For those of you who have been following since the previous year, you will recall this list item from last summer. For those of you who are new to the journey, you can read all about my first experience with the film here. The reason I resolved to watch “The Bucket List” (starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) again is because of the impact it had on me the first time around. It is safe to say that today, I needed that reminder.
As my followers on Twitter may have noticed, today I woke up with a case of the Monday morning blues… let’s just say I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. I needed an escape as well as a reality check, so I resorted to one of the few movies I own that has that capability. “The Bucket List” was once again able to make me reconsider my motives, not only with my bucket list, but with my life. It forced me to realize that my troubles pale in comparison to those of others. It reminds me of the saying, “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”
However, the one thing that struck me in particular this time around was the theme of joy. This subject is addressed in the scene in which the two main characters are sitting, gazing out at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Freeman’s character describes the Egyptian’s “beautiful belief about death,” in which the deceased are asked two questions that will determine their admittance into the afterlife: “Have you found joy in your life?” and “Has your life brought joy to others?” I found these to be quite simple questions with answers of monumental weight and infinite interpretation. Joy cannot be defined, so is the question as subjective as the answer itself? Is joy something one finds, or is it something one creates? How can one know their own impact upon others, particularly in terms of joy? Joy… what does it really, truly mean to you?Although I’m left with more questions than answers, I certainly feel that I have been enlightened.
“Find the joy in your life.” Challenge accepted.
Love & Summer