Friday, July 15, 2011

Your Bucket List

Remember the 2007 movie titled The Bucket List? It was Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, two terminally ill patients, escaping from a cancer ward to complete a wish list of what they dream of doing before they died.

What’s on your Bucket List?

At one point in the movie, Morgan Freeman’s character comments on how different his list is from the list he made as a young man. Is your list different now than in previous years? Decades? Mine certainly is.

Perhaps the change in your Bucket List has come about because you have experienced the wisdom of this Margaret Young quote:

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.

Was your youthful Bucket List filled with what you wanted to have that would then make you happy? You’re not alone. Our culture teaches us that Things make us happy. From the lofty perch of my sixth decade, I’m clear on the fact that Things won’t make me happy. And I’m clear on the fact that Relationships will always be my priority. But my Bucket List includes some significant travel with those special persons in my life.

What’s on your Bucket List and has it changed through the years?

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