There are three men on this earth that give me unspeakable amounts of love and remind me of the joy in my life: my father, his father, and my other grandfather. There are three other men that cannot come close to matching this, but still have somewhat of the same effect: Theodore Roosevelt, Jon Stewart, and Morgan Freeman. Tonight I was able to slice myself a little bit of heaven and indulge my ears in a bath of rich, dark chocolate, otherwise known as the voice of Morgan Freeman, by watching the movie “The Bucket List”. There was no way I could spend an entire summer completing a bucket list without paying homage to the movie that paid tribute to this way of life, so I knew it had to take up a spot all by itself. I was immediately hooked from the beginning with the in-depth, philosophical monologue, delivered by the one and only. I was a little disappointed to find that much of the movie takes place in the hospital, but sadly that’s the unfortunate reality of this whole premise. The bucket lister in me was excited when the unlikely, yet likeable, pair (Freeman and Jack Nicholson) began to cross off list items. My favorite scene was no doubt when they were racing the Mustangs. (Spoiler alert) However, as an obsessed Mustang junkie myself, I had to cringe when they rammed into each other… on purpose! I also loved how into Jeopardy Freeman’s character was, in addition to him being an absolute history genius (sound like anyone?). I felt that the end was a bit rushed, but that’s probably because I didn’t feel like it was the characters’ time to go yet. Regrettably, such is life. Throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but take the words ‘bucket list’ into consideration and how liberally I applied them to my life. I’m not dying, I still have so much to live for. The worst thing around the corner for me right now is hauling my bottom back into a classroom. Therefore, is my whole project ill-fitted for the extremity of the concept? Then again, each day we live is a day we will never get back, whether death is knocking on our door or not. Everything on my list is something that I want to do at some point anyway, and I have a passion for doing it as a whole. Am I just ahead of the game by taking charge of my life before I am faced with adversity? Or is this summer simply a precursor for what is to come? So many questions… at least I haven’t run out of thoughts. My closing thoughts: If you haven’t already, watch this movie. You just might be inspired.
Love & Summer,