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Kick Your Bucket List(To the Curb)

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Have to say I didn’t see the movie. Although a huge fan of most of the cast and director Rob Reiner just didn’t feel compelled to go see it in the theater in 2007. Or six years later on DVD. Counting on my fingers. Okay, yes the math is correct.

By definition a “bucket list” is a list of things to do before you die. Well, considering most of us are hardly living in the first place why must we insist upon compiling a list of extraordinary things to do before we die when in reality we’re afraid to do anything outside of our comfort zone while still living? Because a movie told us to? Because all our friends are doing it? Because we didn’t have anything else better to do?

Yes. Yes. And yes. Ding! Ding! Ding! You win. Except there is no prize. Because if you’re expecting a movie or some “guru like” person to lift your ever present cloud or silence the low moans that have now become your life then you are sadly mistaken. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the peace-love-happiness-self-realization-self-actualization-spiritual-fulfillment-reach-your-potential-dream-big-while-giving-back-to-others-without-passing-judgement-save-the-planet-eco-friendly-politically-correct-raw-vegan gravy train. As long as I can pick my own seat. Hell, how about my own train?

Sadly we’ve become a society of decision takers, fakers and all out flakers. I don’t even think that is a word. But you get my point. In doing so, by always following someone else’s lead, we never take the reigns of our own lives. This is starting to sound like a really bad western. Ultimately leaving us feeling unfulfilled, unloved and completely out of touch with our own dreams.

You don’t need a list to signal the beginning of the end. All you have to do is remind yourself of that one thing that makes you smile at the thought of accomplishing it. That very moment when you realized, “This is what I’m going to do with my life.” Then go out and do it! Your very energy will attract what you’ve always been seeking. I’m a huge advocate of books and reading in general. Especially in a day and age where the two are becoming obsolete.

But no amount of book reading or movie watching is going to fill in all the blanks for you. Books are merely tools. And movies, well you’ve heard the saying, “That’s en-ter-tainment!” It’s all good. But living the life you’ve always wanted on a daily is even better. Now if only I could find a way to make acronymical sense of it all I’d have more followers. I mean readers. JK. YKWIM.

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