derive the most pleasure from is dancing – line dancing, tap dancing and ballroom dancing. I never played team sports but I love the camaraderie of racing. I’ve met so many friends this way. A few years after losing my husband of 54 years, I found a wonderful man who has given me much love, happiness and support.
I’d also like to see more of the world..
You’ll get no lofty pronouncements from me on this subject. While the proverbial journey of a thousand miles might commence with a first step, the journey is much shorter now and, if there is light at the end of that imaginary tunnel, it’s getting dimmer by the week. What makes life so appealing still, even at 80, is the eager willingness I enjoy to visualize a future still rich with attractive endeavors.
So I run and walk/jog and move forward as long as possible, when I get to the point where I’m just too pooped to go on any longer.
No man can remember when he commenced, and no man can remember when he ends (Ingersoll), so why fret about that which no one can control.
What’s left to do? Hmm. It’s a question, truly, I’ve not given special consideration. Still, since asked, deportment insists I respond.
I’ve lived the good life. While there have been storms, awfully heavy at times, always I’ve come through better than before and more appreciative, blessed and wiser. I was honored to practice medicine and always strived to fulfill its motto, We will care and follow you until you are well.
As I was retiring after close to 40 years, I caught a second wind – an urge to play. Earlier it was running, then quickly upon, biking. Soon I lusted to compete and I did, culminating in my favorite – triathlons. After struggling in water, and prone to hyperventilating, I finally righted myself and worked into the addictive state of a super-health lifestyle. This lifestyle has been totally rejuvenating.
It’s also a pattern which has been contagious within our family. So, what’s left to do? I’d say to continue as is! If I’ve fallen upon a joyful phase of life, why corrupt it with overzealous activities that my family doesn’t need? Therefore, I intend to do the same ol’ same ol‘… likely with a more judicious spring to my hop and, when it’s over, it’s over.
Something like that will likely be emblazoned on my tombstone.