Before I begin...I'm really ready to go home. I haven't been home since January, and that's a really long time for me. Haven't seen my Mom, or my sister, or my best friends. My dad came up for a weekend about 3 weeks ago, so that was better than nothing.
I know I'm really ready to go home because all week I've been waking up and sticking my hand out to touch the wall, which is what I always do at home when I can't sleep or I wake up in the middle of the night a bit delirious. And... I know I really miss home when I'm sitting around studying or doing something and I think of all these random roads in Raleigh or Garner that I haven't been to in a long time. It's really weird.
Anyways, I've been holding back. I watched this really good movie a while ago, and I've been meaning to write a post on it. I thought about it again because last night I was at IHOP with two guys and I was asking them when was the last time they cried. Me, being very emotional, I was surprised I couldn't remember my last boo-hoo, but I realized I did cry watching the movie, The Bucket List. I never understood why boys thought crying was so bad and had admitting it. I mean, guys cry. I know that.
So back to the movie. The Bucket List is about two guys, played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Both characters are diagnosed with cancer, terminal cancer and are given about 6 months to live. On top of all this, both patients are living together in the same hospital room per the hospital's policy which ironically Jack Nicholson (forgot his name in the movie) owns the hospsital.
Morgan Freeman's character is a blue collar worker, who has an unbelievable amount of knowledge about...pretty much everything. Watch the movie and you'll never be able to watch Jeopardy the same. Futhermore, Nicholson is obviously rolling in the money and pretty much built his empire of nothing and his hardwork. Obviously, these two strangers come from completly different backgrounds and our facing the end of their lives together.
Together, they make a "bucket list," which includes everything they want to to before they "kick the bucket."
I know it may sounds cheesy, but it really makes you think about really living life to it's fullest and getting things right with your life, people, and past circumstances before time is up. The movie is absolutely beautiful....the pair travels from France to Africa to Australia. Both Nicholson and Freeman are award winning actors, and they do an amazing job making you laugh, cry and definetly think.
They ask the question, "If someone could tell you the exact date of your death would you want to know?" Over 90% said No..but I'll let you decide for yourself, I think I made up my mind.
I think this movie hit home for me becuase I had an Uncle who died from cancer almost a year and a half ago, and my Grandfather spent quite alot of time in the hospital before he passed last year. Even more close, my little cousin is extremely ill in the hospital at the tiny age of 3. She hasn't even lived a quarter of her life yet.
If I was diagnosed with a terminal disease tomorrow, I probably wouldn't have the chance to see the world and do everything I wanted to because I don't have the money...but I would do to the best of my ability to continue to appreciate the good things and people in my life I do have. Thank God I'm in fairly good health and my mind is still intact, at least most of the time.
The movie got fairly decent reviews...but I think it's worth watching. If you don't think it's worth it just remember: Life is short. Pray hard.
The Bucket List. Not sure if it's out on DVD yet, but you can watch it free here.