Monday, January 10, 2011

Wish lists (and mine for 2011)

I recently had the opportunity to meet a young oncologist woman. In our discussion she quoted something from "The bucket list". I remembered I've heard about that movie being very good, rewarded with few Oscar prizes, but I wasn't interested in it till meeting that beautiful girl.
After our meeting, I tried to watch it and after watching few dramatic scenes I realized it wasn't made for me. You have to be strong to watch it entirely.
But a good thing came from the above story. I started to think about wish lists in life and I realized I heard so much about this subject especially when a very ill person was involved. There is a saying which tells "Live every day as if it were your last one". But how many of us are so motivated to apply the wise saying in our lives? Many times we are too tired, too poor, too young, too busy, too old, too shy,... to follow our dreams. When everything is fine we think it's still time enough in store for us and there's a chance to start tomorrow "fighting" for our dreams.
There is another cliche in our lives - somebody asks somebody else: "what would you do if you would have only 24 hours or 1 week or 2 months or 1 year left?". I was also asked and, guess what: I didn't know the answer because I never truly thought about it.
Why do we "wait" something bad to happen and only then we make lists and we start to rush for reaching our goals? Probably we were designed to act this way!?
I was curious to find out which was the "The bucket list" 's list. It sounds like this:
- skydiving
- climb the Pyramids
- drive a Shelby Mustang
- fly over the North Pole
- eat dinner at Chevre d'Or in France
- visit and praise the beauty and history of Taj Mahal, India
- ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and
- attend a lion safari in Africa
Beautiful! But, oh, man, their goals are pretty expensive for a healthy person!

Anyway, I was so moved by the whole story, that I said: "something must be done".
And I decided for a little list for 2011. Here it is:

* see the Romanian actor Victor Rebengiuc in a live theater show (preferable in "Death of a salesman")

* cook weekly 1 new recipe from my no.1 cooking book
( in the beginning this goal had this form :"cook more often", but Adrian reminded me that every goal has to be measurable and then I changed it for "cook weekly 1 new recipe"; where was my mind when I did this mistake? ;-) )

* start making hand-stamped metal jewelry ( Ramona S., please be patient a little bit more; you are on top of my clients list ;-) ). More on that subject in a future post.

Did you made any list? I'd love to hear about it!

Stay healthy and make yearly lists for the next 100 years!

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Dan said...

Fain filmul. L-am vazut de 2 ori. Are cineva curaj sa incerce Kopi Lwak? :D
Cat despre Victor Rebengiuc, poate ai noroc:
La fel de mult mi-am dorit si eu acum ceva timp sa ajung la National, sa vad Take, Ianke si Cadar si am reusit;) merita.
Spor la lista! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ralu'. The movie is worth wile to be watched until the end. One of the whishes in the list (that you didn't mentioned) was "To kiss the most beautifull girl in the world". You must see the actual end of the movie to find out who of the two friends kises her, and also who exactly is the most beautiful girl in the world :-). Why people don't make whish lists in every day life? I think because every day life (at least in our country) is "survival", and the list is short, one (Darwinian) wish only: to be fit in order to survive...
All the best, Adi Laza.

Raluca said...

Thanks Adi for correction! I didn't pay fully attention when I 1st read movie's description. Thanks God there are some other ways to find out such details except watching the movie, so I already know from Wikipedia who's "the most beautifull girl in the world". Sweet :-)

Raluca said...

"hand-stamped metal jewelry" sounds really interesting. Looking forward for the results of your work

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