A Bucket To Be Filled

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Ever wonder where our phrases come from? It’s raining cats and dogs. I mean honestly, where did that come from?

In 2007 a popular movie featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman brought the term The Bucket List to our vocabulary. I googled and the phrase really wasn’t around prior to 2003. I find this shocking.

Did you sit down with pen and paper and make a list of things to do after watching those two old guys live life to the fullest? Or were you more of the Oprah flock and took to the old time classic of collage making and create  a vision board for your life?

I never did.

When today’s Friday five link up topic was bucket list I figured “Hey, why not?”. Thirty is looming and this sounds like an adult thing to do. Sit down, reevaluate some things, and set some goals. Here’s some I came up with.


  • First up, I want to go to Thailand. (sorry mom) Why Thailand you ask? I’ve learned through my travels that if you really want to stretch who you are as a person you need to somewhere you don’t fit in. AT ALL. Sure, Europe is great but it’s like going to your cousin’s house. You know them enough that you’re still comfortable and it’s family. You know the rule are different from your cousin’s but you still know how to survive a trip to their house. Europe is America’s cousin. Cool place to visit, but still pretty familiar. Then there are places you don’t fit in. For you and I, that would be Africa and Asia. Going to one of those countries is the equivalent of going to friend’s house for the first time so you mind your manners and eat whatever is put on your plate because you’re mother told you it was rude not too. There’s something special about being in a place that you really, really don’t fit in.
  • Then I’d like to write my book. It has a title and a few rough draft “chapters”. Maybe it will get picked up by someone, maybe I’ll self-publish. Either way, it’s my long-term goal. I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go when it comes to this one. Even if the only person who reads it is my mother, I can say I wrote a book.
  • Third on the list would be to appear in a movie or tv show. I know, how vain of me. I don’t want to be a famous movie star. They are typically an unstable lot and I don’t care to join their village. I just want to be an extra or have one small line. They film enough movies and tv shows around town this should be easier than it is. I just think it would be fun. I regret not going to the filming of Remember the Titans in middle school. I thought it was just going to be some stupid Disney movie, so why bother. So if anyone reading this knows some people, let me know.
  • My number four slot goes to visiting Iceland. Yes, I realize Iceland is more of a cousin’s house trip, but it just looks so neat in all the pictures. Plus, it’s fewer hours of travel compared to Thailand so it may happen first.
  • Lastly, I want a home that people feel loved in. I will go without in other areas of my life for a home that holds my people. Even if the only place we fit is the back yard. I want to have people over and feed them good food and have good fun. I want life to unfold in my house and for all to feel welcomed there. 


I know my list may or may not get all the items crossed off, but I think it’s a do-able list. Nothing to instant, minus the whole tv/movie gig, but the rest are ones I need to work for and save for.

Have a bucket list or vision board? what’s on it?


This post is part of series Titled Friday Five hosted by http://mrsdisciple.com

5 Responses

  1. Heather
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    Your list is great. So, going to America’s cousin was on mine! Ha! I love the being in a movie one, that would be on mine too, just didn’t make the 5. And heck yes, totally a book!! I might actually need to start writing mine down.

  2. Jill
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    Fun list Sarah! Thanks for sharing your ambitions and yes, step out of that box and follow those dreams. Happy to stop by from #FridayFive! I too have the book dream and blog at FollowHisFootprints. http://www.followhisfootprints.org/summer-bucket-list-challenge/ Enjoy your summer!

  3. Jeff Behnke
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    Wow Triple Play Sarah May!
    If you don’t know that story about our dear friend, sister, daughter just ask her or her Mom….a story her Dad…aka Doug…aka the best friend I ever had told me! Hey Sarah, what the heck is “aka”?!!!!
    Anyhow, I get the “cousins” trip , but the Amalfi Coast of Italy is one heavenly place!
    Love the read….loved seeing you and the family at son Luke’s wedding …love you …love ya’all….love the mayhem!
    Jeff Behnke …aka Jeff

    • sarah
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      haha! Thanks for reading the blog Jeff! Also, if you ever need a travel buddy, I pack light!

  4. Kelly S
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    I cracked up over the cousin-Thailand thing! You are so right, though. You learn more about yourself and God’s great big world when you step into the shoes of the minority. I 100% love everything on your bucket list. Copy and paste love it! Thanks for joining the bucket list fun!

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