What's On Your Bucket List?
Welcome To What's On Your Bucket List
Well, you've certainly come to the right spot, (especially if you haven't got a clue what I'm talking about, or seen the movie by the same name). All of which means that you've probably never taken the time to figure out who you really are, let alone ponder why you're here.
More importantly, maybe you've even avoided doing what really matters to you because you didn't want to admit to everyone that you've got a hole in your blessed bucket. On the other hand, maybe you've just convinced yourself that, by some miracle afforded by the fountain of youth, you'll never have gray hair or lose it, or maybe you'll just keep building sandcastles in the air and never have to "kick the bucket".
Too busy to dream or to figure out what you want out of life while spending time on planet Earth? Too weak in the knees to find the answer written on a scrumpled piece of yellow paper in a waste bucket? Too tuckered out to hear the answer because you've forgotten the question. Fear not, we've got a simple and satisfying solution for you!
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"Its only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth--and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up--that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross --
WHAT'S THE "BUCKET LIST"? - Maybe it's about time to find the joy in your life.
So what are you going to do before you push up the daisies?
Exactly what is on your list of top ten things to do before you bite the dust, fall off your perch, give up the ghost, pop your clogs, or you guessed it, "kick the bucket"?
1. Run away for a day and join the circus.
2. Take a trip on the Orient Express.
3. Walk on water.
4. Build a tree fort with all the accessories.
5. Write a letter to everyone whom I love.
6. Visit the North Pole and see Santa's workshop.
7. Name a star.
8. Talk to a politician in Pig Latin.
9. Be in two places at once.
10. Compose a song.
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DESIRE, ASK, BELIEVE, AND RECEIVE!
THE TRUE JOY OF LIFE
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), the inimitable Irish-born comic dramatist, playwright, literary critic and socialist propagandist won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. This man certainly knew how to live life to it's fullest, and reminded us to do the same during our brief sojourn on this planet called Earth.
A man of with an impeccaby biting wit and and wry sense of humor, he never failed to deliver the zings and arrows of outrageous fortune when the times demanded it.
On the subject of old bones, he had this to say:
"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." This is a wise piece of advice to those who have a lot of deadwood in their family trees!
George had a rather unadulteredly centered view of himself, not to mention his place in the scheme of things: "I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."
But this man of mirth also found time to write this pithy piece of poetry which we might all take heed of as we write our "bucket list".
"True Joy of Life
This is the true joy of life.
The being used for a purpose
Recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
The being a force of nature
Instead of a feverish, selfish
Little clod of ailments and grievances
Complaining that the world will not
Devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life
Belongs to the whole community
And as long as I live,
It is my privilege to do for it
Whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly
Used up when I die,
For the harder I work the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
Which I've got hold of
For the moment
And I want to make it burn
As brightly as possible before
Handling it on to future generations.
All of which raises the inevitable question, how are you living your life, and what do you wish to pass on to future generations?
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It's Never Too Late to Live It Up!
"My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they're in August!"-- Ronnie Shakes --
WHAT IF YOU HAD ONLY ONE DAY OR ONE WEEK TO LIVE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
"...be grateful that you've been given the extraordinary gift of time -- time to know what you love so you can love how you live."
-- Sarah Ban Breathnach, "Simple Abundance - A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" --
Frankly, I've always wanted to play Cupid.
"You have to count on living every sinigle day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life, so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content."
-- Jane Seymour, actress --
FINISHING THE UNFINISHED
Apparently a popular serenity-oriented shrink on TV once proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished."
I took this advice to heart and looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished. So, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off:
1) the bottom half of the "Arrogant Frog" Cabernet Sauvignon bottle,
2) the dregs of a rather fine bottle of "Cardinal Zin"(fandel),
3) the remainder of the "Bailey's Irish Cream" bottle,
4) the last bottle of "Buzzard Breath Ale" in the fridge,
5) a leftover package of "Oreos",
6) the remainder of my old "Prozac" prescription,
7) the last two fingers in a bottle of 18-year-old "Glennfidich" single-malt scotch whisky,
8) a half-eaten "Sara Lee" frozen French strawberry cheesecake,
9) the fragments left behind in the bottom of a honey and roasted garlic premium kettle cooked bag of "Miss Vickie's" potato chips,
10) the balance of a box of Black Magic chocolates.
With all that yummy in my tummy, I also got up enough steam to string together a few random notes to complete Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, commonly known as the Unfinished (German: Unvollendete), the unfinished symphony!
Image Credit: "Buzzard Breath Ale" label from Big Rock Brewery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
RESOURCE RESPOSITORY FOR THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU...
- 10 THINGS TO DO...
Some sage advice from a man who made his fortune in gold, diamonds and building railroads!
- 50 THINGS TO DO...
The BBC's list of lovely things to do before you depart for the Netherworld.
- 100 THINGS TO DO...
For those whose imagination has dried up and needs a little oomph to get you going on a jocular journey that may be your last!
- 1,000 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE
Here's a marvellous travelogue for folks with oodles of time on their hands to plan the thousand things they want to see before checking out.
- MEET OTHER FOLKS WITH THINGS TO DO...
There are at least 22 other folks you can contact to accomplish 43 things of the 99 things they want to do before they reach of state of being totally incapacitated or inconvenienced, whichever comes first.
- 43 THINGS NOT TO DO...
Some might get their jollies by doing 43 things before they pass over to the other side, while those with their thinking caps on might wish to make a list of "43 Things Not To Do Before They Die".
- THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LEAD A GOOD LIFE
Besides turning yourself into a diamond after you're gone, here's a nice little list that you might want to consider doing before you expire.
- 300 PLUS THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE YOU CROAK!
Here's one mighty fine lens to inspire you to make up your "to do" list quick and get out there and do them!
Count your blessings every day and live life to the fullest!
FUN THINGS TO DO BEFORE MEETING YOUR MAKER
1. Go to the fragrance department and test all those lovely perfumes, or at the very least test the scent of air-freshners in the supermarket!
2. Challenge someone to a duel using tubes of gift-wrap.
3. Make a very weird hat (perhaps suggestive vegetables) and wear it on "Casual Fridays".
4. Request a meeting with the store manager to discuss your dying wish to organize a marathon shopping cart relay race on the premises.
5. Smile and wave wildly to complete strangers, or if you're really daring walk up to them and say, "Bob/Beatrice...good to see you since that great looking nose job."
6. Visit your favorite store and ask a retail clerk if they have any "Weeples", "Shnurples" or "Fizwigs" (fake products that you begin to describe in pantomime or pig-latin).
7. Make a bumper sticker that says, "Honk if you're flawed!" and place it on someone's vehicle.
8. Sing rhymes nursery in the breakfast food section of your supermarket, and invite others to join in.
9. Make a reservation at a fine dining establishment for your "Naked Cycling Club".
10. Write a piece of bad poetry and present to your nemesis on his/her birthday.
Image Credit: Bill Mayer illustrations @ flickr.com
"You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how ya gonna make a dream come true?"
Bloody Mary, in the movie "South Pacific"
BUCKET BABE DREAMS OF A NEW LIFE
Brunhilda Baughurst, a bashful bucket babe from Blumenort, (Manitoba) dared to dream of the day she could toss her cookies, her clothesline, not to mention her crabby kids and become a voluptuous vacuum vixen or venturesome vamp of the veranda. Failing that, she might consider becoming a veritable vagabond of vapid verbs, vainglorious vowels and vague vaniloquence. At the very least, she thought, why not kiss a fool, a frog or a flying-carpet salesman just for the heck of it?
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THE BUCKET BRIGADE HAS LANDED!
For those who think their bucket is half empty.
If you know an Eeyore, this is the perfect gift to brighten his miserable day.
The perfect gift for those who need a nudge about making their own bucket list and living life to the fullest
For those who are short on imagination or things to do before they kick the bucket.
Transforming your dreams into reality, means getting off your pity pot and filling your bucket with what you really want.
HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE...BEFORE THE PARTY'S OVER!
Some film critics don't think The Bucket List will be a big box office hit, arguing who would want to pay a pretty penny to watch two cantankerous old coots with cancer doing their last fling?
Who says you can't yell "Cowabunga" at the top of your lungs or take the "aardvark of utter happiness" out for a spot of tea and a few crumpets? On the other hand, maybe it's time to toss the treadmill, those wretched bar-bells, not to mention those squeaky clean sneakers, and to do something that tickles your fancy like playing a fabulous game of croquet or tiddlywinks. Or, maybe it's just eating a huge piece of chocolate cake before your mundane meal of meat and mashed potatoes!
Let's face it, in a world of doom and gloom, it's just not cool to make a movie about two happy has-beens having one last kick at the bucket,(before they reach the end of a 24/7 check-out line with St. Peter and the Devil waiting for you at the till).
Critical illness is a potent reminder that our days on this blue planet are infinitessimal. We are but temporary visitors who emerged from the darkness of another world at birth and live but a brief moment in light before we return the darkness of that great cosmos which surrounds us.
If "life is the funny thing that happened on the way to the forum"...maybe you should try another destination or at the very least try a new drink?
After all, when life gives you lemons, just remember to squeeze those darned lemons for all they're worth, and whatever you do, learn how to make lemonade before you leave!
And, as that old song says, Life is a Caberet, old chum, Come to the Cabeert! So bring along your dancing shoes and kick up your heels, 'cause you deserve the time of your life!
Smile, snicker and smack your lips! Oh and remember that famous Latin motto to live by: Aquila non captat muscas - The eagle doesn't capture flies (or, don't sweat the small stuff, it's a waste of your precious time).
So listen up, if you've only got one to life to live, (unless of course you believe in reincarnation, and that's a whole other ball game), try living it as a blonde (they have more fun). Besides, when it comes right down to it chum or chickadee, only you can make yourself happy!
And, if you're a pathetic procrastinator, there's no time like now to get a wiggle on! Create your very own bucket list and tick off your "to-do's" before the party's over!
"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."
-- Rose Kennedy --
FREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR FUN!
Okay, so your wallet is a tad thin, or your pocket has a hole in it...quit complaining and look on the positive side. You're still here aren't you?
So pull your up chin, stick your chest out, and get ready for a bit of fun for absolutely nothing!
1. Noteworthy Nuttiness: Yup, it's time to see how long you can hold a note, well it could be something in the key of G, or maybe it's just a note to your boss explaining why you're taking the day off. Do this with a crowd, and you'll have fun for a few hours...besides what else have you got going for the rest of your life?
2. The Anonymous Rating Game: It's time to play...and this time you get to be the judge and jury! The aim of this little pastime is to rate people, pets, places and paraphernalia on a scale of 1 to 10. Okay, so who is wearing the funkiest footwear, outfit, or hairstyle today? Where is the best place to laugh out loud? What 10 things would you buy if you were leaving on a spaceship tomorrow for a trip to Mars?
3. Blow Bubbles: Your years of blowing out birthday candles probably won't do you any good. How about buying your favorite bubblegum flavor and giving it a whirl. You might even consider organizing a Bubblegum Competition to see who can blow up the biggest, if you're feeling socially-inclined. Okay, so you don't have a sweet tooth, or maybe you've lost your teeth altogether. Stop fretting, it just means you can blow soap bubbles, (but you might try finding a liquid detergent that's environmentally friendly so you can please your gregarious "green" friends and family members).
BOOKS TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT TO PUT ON THE BUCKET LIST
For those who haven't figured out where to go on their life journey.
For those who are afraid to leave North America.
How to make the most of your trip before you croak (helpful hints for frog princes).
What do you mean you don't like riding on the back of elephants in Nepal...you've never been there!
Frankly if you haven't swum in a bioluminescent lake or listened to an iceberg being born...you're missing out on life!
NEED A KICK START ON LIFE? - Check Off What Really Matters!!
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PONDERING POOL QUESTIONS
50 things you can mull around and meditate upon...
If you haven't got a clue what to do, and haven't got a "bucket list", here are 50 things you can mull around and meditate upon.
Set aside some time read them over. And then, start working through them giving them each a lot of thought. Good luck!
1. What would you love to do or accomplish before you die?
2. If you were to begin to achieve that/these, what is the first change you would start to make?
3. What would you need to include MORE of in your life?
4. What would you need to have LESS of in your life?
5. Rewrite your goal(s) so it is 'moving towards' something, rather than 'moving away' from something?
6. What is YOUR personal definition of success?
7. If you had to guess your life purpose, what would it be?
8. What daily habits could you replace with a better daily habit? List them.
9. What would a massive action 'look like' for you?
10. What action would you take, if you knew you could not possibly fail?
11. What has worked for you when accomplishing past personal goals?
12. What can you see about any past setbacks, which may actually benefit you?
13. What are you tolerating or putting up with?
14. What will you do to completely erase petty things that are bothering you?
15. For what will you take 100% responsibility from now?
16. If you were your own coach, what coaching would you give yourself right now?
17. Who and what are you listening to most of the time? How will you change that, if it needs changing?
18. What do you keep saying to yourself that usually hinders your progress?
19. What could you now keep saying to yourself to empower you?
20. What could you get done this week that you know needs doing?
21. For that task, what is the first step and the next step?
22. What could you put in your environment to remind you of your promises to yourself?
23. What could you include in each day to create and hold your vision for your future?
24. What have you 100% decided to achieve or commit to?
25. What ways do you benefit by NOT deliberately moving toward what you want?
26. What activities and new habits will you deposit into your future, this month?
27. On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited to you feel about taking these actions?
28. What could increase that score?
29. What are your highest aspirations for this year?
30. What are the greatest lessons you have learned in life?
31. What is life asking you to do differently?
32. What are you now willing to do that you've been unwilling to undertake?
33. What non-negotiable decision are you willing to make for your life and stick to?
34. What in your life needs immediate attention?
35. What strategies could you use to better manage your daily priorities?
36. What is perfect about where you are in your life right now?
37. Describe in detail the feelings you'll have once all your goals are achieved?
38. Which books could you read, people could you call, and places could you visit that support your goals?
39. In what way are you a better person this year than last year? What will be your answer, next year?
40. Where will you fine-tune your use of time in the next 24-hours?
41. Is there anything you are ignoring to which you should be paying attention? Be honest!
42. What are you most excited about now? What are you looking forward to?
43. What ways will you will get more energy into your life?
44. What newly created, personal standard(s) will you abide by ...come hail, rain or sunshine?
45. What are your greatest strengths and how will you leverage them?
46. What would you most like to be acknowledged for so far in your life?
47. What do you need to give yourself so that you can share more with others?
48. What new belief could you take on to speed up your personal decision-making processes?
49. What do you already know for certain? Is that the truth?
50. List all the benefits that you got from completing this exercise, and what are your next steps forward?
TOP 10 THINGS TO CONSUME FOR YOUR "LAST SUPPER"
You know what Bible says, "Eat, drink, and be merry." (Ecclesiastes VIII, 15, King James Version) "...for tomorrow you may "kick the bucket", (the Boys from the Bucket List Brigade).
So, the first question on the list is what to eat for your "Last Supper"? You could go with "comfort foods" and be a pig about it. Or, you could take the path less travelled, and try something unusual like masticating upon some:
1. Crumpets, (a tasteless, rubbery delicacy with holes in them, served with oodles of butter, strawberry jam or peanut butter which makes it infinitely more palatable).
2. Mercedes Buns, (cinnamon rolls with less than three grams of fat per serving), for those who wish to remain Flab-Free for another 24 hours.
3. Berry Maniloaf, (a lemon and raspberry bread loaf with 161 calories per slice), for bonified members of the Calorie-Counting Collective.
4. Peter Pancakes, (served with bananas and strawberry sauce); how else are you going to your daily dose of slapsticks with your flapjacks?
For those who need something they'll never forget, try eating your very own:
1. Humble Pie (now that might just be a first for you!)
2. Green Eggs & Ham (ask Dr. Seuss if he's got the recipe?).
3. Words; (and be a good sport about it, share with everyone which ones you liked best.)
As for what to drink on your last date with destiny, try:
1. Marilyn Merlot (Naked Grape, Napa Valley)
2. Cardinal Zin (Bonny Doon Zinfandel)
3. Bloody Good White (California Ca'del Solo).
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Santa Says It's a "Naughty & Nice List" not a blessed "Bucket List" for pity's sake!
Why not visit the North Pole before ... - Climate change puts an end to Santa and his red-nosed reindeers!
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There is much to be said about living each day as if it were one's last day on earth. Why not enjoy it instead of trying to tick off your "to do list" or pack in as much stuff as you can before you check out.
"BUCKET LIST" PROGRESS POLL
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