I swear I had the idea for this blog B4 seeing the Bucket List movie! In fact, I saw that movie completely by chance just 2 days ago -- in Roswell, NM. (No. I was not abducted by aliens and taken to this movie against my will. But it certainly wasn't a movie I was desperate to see, either.) I expected it to be sappy, oozing emotions the way the butter machine oozes gag-inducing "flavor" into bags of unsuspecting popcorn.
I'm happy to say, I was wrong. The movie was funny and heartwarming but surprisingly it de-motivated me. It actually made me think of walking away from this blog idea. I was afraid that everyone would think I copied it, creating nothing more than a cyber Bucket List. Well, let me address that right from the start. I DIDN'T get the idea from the movie. But I won't lie to you or myself. This blog IS in the same vein as the movie in that the things on Jack Nicholson's and Morgan Freeman's bucket list were things they never did before. And it has the same sort of Carpe Diem theme.
HOWEVER, this blog is a "drop in the bucket" (sorry, couldn't resist using that expression) compared to the movie. I plan to do one reality-sized thing each week that I've never done before. In other words, things that won't require a Hollywood budget, leaving my husband for months on end or taking my life in my hands, although, I admit the sky diving idea is tempting.
And unlike the movie, I don't have a pre-planned list. Each week, I'm simply going to think of something new that I haven't done before. It could be as simple as eating kale for the first time (which, by the way, I did last week and I liked it), trying a new sport or activity (snow shoeing intrigues me) or telling a completely absurd life story about myself to a stranger (oh wait, I did that already in college). My point is, I'm going to be lighthearted and spontaneous with my Never B4 things. That means I'm also taking suggestions. So please feel free to pitch ideas whenever you have them. Or, if you want to join me by doing your own Never B4 thing each week, write in a let me know how it's going.