I remember back when the movie "The Bucket List" came out back in 2007 (starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), the big thing was for people to make up their own bucket list. You know what a bucket list is, right? It's a personal list of the most highly coveted things that you want to do before you die. Well, it seems like everyone has their own bucket list these days. Even I have one, but it wasn't entirely official up until the other day when I created my own official bucket list.
Before I disclose my list, I'd like to talk a little bit about bucket lists in general. I'd like to say that I have a beef with people who have ridiculously long bucket lists, as well as having a similar beef with those who keep their bucket lists updated on the Internet for everyone to see. I realize that everyone has their own reasons for doing the things that they do, such as why I'm sitting here writing in my blog about bucket lists, and whatever your own reasons might be are your own business, of course. Whatever floats your boat, I guess!
So, these people that have bucket lists that are in triple digits and beyond - what's up with that? In my own humble opinion, I find that to be self-defeating in itself. I mean, a bucket list is supposed to be special - a list of defined activities that you want to accomplish to satisfy your own mortal wants and desires before you go off to visit St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Frankly, it doesn't matter what you decide to put on that list, just as long as it holds a certain special meaning to you. Wouldn't you think that the longer your list is, then more pressure would be had to finish more items on that list, and then the closer you get in your life to finishing that list, the more focus you put on that which has not been accomplished rather than enjoying all that which you have done. Heck, with a list of 200 items, it might be difficult to remember the 5W2H of #73. What was that one by the way?
Who cares! You still have #24, #87, #98, #122, and #145 left to do.
Oh yeah, and if you happen to finish that list, then what? With everything accomplished, you might as well pack it in and call it a life!
So, we've settled that long lists are stupid. What about those who love to post their lists and continually update them for everyone else to see? Well, my answer to that doesn't require the word count that the first one did. Nope, quite simply...
I really don't care about your list of current accomplishments! Here's a quarter...!
No, it's not a bucket list at that point. It's become a "look what I did" list! I'm sorry if I sound cold and insensitive, but I'm simply not a big fan of low esteem, narcissistic, glory-hounds! Honestly, I am very curious to know what's on your list, but I have zero interest or desire to know when you've accomplished something on it. Remember, a bucket list is personal, and it's purpose is to fulfill one's personal wants and desires. If you made a bucket list so you can go brag about the things you've done before you croak, then please allow me to leave you with this.
You can't take it with you!
So, without further adieu, I'd like to present you all with my bucket list. It is only 10 items long, and consist of the most important things I would like to do before I leave God's great earth. I have other things that I'd like to do, but they are not in my Top 10, and when these are accomplished I promise that I will NOT be boasting about crossing something off of it! I think they are neat because you can learn about someone by reading their list and making certain presumptions about it.
D.B.'s Bucket List
So there is my list. It will not change. Sure, I may or may not complete it, but this is what it is and will be for the remainder of my life. I'm very curious to know what yours is, and I invite you to post up on this blog and share it with all of us.
I will continue to share with you my thoughts on various things each week in my blog. My goal is to post up a couple days per week. I hope to see you some of you regularly!