Fill Your Bucket List

Overheard at some retail store or another, a teenager was talking to her friend:
“What’s on your bucket list this weekend?”

Using the phrase ‘bucket list’ conjures up pictures of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as senior companions.  Not a pretty visual.  But a movie that probably spent more of its budget on talent than the screenplay has become a household phrase.  Except in the case of the teenager mentioned above, I think the definition of a bucket list is a group of things to do, go, or be before you kick the bucket. Before you die. Right.  Do you have one?

My sister has mentioned hers; a friend who’s 10 years younger mentioned fulfilling one of his recently – to make a music video.  I don’t even have a list.  Late to the party again.

It can’t really be that hard, can it?  Say that I might draw up a list and actually try to check things off, much like a daily to-do, what would mine have?  Is it as simple as things I haven’t done but want to?  Or must it be spiritual like a trip to Mecca or Israel or Tibet?  Can it be spectacularly and financially improbable like taking a rocket ship to a space station?  Or is it all of the above – anything and everything up for grabs, like a wish?

I can think of a few things I haven’t done, and still plan to.  Do those become my bucket list by default?  I intend to go to Europe after my little birds have left the nest (Yes, it’s true (and embarrassing) that I’ve never been, but I’ve been a little busy for 16 years). Is it possible my list might be boring? I’m confused. Do I have a big bucket, a little bucket, a galvanized-steel bucket or a little blue sand-castle building bucket with a yellow shovel?  If I identify things I may never get or go or be, so as to make the list more precious, wouldn’t that simultaneously be dis-heartening? What if I can’t think of anything that is so profound but reachable, or so unusual or so…worthy of such a lofty list?

In line to crest the half century mark on my next birthday, this non-existent list is thus far serving to remind me that I’m behind and haven’t done so many things.  How can I achieve anything on my bucket list if I haven’t even created one?  What if, in running out of time trying to define things I want to see or do, I use up the time making a list.  Is #1 on my list simply to create a list?

I’m so full of questions about something that isn’t even required in life, and yet that seems to hold so much destiny.  Endless possibilities.  That’s my list.  Why narrow it down?

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