Ditch the Bucket List: Why You Need a Chuck-It List

Hey there! Ever heard of a “chuck-it list”? It’s a game-changer, and let me tell you why.

Picture this: On his 75th birthday, my mom decided to let go of her lifelong dream of learning Spanish. She called it her “chuck-it list,” and it was a liberating move.

We all love our bucket lists; they inspire us to dream big. But let’s face it, they can also stress us out when those dreams feel out of reach.

As a well-being enthusiast, I believe in fulfilling our own goals. But chasing every goal can lead to endless frustration. That’s where the chuck-it list steps in.

Are you haunted by the idea of not riding in a hot-air balloon-like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”? Go for it! But some goals can be let go. I gave up on parasailing, a 100-mile bike ride, and running a marathon. Moving them to my chuck-it list was freeing.

Creating your chuck-it list isn’t a cakewalk. It means shifting your perspective, like my neighbor did. She removed tough musical compositions from her bucket list, describing it as a “sweet loss.” It’s sweet because she can still enjoy them, but she won’t be playing them.

The key is to detach the value of your dreams from your self-worth. Embrace your chuck-it list, and you’ll realize it’s just as important as your bucket list. As you grow older, your goals evolve, and that’s okay. Give yourself permission to let go of the things you might never do without feeling guilty.

Life is full of unexpected joys you can’t plan for. So, say hello to your chuck-it list, and watch how it adds a refreshing twist to your journey. Cheers to living well and letting go of what doesn’t serve you!



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