This is a blast from my past. It was originally written in June 2014 but I think it is still as pertinent today as it was almost 10 years ago.
‘The Bucket List’ was a movie that came out in 2007 with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It tells the story of two terminally ill men who take a road trip to fulfill their final wishes: their Bucket List.
It has become quite popular for people to create their own bucket list. It is a list of things they want to accomplish before they kicked the bucket. My list, my bucket, is a little different.
In my bucket I’m holding tight to the memories, the emotions, the ideas that made my life as rich as it has been. When I approach St. Peter at the gates of eternity (hopefully many years from now) I want my bucket to be overflowing with love, with smiles, with humour and yes with remembered tears of sadness that I have journeyed with throughout my life.
I don’t want to complete things and then strike them off the list to move on. I want the pictures in my mind to be retained until my last breath. I want to be able to recall my first kiss. Okay maybe not the first kiss as we were young and stupid. But I definitely got much better. I want to remember what it felt like when my father picked me up as a sleeping child to take me to my room. I want to remember what it felt like when I got my first praise for a short story I had written. To know that my words could touch another was intoxicating.
I want to remember puppy dog kisses and a kitten’s purr. I once watched a cow giving birth and many years later I watched the same process with our family dog. Five incredibly beautiful puppies took their first breath while I watched! It was exhilarating. I have watched whales playing a few feet from my boat. I have caught fish and seen bears in the wild. I have been to other countries and have experienced a warm welcome. I have driven through mind numbing storms and joked about it afterwards. I have been deep in caves hoping that my guide knew the way out. I have done so much in my life and all of those experiences are in my bucket. I’m not done yet so I think I’d better get a bigger bucket!