I got tagged to list three things I must do before I "kick the bucket."
1) Find the antidote.
2) Track down who poisoned me.
3) Make him explain why I'm in a bad movie.
I really hate the whole idea of a bucket list; all it does is fill one with regret of what one's missed and anxiety over how little time there is to accomplish things. It's a symptom of what I hate about modern society. Life is not a series of experiences to be collected and put in a scrapbook!
I hate the "Auntie Mame" types who claim "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." You put your fingers in 50 dishes to sample them and they have to be thrown out while you purr about how exquisite life is; people are starving because you act that way.
I hate the tourists who are the Wal-Mart of culture: go in, take over, change everything, complain that nothing's the same, abandon it for the next area to despoil. Every fishing village becomes a run-down resort with no economy.
You go to Paris, you go to the Louvre, you stand in line for two hours to see the Mona Lisa and you complain because they won't let you take a photo to prove you were there; you haven't experienced anything, you've overlooked a million masterpieces, you've overlooked all but one building in a magnificent city and you're on your plane headed to Rome to do the same thing... but you can tell people, "Why, yes, I've been to Paris!"
The most common thing on Bucket Lists is "run a marathon." If you've run one, then you want to do a triathlon (then the Hawaii Ironman) or you want to run the Boston Marathon. I "did Boston" when I was 21, had to run 2:50 to qualify and didn't know better; it's an ugly course held in bad weather and everyone's out to make a year's profit that weekend - the restaurants are crowded, the hotels require a week's stay and the streets are littered with people selling souvenirs to "prove you were there." It's true of all marathons; someone told me last year that they spent $1000 to run Grandma's Marathon last year!
If you're going to be a lemming, keep running until you run into the water and drown!
People who behave this way are continuously bored. These "experience junkies" end relationships when they stop getting anything new from them. They change jobs like they change hairstyles. They flit through life, dilletantes to the end, never fully experiencing anything, never valuing what they have, never resting in their quest to devour everything within their grasp.
As the Buddha said, it's the desire for things that makes us unhappy. Here's something that makes me happy (hey, that was the last tag)!
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