Do you have a bucket list? Everywhere you go today, people are talking about their bucket lists – essentially it represents all the things we tend to put off because we think we’ll have time later to accomplish them. A bucket list brings happiness to your life. The Dalai Lama said, “The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” I believe achieving a goal brings us happiness. That’s where the term bucket list derived. Everyone seems to have a bucket list these days.
Signature Retirement Living communities have an incredible initiative for their residents. It’s the Signature Living List. If you think Bucket Lists are fantastic, wait until you hear about this! The Signature Living List embraces the spirit of turning one moment into a lifetime memory for our residents. Using a collaborative approach, the Signature properties work with their residents, each other and the community at large, to turn lifetime wishes into reality. Inspiration for the Living List comes from delving into happiness and meaningfulness.
WOW ! Ladies 77 and 87 years young, flying over Niagara Falls in a helicopter. Skyping with astronaut Chris Hatfield. Ballroom dancing with champions at 89 years of age. A personalized shopping experience. Doing Tai Chi in your 90s. Getting an up close and personal visit with Sampson the 5,000 lb hippo at the Toronto zoo and hand feeding him carrots. Boxed seats for the Jays game, Flying in an authentic professional flight simulator. It’s all so incredible and wonderful. Our wish is FOR our residents that we provide the best retirement living possible.
Bucket lists, or living wish lists are meaningful and cultivate well-being and sense of self over time and yet meaningfulness is distinct from happiness. It’s about choices. A Stanford psychologist research project suggests that meaningful choices consist of “…looking backwards – at choices that protect special memories, looking forward- that allow individuals to collect extraordinary experiences in their lives, and looking outward – choices that enhance the well-being of others and the world.”
While we are out in the world seeking extraordinary experiences, it is often found that the extraordinary is found in the ordinary. Real life creates the great adventures so get out there and live a little. What is your next great adventure? Life is not a matter of chance….it’s a matter of choice.