No. I have not seen the movie. It may be a comedy. It sounds like something with which I would identify, but much too closely. You see, I am an old fart, and the thought of dying, much less planning my activities before I die, is a little too…
All of this bucket list stuff is tantamount to planning one’s own funeral. It may be the smart thing to do, but it is a little scary.
These are my thoughts on a bucket list.
- Mount Everest – I will never climb that mountain. Indeed, I don’t even like mountains.
- Climb the Washington Monument, or The Statue of Liberty, or The Eiffel Tower – Remember the mountain thing? Same kind of thing, here.
- Fly An Ultra-Light Aircraft – Remember John Denver? I don’t think falling from the sky was on his bucket list, either.
- Fly To The Moon – There are not enough bathrooms or rest stops between the earth and the moon for me to do this.
- A Date With Angelina Jolie – Get serious!
- Run For President of The United States – I could not survive the background checks.
As you can see, the average bucket list can take money, time, and youthful strength and energy. Most people need to set their sights a little lower.
Some simple things come to mind with the less ambitious bucket list.
- Take a trip to the World Trader Center Ground Zero in New York City – Say, “Thanks!” to every NYPD, NYFD, or US milatary service person you see.
- Forgive Your Enemies – This is a Biblical thing.
- Trade Up With Your Booze – Life is too short for cheap whiskey or light beer.
- Go Meet Your Neighbors – This will give you some leverage when complaining about their children doing wheelies in your yard. If they start with bicycles, they will carry this behavior forward to their motorcycle and car phase. A little effort can save a lot of pain.
- Go To Church – This is important. Your immortal soul is important, and your family won’t have to beg a minister to conduct your funeral. Plus, with a good church membership, you are almost guaranteed to have pall bearers, and lots of people at your funeral.
- Spend All Your Money, Now! – First of all, the dollar is worth less everyday. Secondly, it seems a bit crass to think of somebody marrying your widow, and drinking beer on your money. Drink ‘er up!
You see that with a little thought, a much more reasonable bucket list can be created. Just don’t forget where you put it.
They say the memory is the first to go.