Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Bucket List

My husband, Reed and I rented this movie and few weeks ago and I found it quite inspiring. I highly recommend this film, although it may bring you to tears at the end. Basically, these two men who have virtually nothing in common find themselves fighting cancer in the same hospital room. They become best friends and create their "Bucket List" of things to do before they "kick the bucket."
I've always hated that cliche, "Live today like it is your last." But I have to wonder what I might do differently if I knew I had a certain amount of time left or was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Would I spend less time worrying about how clean my house is, or not worry about my hair and makeup? Would I wallow in self pity or enjoy each moment to the fullest? I think it is easy to say you will do one thing, until you are in the situation yourself. Regardless, watching the movie prompted me to ponder my own "Bucket List" and come up with things I want to do in my life. I'm not going to try to stick with necesairly realistic goals, but things I aspire to.

1. Run a marathon
2. Skydive
3. Start my own business to serve pregnant teens
4. See what it's like to be rich and famous
5. Quit my day job
6. Go the the Olympics
7. Write a memoir
8. Go on a shopping spree and spend as much as I desire and not care
9. Rescue and take in every stray cat I see
10. Travel in space
11. Go on a African safari
12. Chase a tornado
13. Go white water rafting
14. Gallop on a horse on the beach
15. Ride every roller coaster in the U.S.
16. Learn to play a musical instrument with some degree of skill.
17. Drive across America from coast to coast.
18. Set foot on each of the seven continents.
19. Spend time with the children in Africa.
20. Have something I write published

My Bucket List may sound lofty, but I recommended designing your own. I'm sure I will spend the next few days adding to my "mental list". I think it helps one get in touch with their true self, without considering the limitations we face every day, such as time, money, etc. Have fun with it!

1 comment:

Jayme said...

Hey Jess! I wanted to let you know that I sent you a text a week or so ago...only to find out that you don't get them...oops! I just wanted to let you know that we were thinking about you all when Reese was going through his ordeal. I am glad to hear he is doing better-let us know when you plan to come to MO...we can't wait to see you!