For the last several weeks, my thoughts have strayed around the idea of bucket lists.
Strayed and stayed.
In a 2007 movie by the same name, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, both diagnosed with terminal cancer, decide to take a road trip together with a wish list of things they want to do before they die.
In my life today there are several people who are struggling with health difficulties and during the past four or five years a few very dear friends and family members have died.
So, I thought, what is it that I want to do before I die? Before I "kick the bucket."
If you google 'bucket lists", you will be rewarded with a multitude of sites and thousands of ideas and recommendations. These numbered selections seem not to be for people who are approaching death, but rather for striving young adults boasting that their list is more dramatic/adventuresome/outrageous than someone else's. And usually more expensive as well.
On the site https://personalexcellence.co/blog/bucket-list/ you will find Bucket List Ideas: 101 Things To Do Before You Die
The author says a bucket list will help us realize what it is that we want to achieve during our lifetime and help us not to spend our time on "pointless things".
On her site she writes:
Hi! I’m Celes and I write about self-improvement, being a better person and living a better life. My greatest goal is to help you live your best life.
#1 on her list is: Travel all around the world
#2 Learn a new language
#3 Try a profession in a different field (WHAT?!)
#4 Achieve your ideal weight
Continuing my search, I found the site bucketlistjourney.net where Annette proudly welcomes the visitor to her "ginormous bucket list" containing 1001items, and writes "I know the bucket list is huge. Yes. I do think I can complete everything on it."
The first item on her list was "Abseil Down a Waterfall". Before I could say "you gotta be joking!" I had to google the word "abseil".
- descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point; rappel."team members had to abseil down sheer cliffs to reach the couple"
I was still searching for a bucket list that might have some suggestions for this 77- year-old woman who is afraid of heights and who has no desire to get a tattoo.
Besides, we are in a midst of a pandemic and would be foolish to travel to distant parts of the world.
When I read Annette's #42 (Bathe an Elephant), under the category of Nature & Wildlife, I closed her site and started a poem with letters cut out from magazines.