Last night I watched the film Bucket List starring the ever-great Jack Nicholson and the always outstanding Morgan Freeman. For those of you that haven't seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it. The film follows the two characters Edward and Carter - Nicholson and Freeman respectively - as they set out to tick items off of their bucket list after having met in the hospital.
What's a bucket list? I hear you ask. A bucket list is of course a list of things that you want to do or accomplish before you die, or should I say Kick the Bucket!
This has gotten me to thinking of what I'd like to do to live what I can later look back on as having been a complete and fulfilled life. So, ladies and gents I give to you, in no particular order, the first draft of my own personal bucket list:
1. Visit America, particularly Florida, New York and California - A US tour would be ideal.
2. Visit Rome and to utter the phrase 'When in Rome' while there.
3. Go gliding (again).
4. Go to the Superbowl.
5. Go to Wrestlemania.
6. Cycle the length/width of the country.
7. Climb a great height.
8. Help someone out by peeing on their leg after they've been stung by jellyfish.
9. Meet Mick Foley and give him a hug.
10. Write a Book.
11. Become a published author.
12. Make the New York Times Bestsellers list.
13. Discuss the art of literature with Stephen King.
14. Have a Media Room in my house - a place to retreat to.
15. Have those little fish nibble at my feet.
16. Get a tattoo.
17. Read Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol at Christmas time.
18. Build a snowman that comes to life at night and aids me in walking in the air...
19. Ride in Santa's Sleigh.
20. Learn how to play the pia-pia-piano.
21. Perform a successful backflip.
22. Create a signature culinary masterpiece.
23. Celebrate a milestone birthday with a party that I can actually remember.
24. Be a film extra.
25. Ride the biggest roller coaster there is to ride - arguably this is life itself!
Ok, Ok, some of this is pretty silly, and there will be many other things that I will want to add and change to this list in the future as I continue to age and change as a person. Of course there's an obvious few missing from this list - those being to remain healthy, to have a happy family, and to have a successful career - but those are standard and the three staples of any bucket list... for most people anyway. There is also the factor to consider of that it took me about 5 minutes to write down this list, therefore it hasn't been well thought-out, which kind of makes it null and void. I guess you've all just wasted your time reading this. Poor you! Maybe you should all go out there instead of continuing to just sit there and tick some things off of your own bucket list!