With the New Year approching it’s time once again to start thinking about those promises and resolutions that each of us makes in hopes of fulfilling our dreams…or at least lose a few of those holiday pounds.
Two years ago there was a movie released to the big screen entitled “The Bucket List.” Two elderly men, played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, discover they are both terminally ill with cancer. Sharing a hospital room, they become friends and decide to fulfill a list of their dreams and desires before they “kick the bucket,” hence the title “The Bucket List.” I like to think I am a little more creative than your average Hollywood writer.
I’m of the opinion everyone has dreams which one day they’d like to fulfill. Putting them down in writing may actually help you work toward accomplishing at least one of them. The following is my top 10 list of things which, by this point in my life, I greatly desire but still have yet to experience. The list is in order from “are you smoking crack” to “with enough book royalties I may be able to swing it.” Maybe someone out there reading this might be able to lend a little assistance.
1. Travel to outer-space: I’m not talking about a little skip out of the atmosphere in a souped-up 737. I’m talking about spending a few days on the International Space Station or on the moon. Though, I’m not sure I want to get there in a Russian-built tin can strapped to a retired ICBM.
2. See the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl: This would actually prolong my life. I’m positive my stress level each football season thereafter would be greatly reduced…or at least until the start of the next season.
3. Not ever have to hear the song “Free Bird” ever again. Losing my hearing isn’t an option.
4. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in California in my fully restored 1982 Corvette. If I ever get my manuscript published I figure I will be permanently banned from ever traveling to California again.
5. Finish restoring my 1982 Corvette: I’ve never had enough money, time or proper skills and tools, or any combination to have everything looking like new and functioning properly all at the same time. My investment to accomplish such would probably cost more than the car is actually worth.
6. Go one day without hearing or reading the names Britney Spears, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsey Lohan or Tom Cruise. I have a better chance of voting Democrat.
7. Enjoy a multi-course dinner starting with shaved smoked swordfish then moving onto risotto Milanese and concluding with a char-grilled medium rare filet mignon topped with blue cheese accompanied by a fine French red wine. All while sitting in an outdoor café on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, while smoking a fine cigar. Fine French red wine…who am I kidding?
8. See a UFO with my own two eyes. Unfortunately that would involve marrying my one-toothed sister and moving into a trailer home in an inhospitable town somewhere in the American southwest near an air force base. All of my sisters DO have all their teeth.
9. Witness in person the Philadelphia Flyers win a hockey game on the road against the New Jersey Devils. I am 0 for 14 so far.
10. Get my manuscript published.
See. How hard is it to accomplish at least one of your dreams? Even Jessica Simpson has been published.
Marc “Wiggy” Kovacs
Delineator of Delusional Deeds and Dreams