Monday, November 21, 2011

My Bucket List

“My Bucket List”
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, renewal, and rejoicing. In that spirit, I’ve made a bucket list and combined two facets of my life, emotional and physical, into this list.
  • Make a positive impact in someone’s life.
  • Try always being optimistic (which is hard at times).
  • Develop whatever talent God gave me.
  • Treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Enjoy my life.
  • Visit Jerusalem and the pyramids of Egypt (yeah, like that’s gonna happen.)
  • Go back to New York City.
  • See the Gettysburg battlefield.
  • Ride in a carriage and a streetcar in New Orleans.
  • Meet Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Have an experience with a ghost (preferably an affable spirit)
  • Be remembered when I die.
Those are just a few that came to me, there’s many more! We all need a bucket list. Yet, of all the things I haven’t done, here are some awesome things I HAVE experienced (including having a picture made with some fabulous writers):
  • Spent seven years in the Army, right out of high school.
  • Coached kids in basketball for almost ten years.
  • Saw the international space station fly over earth.
  • Wore a Superbowl ring on my finger.
  • Witnessed both a Broadway play, and an off-Broadway play.
  • Donated blood, with my mom, for Lifeshare on Mother’s Day one year.
  • Corresponded with producers of Rocky Balboa, The Stand, & Crocodile Dundee.
  • Had one of my screenplays compared to Mel Brooks.
  • Met Lois Smith who, as a young person, appeared in East of Eden with James Dean.
  • Participated in a poetry reading.
  • Spoke to students, and adults, on creative writing.
  • Knew one of my great-grandfathers, and one of my great-grandmothers.
  • Walked in the footsteps of slaves at plantations throughout Louisiana.
  • Captured two ghosts, or something unexplainable, in photographs.
Naturally, the accomplished list is much longer too.  The point is, of all the things I haven’t done, there are some really cool things I have done.  Adding to the cool list is meeting and having my photo taken with the award-winning writers Tony Kushner and Mark Harris! (I wanted them to squeeze me until I exploded!) What about you? Make your own list. It may surprise you!