Ten to Twenty Years

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Alica Mckenna Johnson

Photo from Tar Sands Blockade


No I have not FINALLY been caught and sentenced to prison. Rude!

I have recently turned forty and been a bit introspective, thinking about the rest of my life.

And now I’m worried that I might only have ten to twenty years left, if I take after my parents. My mom died sixteen days before her fiftieth birthday and my dad died just before Christmas at sixty- one.

After a moment of panic and realizing exactly how little time that is, I kind of calmed down and thought about what I would really like to do if I really only have that little time left.

I only have three big things on my bucket list, having my books published and sell well (yes I have an image of what that looks like specifically), traveling, and spending time with my family.

Alica Mckenna-Johnson, tropical beach, vacation dreams

From wikicommons I want to be here with my family someday.


Of course I am hoping I have a lot longer than ten to twenty years, but I feel more determined to live and fight for what I want now that this ‘time limit’ is looming over me.

What about you, do you have a bucket list? Have you done any of things on your list already?

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6 responses »

  1. My parents both died young, too. I won’t say I have a bucket list, but I do try to appreciate the time I’ve got and not take an indefinite future for granted. (I’ll second the successful publishing career line-item, though )

  2. No bucket list. I did compile a list of things I wanted to put time/energy/money into when I retired, and I’m working on that. I try to live my life as if this were my last day, because someday it will be true. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Today is all we have.

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