|Dwayne flew my best friend, Sarah, down for my |
surprise 40th birthday party in the spring of 2010
This fall, I decided to get a Certificate in Thanatology, which is the study of dying, death and bereavement. Assignment 4 in the first course, Introduction to Thanatology, asks me about my Bucket List.
The term "bucket list" was coined by screenwriter Justin Zackham for his 2007 movie, "The Bucket List". Technically, a bucket list is made when you are told you have x-number of months left to live. But as we do in our culture, we now use the phrase to refer to anything we want to do, even if it's easily accomplished next weekend.
Besides, anything I’d put on a “Things I’d Like to Do Before I Die” require a long commitment of time, money, and/or travel (the last of which is totally kiboshed by the pandemic):
- I’d like to have a pet pig and a couple of pet goats
- I’d like to have a donkey sanctuary
- I’d like Dwayne to see the Pacific Ocean (he went to Peggy’s Cove for the first time in 2019!)
- I’d like to take my mother to Ireland for her 80th birthday (next June – egads!)
- I’d like to live in Italy or Greece
A few years ago, I took horseback riding lessons, which could count as a Bucket List item if I’d been thinking in terms of “end of life”. I was thinking more of fulfilling a lifelong dream from childhood (like getting a pet pig) and overcoming a rather vague fear of large animals – it also became a “Summer of the Horse” column.
I’d love to have a pair of horses so Dwayne and I could ride around the field but that’s another thing that requires money.