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What’s Your Bucket List?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The Plot

My family and I watched a movie called “The Bucket List “over the weekend.  The plot of the movie is about two terminal ill patients in the same hospital ward sharing their last few months of lives together.

Jack Nicholson plays a successful businessman, a billionaire, Edward Cole while Morgan Freeman, the blue collar mechanic, Carter Chambers.  Their paths in life and personalities could not be more polar opposite.  Upon receiving their death sentence by their doctor to live for six months to a year, the two men decided to created a “Bucket List” and try to experience as many as they could before they die. Their journey was full of globe-trotting adventures, mind-bending and life-changing experiences.


What strikes me the most are two questions cited by Carter Chambers to Edward Cole:

  1. Have you found joy in your life?
  2. Have you brought joy to other people’s lives?

The conclusion of the movie is a tragic one judging from the surface level as both of them died.  However, if you dug deeper, it was a triumphant ending as the two men had found/learned to find joy in their respective life as well as had brought joy to other’s.   Here is a quote from the movie by the character Carter Chambers: “My pastor always says our lives are streams flowing into the same river towards whatever heaven lies in the mist beyond the falls. Find the joy in your life, Edward. My dear friend, close your eyes and let the waters take you home”.

Sample of My “Bucket List”

I guess one of the most effective ways to live a fulfilling life is to have the end in mind.  How would you find joy in your life and bring the same to others?  Here is a sample of my Bucket List:

  1. Author a best-selling book
  2. Travel to every continent, meeting diverse people, sampling different cultures and food
  3. Become a confident swimmer
  4. Learn to be a beautiful singer
  5. Sponsor a charity cause
  6. Help people identify their core identity in life
  7. Tell my family how much I love and care about them every opportunity I get
  8. Be grateful for every experience in my life

I strongly encourage you to find a quiet evening, pop some popcorn and sprinkle in some bite-size licorice (my mother-in-law’s recipe) and watch this movie.  I guarantee that this will bring tremendous perspectives in your life.

Would you care to share your “Bucket List” after watching the movie?