Lessons from the Movies: The Bucket List

My eyes are a little swollen and red rimmed.  I just finished watching The Bucket List.  No one told me that the guy died.  I get that it’s better for the story, it’s more realistic, whatever you want to throw my way as a reason; however, I don’t like when people die.  Now I know why I love Disney type movies.  People don’t die in them; at least, not any characters that I’m emotionally invested in.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

None of that was the point.  The point is that watching that movie has been on my to-do list.  I’m all about adventure and making sure that we live our lives instead of just existing on this plane of existence.  We are here to enjoy, to make the best of, to help others and to enrich.

Short of the part where I cried, it was a great movie.  I loved how two people could come together over a common bond, and it really exemplifies that sometimes our greatest friends are not like us, but in fact, totally different from us.  It shows that there are lessons to be learned everywhere you look and that sometimes, it’s the simplest things that make all of the difference.

This got me thinking – I love my bucket list – I should share it!  So, in honor of this – instead of boring you with the lessons I learned from the movies, I’m sharing my bucket list with you!

night in haunted house

My bucket list is ever changing, and I hope it always does!  I read something the other day (could have been on Yahoo!, could have been another blog and it could have been in a book, it’s hard to keep straight everything I’ve read!) the point is, I read it, and it mentioned, if you have a bucket list, get to working on it!  If you don’t, then start one, and then get to working on it!

Yes, I know, there are tons of blogs, websites and countless suggestions when it comes to a bucket list.  This is not one of them.  I’m just narcissistic and assume that you want to know all of the details about my life! It’s not in a specific order, as I rearrange it every time I write it!

Catching a game in the new stadium, view from the suite.

Catching a game in the new stadium, view from the suite.

  1. See Meatloaf in concert – CHECK
  2. Visit a haunted house (I swear I lived in a haunted apartment, but that doesn’t count)
  3. Ride in a hot air balloon
  4. Go skydiving – CHECK
  5. See Cowboy game in new stadium – CHECK
  6. See the Northern Lights
  7. Plant a tree (technically I’ve done this, but it died… so it doesn’t count!)
  8. Go snorkeling
  9. Fly in a helicopter
  10. Ride The Titan at Six Flags – CHECK
  11. Ride The Texas Giant at Six Flags – CHECK
  12. Visit a castle
  13. Fly a kite, again
  14. Visit Statue of Liberty
  15. Have dinner in a location that overlooks the city
  16. Swim in an ocean – CHECK
  17. Go on a camping trip – CHECK
  18. Make homemade jam
  19. Dance in the rain – CHECK
  20. Get in a taxi and yell “follow that car!”
  21. Taste fried ice cream
  22. Kiss in the rain
  23. Zipline down the old Vegas Strip (scheduled for 2014!!)
  24. Spend the night in a haunted house
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Here’s my favorite shot from when I went to the Meatloaf concert. I’m really hoping his farewell tour comes close enough that I can go again!

It’s not a lot, and there are some simple things on my list, but the point is, I have a list and I am checking it twice.  Oh, wait, wrong list!  I have a list; it’s a list of what I want to do, not what the world thinks I should do.  My list has some seemingly simple items on it, and some that you’ll be surprised to discover that I’m scared to do (fried ice cream, really, it just doesn’t make sense.) I will do them, though.  Eventually.  And, occasionally, I’ll add more items.  And, sometimes I’ll do something that is bucket list worthy, so I’ll add it – just to cross it off.  Just to say “I DID IT!”

If you don’t have a bucket list, I highly recommend you start one.  And then get started on it! It’s way too much fun!

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14 thoughts on “Lessons from the Movies: The Bucket List

  1. I loved that movie!

    I always wanted to stay in a haunted house too, but I am apparently ghost repellent. I stayed in a bed-and-breakfast known for its hauntings, and specifically requested the most haunted room, and I didn’t see anything! I will try again somewhere else, ha ha.

    • I enjoyed the movie a lot, except, yeah, they died. I found a local B&B that is reported to be haunted… I’m thinking of making a trip there this year. As soon as I find someone willing to go with me, of course. I can’t go by myself! I’d like to say that I’ll have better luck than you, but I’m almost afraid that I would…

    • Yay!!! I think that you’ll have so much fun putting one together. It’s amazing how hard it can be sometimes to come up with something when you’re a mom! LOL. That was my hard part, coming up with “ME” items and not “mommy and me” items, but it was so cool once it was done! And, not gonna lie, it’s so much fun to cross them off!!

  2. I got one item on my bucket list from a different movie – Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. I want to dance on bubble wrap. It’s important to have the right shoes for that one 🙂

  3. It was aneat movie and made me think about what I want to accomplish. I can’t say I made a list though.
    What’s up with all th haunted house list?
    The cab part is funny.
    Living in Texas, isn’t it easy to find a restuarant that serves fried ice cream.
    A thought – as you knock these off the list, you could write about them.

    • Dude, you are brilliant! I shall post about them as I cross them off! We are doing my 40th BD in Vegas next year and that’s when I’ll do the zip line, so I know that post has to happen! I never thought about sharing all of the others!
      I’m fascinated by the paranormal, ghosts and such, and think about – stories of angels are just like the stories of ghostly encounters.
      Fried ice cream is very prevalent down here, I’m just scared to try it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. But, I love ice cream, and I love fried… I may try it this Thursday depending on where I go (I have an annual anti-Valentines day date with a buddy of mine).
      You should make a list! It is an amazing experience! And you can include things for you and your wife, and you and your kids, and family experiences, too. It’s a tangible reminder not to get stuck in a rut! Of course, based on what I’ve read on your blog, you guys are much better at balance and taking your kids places and having new experiences than I was when T was their age! Still – DO IT!!
      One last note – thanks so much for your support Larry. I don’t think I would have continued forward had it not been for you – a random stranger – making the connection.

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