We are all familiar with the idea of a bucket list: those things we'd like to accomplish before we "kick the bucket" and die.The 2007 movie made a lot of folks think about their life and their list
Dave has a different take on that concept, one that makes all the sense in the world to me. Instead of a bucket list, he suggests we consider our "best before" date. Think of the date on the jug of milk or carton of eggs. Dave says,
" I’m amazed at how few people seem to recognize — and plan for — the fact that good health doesn’t last forever. Except in rare cases, your life expectancy (how long you’ll live) and your health expectancy (how long your general good health will last) are not the same thing.
Instead, either slowly or suddenly, your health will fade. That sore knee might never fully heal. Your muscles won’t do what they used to. Some parts of your body will wear out. Or you’ll tire more easily.
You may not recognize it, but your body has a best-before date. Maybe your mind does, too. You just don’t know when that date is."
The awareness of the difference between our life expectancy and our health expectancy is a powerful concept. For almost all of us, he is exactly right. Our bodies will give out well before our time on earth. The years between those two events will not be available for the physical things we have always told ourselves we want to do.
Of course, there are plenty of activities that may be possible between those two dates. Using our minds, deepening relationships, or helping others are things we can do after our bodies say "No" to the 10k marathon.
But, Dave is simply pointing out the obvious: why wait until we are at death's door for our bucket list to happen? Start now, while we are still before our "best before" date.
Well said, Dave.
The full article is available here: http://brighterlife.ca/2012/06/14/no-bucket-list-for-me/