Monday, January 14, 2008
The Bucket List
After everyone left on Thanksgiving day, Diandra and I decided to go to the movies. We wanted to see August Rush. I have always enjoyed the previews before a movie starts and to what will be coming in the future. Going to a movie on a holiday kind of annoys my mom, although I think it has more to do with memories it brings back to mind of my dad, and Thanksgiving being his favorite holiday. After my mom and dad had gotten a divorce, he would take my sister, Jessica and I to the movies and let us pick out the film. The first time, we thought it was weird to go on a holiday, yet as the years passed, it became our little special tradition. I remember on one occasion, he stretched out in the theater across the chairs and started snoring... He really just wanted to spend as much time with us as he could, which is why he took us. I know this now. Diandra and I have decided to make this, our little tradition from now on, as well. That feels good, in more ways than one.
One movie that sparked some serious pondering for me was The Bucket List. Of course this movie was about someone who knew he was going to die and given only a limited time to live (It is out in theaters now and I would like to see it). This movie preview found me thinking of my dear Daddy and how unrealistic this movie actually was. By the time my dad found out he had cancer he was in so much pain, that he could not even muster enough strength to go fishing in a private pond let alone do something he pulled off of his "bucket list," like sky diving or traveling to Africa. However, it made me think about making a list of things I wanted to do before I kick the "bucket." Why not make a list? I think that I would have time to eventually add to it.
What would your list include? I encourage you to make a bucket list. Ultimately, it encourages you to make the most of every day that you are alive. Make goals for yourself and what is important to you. Live your best life. This is it. Let's make the most of this life.
Hold on tight to your dreams.