Monday, October 29, 2018

Life is too short...

I took this in our community.

Living in a retirement community means seeing the constant movement of old residents being replaced by new residents.  For the old, most of them are in their 80s to over 100. Seeing smiling happy bingo players on a Friday becomes hearing about their deaths on Saturday.

It is time, time to realize your bucket list or any list should not be delayed.  That said, here is some of my list:


Life is too short to...

Order the cheapest entree on the menu.
Buy and eat store-bought sushi.

Sleep on an old mattress.

Use duct tape to fix the same thing over and over.

Be ignorant of history. Knowing the past 
changes how you understand the present.


Be mean. You will regret this
all your life.

Stay silent when speaking out will help people
or situations.

Avoid puddles when walking. Splash in them, dang it.
Stay inside at sunset. God created them, they are amazing.

Put off sorting through the boxes of photos in your closet.
They are not going away. Having your heirs do this is
embarrassing.


Watch TV all the time, regardless
what is on.
Make judgments about people.


Eat stale bread. Bread is God's gift.

Gossip. Truth will out. 

Purchase absolutely the least expensive, most awful toilet paper.

Rage at and curse the TV.
Give up on someone.
Drink cheap wine.

this is from Calliers Chocolate factor in Switzerland. You have no idea.

Consume poor quality chocolate (go for the good stuff, like from Switzerland).

Avoid saying "I'm sorry".
Behave angrily and irrationally.


Be too proud to ask forgiveness.
Buy store-bought pie. I am a pie snob.

Be serious all the time.
Discount power of prayer.

Make plans to do something or go somewhere, but then don't do it.
Wear cheap shoes.

Eat an ice cream whose flavor you hate 
for some strange reason. 

Neglect friends or family.
Be serious all the time.

Forget what it was like to be a child.

Suppress a giggle. 



This list could go on and on. Don't you have a list of your own? What is it? What should you do about it?



This is written in memory of Ed Repik, age 83, who died on a day after Bingo from a fall.  to say he was a good man is not adequate. He will be missed by all who knew him.

44 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Susan.

    Most of these we know as children, but the years change us. My mom taught us always to be grateful for what we have and no matter the financial situation, save and go on a vacation.

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  2. That's quite a list. Life is too short to spend it looking backwards longing for the past.Guilty as charged.

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  3. Eating ice cream you don't like is kind of punishment.

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    1. Oh it is so punishment. I have done because my husband always buys what he wants, thinking I will like it too.

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  4. Great list indeed. Agreed on cheap shoes, they just hurt your feet. And toss the crummy old mattress too. And it is too short to work 24/7, screw that. Although in order to live it you need $$$, so there is the catch 22.

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  5. Hi Susan - yes it is all coming towards us ... and as you say embrace what you can do - smile, be happy and be positive ... sounds like Ed was a delightful man - love the post for him and for us all - cheers Hilary

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  6. I am embracing many of the good things you suggest in this list and so my list would have many of the same points. Prayer uplifts me and fellowship with other people. I treat myself to good food, especially fruit in season.

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  7. Ah, if only I could wear cheap shoes. They don't make cheap shoes in my size. All my life I've wanted cheap shoes that were in fashion.

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    1. I have worn those cheap shoes for the same reason. But my feet reprimand me every time.

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  8. Smiling can change everything. I don't make lists, but I live by many of the things on yours.

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    1. You have a list in your head without knowing it, because it is exactly what you said.

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  9. Life is too short to live without courage. And the occasional risk. And it is definitely to short to live without love and laughter.

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  10. That's such a gorgeous picture! I'm sorry for the loss of a good person.

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    1. The service telling of Ed's history and accomplishments was astounding.

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  11. Oh my goodness, Susan … there's so much TRUTH here! I love the idea of making a drafting a similar list.

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    1. Go for it! Everyone needs to be reminded of what is truly important.

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  12. My list is full of DO's. At the top of the list is DO smile. You cannot be unhappy if you smile and as a direct result of your smile you make someone else happy too.

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  13. Very smart list. How i would love some good sushi right now!

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    1. Good sushi! My husband doesn't eat it, so he thinks any sushi is good sushi.

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  14. My head kept nodding as I read your excellent list. Couldn't argue with any of them. Sounds like Ed didn't waste his time here and put his mark on a lot of people.

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    1. Ed sure did. He was an aeronautical engineer, worked for NASA, was friends with Buzz Aldrin. But he never talked about all that. He talked about his family.

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  15. I had a bucket list that included things like sky diving and abseiling. They've been crossed off because I'm worried now about falling and breaking something, like a hip.
    Stale bread makes better toast, so there is always stale bread here.
    Swiss chocolate is good, but Belgian is better in my opinion.

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    1. Swiss vs. Belgian...hmmmm. Must do an extensive taste test.

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  16. I have never had a bucket list, just take things as they come. My cat keeps me sane and happy, both together. I keep wondering when would be the right time to stop blogging... perish the thought!

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  17. Sorry about the loss of your friend.

    I don't have an official bucket list, but I do have things I want to do and try. I've gotten a lot better about saying no to things that impede that, and am working on making better use of my time.

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    1. Making better use of time is really important. That is one that I also must work on.

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  18. I've never been much of a list-maker, but I don't disagree with any of the items you listed here. I kinda DO those these without having made a conscious decision to do them, ya know? The toughies for me are buying the "good" stuff for myself. I have no problem spending money on other people, but I've always tried to meet my own needs on the cheap. The older I get, the better I am at not always buying the ugliest shoes in the store simply because they're cheap. :)

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    1. Oh, you are so right. We women tend to "take the last bits" of dinner so our family gets fed.
      Such a good observation.

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  19. Very true. In a way, an inspirational post! Enjoy the present, and worry not about the future! We shall cross the bridge when it comes!
    I have a short bucket list; and hopefully, I would be able to score off a few in it.

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    1. My list is probably silly in many ways, but it does remind me to rejoice in all small and large things that make a better person.

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  20. I love reading your articles. Thank you very much. Write more.

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  21. Thank you for this post.This is very interesting information for me.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!