I got a message from a friend this morning. It said nobody lives forever. Who knew?
Seriously, I know it’s an old film, but I finally got around to seeing the film, “The Bucket List,” recently. Turns out it’s a pretty good flick. Some cool acting by two of the greats, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was also kind of fun to see them playing off each other. Kind of the “Grumpy Old Men,” for the new Millennium. I enjoyed it.
But, of course, the film made me think about what I should put on my bucket list. What are the essential things that I’d like to do before I…you know, kick the bucket, buy the farm, pass into the next world, meet St. Peter, etc.
So here’s a little list that comes off the top of my head on this July afternoon. I hope it will encourage you to write your own list and, if it’s not too private, leave it in the comment field below.
John’s Bucket List
1. Go to Ireland. In fact, I’d like to go to England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, France, Italy and Germany. And Hawaii too. I know a woman named Janet who would definitely go back to Hawaii with me.
2. Para-sail. I’m not even exactly sure what the heck it is. I think it’s when you hang onto sort of a parachute and they drag you with a boat. It always looks like a blast.
3. Skate on the ice at the new Boston Garden. Even though it’s not the same ice that Bobby Orr played hockey on, it’s close enough.
4. Attend the Olympics, the Super Bowl and Wimbledon. And probably another few major sporting events.
5. Swim with the dolphins. That always has sounded very cool. Not the sharks though. I’ve been in the water with enough of those.
6. See the Himalayas. I’m not saying I necessarily want to climb them, I just want to see them. They looked so majestic in that film.
7. Have a drink with Bruce Springsteen. I’ll buy the drinks.
8. See the beaches of Normandy, France. Probably the site of one of the greatest historic achievements in recent U.S history. And I’d like to walk through the graves at the top of those hills also.
9. Read “War and Peace.” Some say it’s a pretty good novel.
10. Bring joy and happiness into my own and my friend’s and family members lives. Because life is very, very short brothers and sisters. We need to learn to love each other.
That’s pretty much it. Oh, I’m sure I’ll think of a number of other things. But that’s the beauty of Bucket Lists. So what’s on your bucket list? Even if it’s only a couple of things, please share them with me?