Bringing Baby Boomers Out of the Old Fogey Closet
A Meme for the Young Minded Over Fifty Crowd

I just posted one of my Illustrated Retro Nano Stories - Heavy Metal Hip Replacement - and it reminded me of all the things I hoped/wanted to do with my life when I was still young and most of my life lay ahead of me.

I think we all make a list of things we want to be, things we want to do, people we'd like to meet or places we want to see at some point in our life. A recent movie, The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, was based on just such a list - you know, the list of things you'd like to do before "kicking the bucket".

I wanted to be a rock star - just for a minute because I can't sing my way out of a bucket - but I only made it onstage twice and that was folk singing. I wanted to be an archaeologist and the closest I got to that was watching Indiana Jones. I wanted to go on safari in Africa but settled for animal prints in my wardrobe.

I did manage to travel quite a bit of the world even though I never made it to Africa. I studied ancient civilizations and have seen some of the most impressive ancient architecture and several wonders of the world. I never dug up a rare treasure from past ages but I have
gazed in awe at the ancient beauty of the Acropolis, the pyramids of Giza, the ruins of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations and I have touched ancient stone petroglyphs that were carved into the rocks eons ago.

I never did become a rock star or even a roadie. It wasn't a real dream of mine anyway, just a fleeting itch to dress up like KISS and act out on stage while fire and brimstone rained all around me, lol. (Pssst, don't tell anyone - I'd still like to strut my stuff in black leather and grease paint - if only for one song - but maybe I'd do hot pink leather instead. . . .)

I never wanted to be a fireman, a ballet dancer, a cowboy or any of the other vocations that kids usually wish they could be, I only wanted to be an artist, and I have been a professional artist for nearly forty years. That fact alone has made me a very lucky person and made up for so many of the other things on my "bucket list" that I missed.

I also have a few years left to finish off my "bucket list". I might make it to Africa yet and maybe I'll dig up the missing link when I get there! You never know!

My point is this: Being over 50 is not the end of your life or your dreams. There's a lot of life left for most of us and maybe it's time to start dusting off those bucket lists and tending to our dreams again.

What's on your Bucket List?

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