Friday, January 11, 2008

My Bucket Runneth Over

I can’t wait to see the movie “The Bucket List”. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are two of my favorite actors. Of course, it will probably be months before I see it because we never get to the theater. We always fiddle around until we miss it and then have to catch it on video. I think it’s the cost that scares us. I hate taking out a mortgage just to pay for a movie, popcorn and Teen Angel's dill pickle. The premise of this movie has me thinking, though. What things are on my list of stuff I want to do before I kick the bucket? I first started thinking about it two years ago after I finally made it to a Jimmy Buffett concert and Teen Angel made the comment, “You can cross that off your list now.” “What list?” “The list of things you want to do before you die.” I walked around the rest of the day going, “Hmmm.” Since then I’ve been gradually making a list in my head that I have never written down…until today.

My bucket is overflowing because I have a lot of things I want to do. Some of them are a little exotic. Some are simple. Most of them involve travel. And while some of them seem beyond my means, I figure what the heck. A lot of the stuff I’ve done to date has been things I never imagined doing. Life is surprising that way. Here we go:

1. Stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Hubby isn’t that interested in Europe. If he won’t go, I’d like to take Teen Angel as a high school graduation present.
2. Watch the sun go down at the Grand Canyon.
3. Take a trip on a train.
4. Take a safari in Africa. The only thing I’ll shoot is pictures. Hubby likes this idea.
5. See whales in their natural habitat…not an aquarium or Sea World.
6. Walk along a beach in Tahiti.
7. Stand in Times Square with a bunch of other crazy folks and watch the New Year’s eve ball drop.
8. Lie on my back and admire the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
9. Witness a total eclipse of the sun.
10. Have my picture taken next to the Pyramids of Giza.
11. Have a four karat diamond on my finger…for just a minute or two.
12. Watch the 4th of July fireworks in our nation’s capitol…live.
13. Own a convertible.
14. See Rio during Carnival.
15. See the following people in concert before THEY kick the bucket: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones.
16. Own an English bulldog.
17. Have a house with bathrooms big enough to keep me from bumping my hind end on something every time I turn around in there.
18. Bake a cake with Paula Deen, although I will settle for eating at her restaurant in Savannah.
19. Write a book.
20. Enter a marathon….any marathon…and finish.

The marathon of life takes us to amazing places that we don’t necessarily dream of going. While I may never get to some of the things on this list, I hope to reach a few of them and hopefully, some I didn’t even imagine. What about you, my friend? What’s on your list?


swampy said...

This is a wonderful post. Sets me to thinking. Will have to come back with my list. Right now:
1. Go to bed and hopefully not wake up 5 or 6 times.

Wanted to tell you I am amazed at your poetic prowess. (sp?)
Thanks for taking so much time to play the game. Wow! I'm impressed. You need to go vote for yourself 3 times and send some of your readers over to vote for you, too.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Jason said...

Oooooo, fun idea for a post. Swampy says for you to send us over to vote for you. . . where? Poetic prowess? I believe it.

hulagirlatheart said...

Thanks Swampy! You're very kind. And Jason your vote would be appreciated.

janjanmom said...

Better get your tickets now for the Stones, they don't look so good.

I'm "fixin'" to go vote for you now.

Cruise Mom said...

I love this post. My list would probably be so long that I will need to live forever.....

Mama Mia said...

#13 is highly over-rated!
from a former convertible owner