I confess, I never saw the movie "The Bucket List" .
It's about two terminally ill gents, played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, who take off on a road trip together armed with a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the proverbial bucket.
I quite like the idea of this, and as of late, have felt compelled to slowly but surely empty my own bucket after years of relative complacency.
So....what's in my bucket?
Since first seeing the magnificent Broadway musical Les Miserables almost 20 years ago, and having seen it 16 times since, I have always wanted to sing the role of Fantine on stage.
Something visceral stirred deep within me the very first time I heard the opening strains of I Dreamed a Dream.
Odds of accomplishing this: slim to none, but I can still sing the libretto joyfully while driving, cleaning, painting....
Next on my list?
To become more proficient and polished at the whimsical world of mixed media/altered image art.
I see a great opportunity now to produce and sell mixed-media creations in my booth, and eventually, in my own shop. Sweet and uber talented friends such as Dawn at The Feathered Nest have been encouraging and so very inspiring in this quest, so I hope to have some pretties to display soon.
Odds of accomplishing this: Pretty darn good *fingers crossed*!
Go to Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat is one of more than a dozen magnificent temples in the vast metropolis of Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Located in Cambodia, it is listed in Smithsonian Magazine as one of 25 places you must see before you die. I have to concur with the good folk at Smithsonian here. Breathtaking.
That's probably the thing I most need to accomplish right now.
I've been firing on all cylinders for weeks now, and truth be told, my tank's a bit depleted.
We sometimes forget to stop, take a breath, look around, and actually congratulate ouselves on what we have accomplished.
Instead, all we tend to see are the dreams unfulfilled, the expectations not yet met.
My day job is as a respiratory therapist and I often work in critical care settings. In other words, real life or death stuff. It really does serve to put things in perspective when one is wont to reevalute their life.
So while my "bucket" might still be full of things not yet acheived, my heart is actually quite full of all that I have.
How does your list look?