What's on your bucket list? You know ...the things you want to do before you die.
I recently watched a 2007 movie called The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It's about two men with terminal illnesses who end up as roommates in the hospital. They decide to escape and experience as many items on their bucket list as they can before they die. Along the way, they learn important lessons.
Too often people get to the end of their lives only to discover they never got to experience many of their dreams.
When I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist I remember a patient who worked in a job he hated for most of his adult life. Finally, he got to the day of his retirement. He longed for the time when he'd be able to spend his days fishing and traveling. But several months after retiring, he had a heart attack and ...died.
A 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone called Time Enough to Last made such an impression on me. It's about a quiet bank teller who loves books. He longs for time alone to read. He takes his lunch break in the bank vault so he can read in solitude. One day during his lunch hour, a nuclear bomb goes off. The bank teller survives and finds himself alone as he emerges from the vault. He quickly locates the library and finds books scattered all over. Finally, he can read to his heart's content. But as he reaches for a book, his glasses slip off and break. Now he has plenty of time but he cannot do what he longed to do; read.
Is there something you long to do? What's been keeping you from doing it?
Have you been postponing it for a time when:
- You are retired
- Your kids are grown up
- You have more money
- You have more education
Is there still an unfulfilled dream inside of you?
Blessings and love,
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