These are very important words to remember and live by. I received this while preparing this post and it coincides in so many ways.
I saw The Bucket List last Thursday and I must say it was by far one of the best and most amazing movies I’ve seen in a long time. I will admit there were some things I didn’t like; however, they weren’t enough to take away from the movie.
For those who aren’t familiar, The Bucket List is a story about two men; one wealthy and one average man whom a paired up in the same hospital room to receive treatment for their respective cancers. Naturally, they had a hard time hitting it off at first, but in time they became friends and The Bucket List was formed when the average man’s treatment was no longer working and he was given only six months left to live. So, you’re asking, “what is The Bucket List?” The Bucket List is a list of things you want to do before you die. The average man initiated the list and the wealthy man added to it and was able to facilitate the activities that were costly. I won’t continue about the movie because I really want you to go out and see it for yourselves. I will; however, tell you why we all need to live in order to appreciate our deaths because it’s extremely important that we not take our lives for granted and live it to its fullest potential.
While we all need to work hard, save money, and do all the things that we’re told to do as adults; we still need to LIVE. We need to take chances; explore all our options, and stop being afraid of our weakness or fears. Life is not promised and can be taken away at any time; on any day. What sense does it make to work your entire life and never take a real vacation? Why have countless hours of sick leave; never take it and then be forced to exhaust it and more for medical treatments because you’ve worked yourself into sickness? How about the money spent on material things instead of more tangible things. There are so many things that we do that have no memorable value or benefit to our lives because we’re too caught up in other things to enjoy or appreciate our lives. Or we rush through those times/moments we’re supposed to be spending with our friends/families because our minds are elsewhere. I think we need to slow down, evaluate our lives, and start placing real value on the real things. It’s time to take a proactive role and stop being passengers in our own lives. There is no time like the present to live.
I implore each of you to not wait until you're sick or near death to create your own Bucket List; do it and begin living it now! It doesn’t matter if the things you list are big or small or how much money you have; it matters that you do them. It’s time to make the dash between your birth and death count for something. Leave an imprint on those around you so when your eulogy is delivered, it’s more than just words; it’s substance.