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The Bucket List


So, I was watching the Movie The Bucket List on AMC (probably one of the few movies you can watch on tv today that will still maintain the essence of the actual movie as it was intended) and it had inspired today's blog. If you haven't seen it, the whole premise is that two old men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) that have been diagnosed with terminal cancer decide to take an alternative to lying in bed waiting on death and hit the road to complete their exciting 'bucket list', or the things they plan on doing before they kick the bucket. It's a pretty good film, and worth checking out.

The movie, as many movies tend to do, got me thinking. I know that I'm only 32 and that's less than half of the average life expectancy, but when it comes down to it none of us really know how long we have. Morgan Freeman brought up a really good point in the movie. He said that a study was done and it turned that most people who were surveyed had said that they would prefer not to know the date of their death. As he lay in his bed knowing his death was approaching, he said he would actually like to know the date that his clock runs out because it would give him an idea of how much time he had to work with. Interesting take on such a depressing subject. Or, why does it have to be depressing? What if instead of fearing death, we embraced that it was going to happen and made it our goal to try and do as many things that we haven't done in our lives yet?

I'm going to need a cup of coffee for this........

With this idea in mind, perhaps we could try a little exercise. Let's say that you are facing the end of your days. Disregarding all potentials costs (let's say you have a ridiculously wealthy friend that is prepared to embark on the journey with you), think about what you would want to do before you 'kicked the bucket.' Your list can be unlimited, and as creative as you want. What would you do?

So for the next portion of this blog, I am going to write my incomplete bucket list. And for future blog posts, whenever I say 'add that to the list' it should imply that I am adding that to my bucket list.

My Bucket List

(In no particular order) 1. North American Coaster Tour - Ok, so if you know me you know that I spent around eight years of my life as an amusement park employee, working my way up through the management chain to operations manager at Indiana beach. During that time, I gained a love for thrill rides (which is ironic because I was terrified of coasters up until high school) and had tried to visit as many theme parks as I could afford. So if money hadn't been an object, I would visit every major north American theme park and ride every single coaster that I was able to. But, I still wouldn't join ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) because some of those people really creep me out.

2. Italy or Bust - Not only because of the Italian (or Sicilian) heritage on my fathers side, but Italy has been a country that I've always wanted to visit. I think it would be neat to see Rome, the Vatican and even take a trip to the Island of Sicily but one city I have always been genuinely fascinated with is Venice. I think it would be really neat to take Alison on a gondola trip and listen to the singing gondoliers.

3. I Wanna Be a Part of It - I've only been to New York once and was too young to remember it, so I would have to make that a stop. Aside from general site-seeing, I would be sure to incorporate both a season of New York Philharmonic concerts and as many Broadway musicals as I could handle. In addition to this, I would want to write a symphony and have it performed by the New York Phil at Carnegie Hall. How cool would that be??

4. Go Team! - Yes, I'm a big sports fanatic. Probably more than a healthy person should be. So with that in mind, why WOULDN'T I try to make it to the Superbowl, the Final Four and the World Series? (Not the NBA finals because I hate the NBA) I seriously doubt all of my teams would be in these in one year, but perhaps this could be a goal to achieve throughout the rest of my life?

5. Please pass the Grey-Poupon - One thing I hope to do before I die is to have dinner with a famous celebrity. And not just a guy that's been in a few movies....I'm thinking big on this one. Like Harrison Ford/Meryl Streep big. I think that if I had a lot of money, I could maybe pull that off. Perhaps Stephen Spielberg would be a good one...and while I'm at it I will accidentally drop the script and recorded musical sketches to a movie written by me in his lap. Of course, if I had a lot of money I could probably afford to write, produce and direct my own movie.

6. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee - Alright, so I know the man has Parkinson's so its not like I would want to deck him. Parkinson's or not, he'd probably take my sorry ass to the ground. But it would be kind of cool to meet Muhammad Ali and take a picture of me and him as if I was giving him a right cross, much like Ronald Reagan did in the eighties. But I think just meeting the man who defined boxing and stood for his beliefs against the powerful US Government would be pretty awesome. He currently lives in Arizona, but being a fellow Kentuckian I'm sure I could convince him to meet m.

7. Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads - Most people know that my favorite movie Trilogy of all time is the Back to the Future Trilogy. One of my dreams would to be to be able to sit in the actual DeLorean from BTTF, which Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd on set. How cool would that be?

8. Livin Life Downunder, mate! - Australia! The Outback! Why not? It's been a place that I've wanted to visit since I saw the Rescuers Downunder as a child. The Outback is a pretty dangerous place...and they say there are 1000 ways to die there, but if the whole point of my bucket list is to do things I want to do before I die then why wouldn't I go there? I should probably make it one of the last things I do, just in case.

9. Live from New York - Host Saturday Night Live. Come on....you know I'd do a good job. I'd totally own that show. In fact, Loren Michaels would bow down to me after one episode. Anyway, I think it would be a lot of fun to work with the cast of SNL and host a show. I'd probably have to gain celebrity status first, but but after doing several of the above things I can't say I'd be that far away.

10. Goin' Deep - I think it would be really neat to go on a Deep Sea adventure. Or Deep Space. Augh....now I can't decide. I'd probably do both actually. The deep sea adventure would be cool just to see all of the exotic life that I've only seen on the Discovery Channel. However, Space would be neat simply because I'd be one of a very small select few in the history of human existence. Though George Clooney and Sandra Bullock may try to talk me out of it after their experiences in the movie 'Gravity' I still need to see that movie.

Believe me, there are a lot more things that I would do but that's all I'm going to list for now. More importantly, I'd like to know some of the things YOU would do to complete your bucket list! So, please....see the movie, and comment below on what you would do if you were facing your last days on Earth!

Thanks for reading!

- PJF


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