Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Bucket List

Well, I'm sure by now you know all about the 6lbs. of lipstick we all consume in our lifetimes, so I guess it's time to move on . . . .

Recently I saw the movie, The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. I certainly hope you have already seen this movie but if you haven't, I highly recommend it. It did not receive much hype to promote it and I don't think the reviews were that great. I was told that it wasn't that good so not to bother seeing it. So, I never thought anything else about it and skipped it. A few weeks ago, I was in the video rental place and could not find anything to rent. Finally, my friend said we should try The Bucket List since there was nothing else we wanted. Reluctantly, I agreed and rented it.
To my surprise, it was a fabulous, heart-warming, humorous (not hilarious) movie that really, really touched my heart. You have never seen Jack Nicholson quite like this (in some parts of the movie) before.

The movie was directed by Rob Reiner, who is a great director, and has some really good movies under his belt.

I'm not going to give anything away because if you have not seen it, you really should and I'm hoping you'll take my advice, however, anyone who has heard of the movie knows that they make a list of things they want to do before they die, which they call, The Bucket List - before they "kick the bucket".

I have a list that I started a few years ago like this but I didn't call it a bucket list. That sounds kind of morbid to me, but since I saw the movie, I have changed mine to a bucket list also. I'd like to share my bucket list with you today. There is no order to this list, it's just numbered for neatness. These are all things that I really intend to do before my time is up. I'm 42 now, so I better get busy . . .

1. Learn to play the piano. I've always pictured myself sitting at a piano at Christmastime while my family is gathered around and we're all singing Christmas Carols while I provide the beautiful piano music to sing by.

2. Learn to read music. This may go along with the first one but you really don't have to be able to do one without the other. I love music and would just like to know more about it. When I was in the choir, I used to look at the music at practice and long to actually be able to read it. You don't have to read music to sing, but I do think it helps.

3. Learn to make balloon animals. It just looks like a fun thing to be able to do. I can see myself getting a part-time job at Margaritaville, in Destin where I go around the restaurant making balloon animal hats and such for kids. My mom actually bought me a balloon animal-making kit for Christmas, I was too distracted to make any animals back at Christmas, but I plan to pick those studies back up very soon.

4. Own a Mustang - the car, not the horse. Mustangs are my favorite cars of all time. I really love the 1965 but the ones on the road today are really great-looking too.

5. Learn to juggle. Another fun thing to be able to do, I would think. I already have some juggling balls, and a friend at work tries to teach me ever so often. One day soon, I'm gonna be able to mark this one off the list!

6. Vacation in Hawaii.

7. To have every episode of I Love Lucy. Believe it or not, I do not have all the episodes.

This is a very small list right now, but I think long and hard about this stuff and am constantly adding.

Please let me know if you saw the movie and what your thoughts were about it.


Amy said...

Shannon and I loved "The Bucket List." We thought it was such a wonderful movie...I did a very short post (quite a long time ago) with a You Tube clip to go with it. It was so poignant. But of course, we love every movie that Morgan Freeman is in. He is our fav!

I'm glad you are back blogging. I missed you.:)

You should do the "Bad Hair Tag."
I'm just saying.;)

Have a blessed day, friend!

sa061545@bellsouth.net said...

Hey, girlfriend! Did you know that my boss (your 'boyfriend') has on his bucket list to meet Morgan Freeman in person!!! He loved the Bucket List - I have not seen it yet but want to.
Love you girl!
Sandra :)

Ellie said...

Ha ha! Yes! I have seen the movie and thought it had the most amazing message. Wasn't the ending so sweet and everything? Classic.. classic.. :D

The Boyds Family said...

Hey Denise - I too saw and enjoyed the Bucket List (BTW - not to self promote, but if you ever want to know about a movie you should go check out my Movies w/ Mom blog, as mom and I go to the movies almost every weekend and then I come home and write a post about them.)

I like your list - it looks very obtainable. :)

Ellie said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are under the weather! My prayers go out to you! Please heal!!!

Beandip71 said...

I have not seen the movie, but I want to. I heard it is very good. I like your bucket list. I highly recommend vacationing in Hawaii. We went to Maui 2 years ago and it is beautiful there. :)

Katie said...

i know how to make a couple of balloon animals! they're fun!

sa061545@bellsouth.net said...

Where are girlfriend? I've missed reading updates from you! Have you pooped out at parties? Are you unpoopular? Or are you in the "friends of the friendless" like me?
Sandra :)

sa061545@bellsouth.net said...

Where are girlfriend? I've missed reading updates from you! Have you pooped out at parties? Are you unpoopular? Or are you in the "friends of the friendless" like me?
Sandra :)

valerie said...

I came to your blog via Amy's blog.
It's so nice to meet you and to learn more about you through Amy's interview with you.
I love how you share of God's faithfulness to you through the years. He is a an awesome God.
Your son is very handsome and sounds like a tender young man.
My son (27 yrs. old) always tells me he loves me too....even when his friends are right there.
We rented "The Bucket List" a month or so ago and I loved it!
I was so glad I was sitting where nobody could see me coz I was crying like a baby. I highly recommend it too.
Again, it's nice to meet you. I'll be talking to you again soon.
Have a blessed day,

Michele said...

Hi Denise,
I just read your interview over at Amy's blog! It's nice to meet you.
I love your bucket list! I haven't seen the movie yet but plan to.