Monday, May 12, 2008

My Bucket List

I am entertaining a profound state of mind, thanks to a movie I watched with mother weeping by my side last night. Called 'The Bucket List', starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson- its the story of two terminally ill old men who write out a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the proverbial bucket (hence the name), and then go ahead and do them.

It got me thinking as all tear-jerking inspirational movies do. Someday I could be terminally ill. Then again, isn't life terminal anyway, given that it's going to end one way or another eventually? That considered, shouldn't we take a page (or in this case a frame) out of the movie and begin exploring our own bucket lists? We have just one life to live....why do we spend its entirety running the rat race and forgetting to actually live it?

And then I thought some more, because I had time on my hands and a considerable amount of boredom to go with it. What are the things I want to do in my lifetime before I go six feet under (or into the belly of a crocodile, with my luck)?

So here, with much fanfare, is MY bucket list:

  • To build my dream home. It would be on a misty mountain top, overseeing a range of other misty mountain tops and hide a secret waterfall at the end of it's enormous and lush back garden. It would be made of rock and wood and feature a fireplace, country kitchen and the comfiest bed linen.
  • To visit Disneyland again- this time with someone special, whose face I can watch in amusement while he shrieks in excitement at the many wonders the place has to offer, and whose hand I can hold tightly whilst watching the magical parade.
  • To open up an animal shelter for every injured, orphaned and destitute creature I see. I shall not limit my patients to the conventional feline or hound... even rats will be welcome.
  • To see Greece, Rome and Stonehenge. I'm a sucker for mysteries...
  • To enjoy the sensations of an unconditional, exciting love completely devoid of doubts, obstacles and fears. Hopefully, I'm already halfway there.
  • To act on Broadway or the West End. Tall order, but it's in he list because there's always possibilities.... and I know I'm good enough.
  • To have a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Zahir Hawass. I fear it might be a one way conversation, though... I'd probably be dumbstruck right throughout the session. :)
  • To make the world laugh.
  • To find myself.
As time goes by, I can see this list getting longer and more elaborate. But for now, this is it... all the things I'd like to do before I die. Of course, this would mean me hoarding enough wealth to do half of it...

Lets see how it all pans out. I hope I'll have enough time granted by the big guy up there to complete them. Meanwhile, why don't you send me your bucket list?

6 comments:

Gutterflower said...

Extremely briefly,

To visit Spain, Greece, Egypt and Italy

To actually believe in love again

To be less cynical

To laugh more

To see one of my paintings on display at the Metro museum (Hey, I can always dream right?)

To parachute or sky dive (Weird quirk)

To be satisfied with everything I have.


This is all I can think of at 1 in the morning, I’m pretty sure there’s more though. Some of the stuff in your list tally with mine, like the dream home and animal shelter part.

Nice post, I want to get my list done as well now!

Gutterflower said...

Extremely briefly,

To visit Spain, Greece, Egypt and Italy

To actually believe in love again

To be less cynical

To laugh more

To see one of my paintings on display at the Metro museum (Hey, I can always dream right?)

To parachute or sky dive (Weird quirk)

To be satisfied with everything I have.


This is all I can think of at 1 in the morning, I’m pretty sure there’s more though. Some of the stuff in your list tally with mine, like the dream home and animal shelter part.

Nice post, I want to get my list done as well now!

Azrael said...

To act on Broadway or the West End. Tall order, but it's in he list because there's always possibilities.... and I know I'm good enough. - Yes you definitely are :)

Several years ago I made a similar "50 things to do before I die" list, but I lost the list.

I definitely want to travel the world, specially old European castles.

Lady divine said...

All the very best!! i LOVED the movie chief!!! absolutely loved it!!:)

As for my list... I need to update and make it a proper list.. will have it up sometime.. :)

Sigma said...

LOL - this is the third time in the recent past the 'Bucket List' has come up in a conversation.

My own list was compiled a year ago, derived from even an earlier list I had started...

http://taurus19lk.blogspot.com/2007/07/all-things-that-i-want-to-do.html

Its not complete, I don't think it will ever be...

L said...

I did shudder when you mentioned rats. You are a true animal lover!