One of the many perks of being a bridgetender is that you get to watch a lot of movies when things are slow on the river. Tonight I watched the Bucket List with two of my favorite actors, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. For the uninitiated, it’s all about writing a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”.
Since I’ve been pondering the passage of time a great deal lately, this movie started me thinking about how my personal bucket list would evolve over time. I don’t want the same things I did when I was 10 years old, or 19, or 29, and I’m sure that the things I’ll want when I’m 80, if I have the good fortune to still be on the planet, will be very different than the things I want now.
I think it would be a very interesting exercise to maintain a living, breathing bucket list. Not just a single record of my desires at a certain point in time, but a continually evolving inventory. Some items would be added with age, some removed, either because they had been achieved or because I no longer have that particular desire. I believe I’d learn a lot about myself by seeing these changes. I also think the items that remain constant would be very telling. For example, even at age 10 I wanted to travel. I can’t imagine a time when I won’t want to do so. Travel is at the very core of my being, even if my destinations may change.
My personal list will be slightly different than the one in the movie, in that I realize that the vast majority of the items on my list will most likely be out of my reach, but that’s not going to stop me from dreaming big, because this is an exercise in self-discovery more than anything else. And that is a goal that can be achieved by anyone willing to make the effort. And who knows? Maybe the act of formulating these desires and writing them down will give me the kick in the pants that I need to reach the finish line before I, myself, am finished.
So I’m going to write my list and then mark my calendar to update it every three months. Here goes. 1) Touch a tiger…