Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Bucket List

My Bucket List

The term “bucket list” refers to a list of things that one wishes to do before one, dies, or “kicks the bucket.” This term was referenced in the Rob Reiner movie called, The Bucket List which starred Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. These men portrayed terminally ill men who go on a road trip in order to do the things they wanted to do before they died.

Since most of us have no idea when we will die, we either a) never make a list or think about the things we truly would like to see or do, or b) think we have plenty of time in order to accomplish the things we may have thought we would like to do. The benefit these two men had was the fact that they knew they were going to die soon. So, they made a list, hit the road and set out to accomplish them.

Sitting around one afternoon a couple of friends began to talk about what they have seen and done and what they would like to see and do. This light and whimsical conversation prompted me to think about what I would like to do before I died.

A bucket list can have as many items on it as a person wishes. Truly, bucket lists are limited only by one’s imagination. Granted sometimes time, health, and money are some very important factors in being able to complete the things on one’s list. Having taken these things into consideration and mentioned them, here is my “bucket list” of the top twelve things I would like to see, do, or experience before I die. For the record, these are in no particular order; they are recorded as I thought of and evaluated them.

1.        That all four daughters and grandchildren have come to know the Lord as Savior and Lord

2.         Write and publish a book

3.         Meet and have dinner with “The Possum,” the incomparable George Jones

4.         Meet and fly with Jim Tweto of ERA Alaska

5.         Preach through the NT, at least Luke-Acts, the 13 Epistles of Paul, and Revelation

6.         Tour the Smithsonian Institute

7.         Visit and tour Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England

8.         Drive the famed Route 66 from start to finish

9.         Obtain a private pilot’s license

10.      Visit my birthplace of Salem, Ohio with wife, where I lived the first 12 years of my life

11.       Visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame

12.       Visit the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale, His home, and church in Northampton, MA


What's on your bucket list?


Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

That's quite a list, Gregg! Now...when are you going to put it into action? Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday! ☺

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A great list Gregg though you've forgotten number 13,"To visit Yvonne and cook her a meal"

Thanks for the good wishes much appreciated.

Kansas Bob said...

Think I have done everything on my list except travel and Ann's current issues prevents us from flying. So I guess you can color me sort of content. :)

jel said...

That was a good movie.

and that's a good bucket list, Gregg.
and if ya don't mind. i think i will run with your idea here,
and post my bucket list , on one of my blog. ( i'm hard up for post Ideas) :)

jel said...

oh forgot to tell ya, I like the new look of your blog! :)

jel said...

just posted my list
over on my jel speaks blog

Keena said...

I'm somewhat young (40) so I have not thought to have a bucket list. I like yours. I may have to steal this idea since I'm running short on post ideas, if you don't mind. The one item that I can immediately think of is to read the Bible through its entirity, which I have started to do....

Milady said...

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