10 years ago a movie featured a term that spawned an entire movement. Although common now, prior to the 2007 movie of the same name, a bucket list was a relative unknown. This list is comprised of the things you would like to accomplish before you ‘kick the bucket’. Now you can go to Google and find a bucket list for absolutely everything and everyone. I’ve seen people making bucket lists for their pets, children and specific lists regarding travel along with a variety of others.
I’m probably one of the only people on the planet who had never watched the film responsible for all of this fuss. Until recently. I watched this movie, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, thinking that I knew what to expect. But I was wrong.
Although dealing with the very serious topic of death, I expected the film to focus on the adventures of 2 unlikely friends who both just happened to have terminal illnesses. I had seen the commercials watching them skydive and race cars, so I was expecting a lighthearted comedy/drama. So needless to say, I was unprepared for the emotional response evoked as these 2 men come to terms with their own mortality. In other words, I cried like a baby.
I’m all about living a life of no regrets. That is the core of the bucket list mentality. I’ve often thought about my own list of things I would like to see and do before I meet my maker. You’ll notice I wrote ‘see and do’ not ‘own or have’. Because in the end, we can’t take things with us, but we can have memories. And how important is it for our loved ones to have memories of us after we are gone? Having lost both of my parents and all of my grandparents all I have left are memories, and you better believe I cherish each and every one.
One observation I’ve made about bucket lists is that they are constantly evolving. Just like I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago, my list now is, I’m quite certain, different from what it would have been as a young woman. So I’m sure that the list I’ve compiled now will change, but I wanted to share it anyway.
So here it is – My Bucket List
- Go somewhere that requires a passport
- Visit Washington D.C.
- Watch a broadway musical
- Visit New England in the fall
- RUN a 5k
- Mediterranean cruise
- Revisit Puerto Rico
- Go to the opera
- Train ride through Europe
- Visit all NBA arenas
- Tour lighthouses in the Carolinas
I’ve been blessed in my life. This year alone I’ve done several things that I would deem ‘bucket list worthy’. I went to Hawaii and climbed Diamond Head, snorkeled in Hanauma Bay and visited Pearl Harbor. It was truly a once in a lifetime kind of trip.
As this post is being published I’m crossing another thing off of my list – I’m using my passport for the very first time. Puerto Vallarta Mexico will be the first stamp in my passport book. My goal is to completely fill the pages, but we’ll see.
When traveling to someplace new I’m always keenly aware of how fortunate I am for the opportunity. But these trips didn’t just magically happen. They occurred because we chose to sacrifice in other areas in order to have experiences that would then become cherished memories. Do you want you children or grandchildren to remember you had a nice house and new car or do you want them to have recollections of laughter, fun and play?
In my opinion that’s the heart of a bucket list. Gathering as many moments as you can to fill your bucket to overflowing. That’s why the hubby and I just keep on collecting memories as we go. And I hope you do as well.
So, what’s on your bucket list?