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A couple of weekends ago I found myself in Madisonville in western Kentucky.
As unlikely as it might seem, I was there to audition for an independent film, a psychological thriller by an area production company.
That is not the crux of the story.
What prompted me to write this column is a comment my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, made after the audition. See, she auditioned, too, and she’s really the main reason I auditioned in the first place; she scheduled an audition for herself and hoped I would try, too. She would follow-through with the audition, she said, but it would be more fun if I did, too.
Sure. Why not?
We arranged to get an audition for the same time, and it was fun, especially seeing Rebecca get such a kick out of it.
As we spoke with the writer and met the founder of Big Biting Pig Productions, Rebecca noted auditioning for a movie was now something she could cross off her bucket list.
At the time I didn’t give the comment much thought.
Several days later I started thinking about it and concluded it might be interesting for each of us to create such a list. In fact, I told Rebecca, I had thought about doing something similar myself for a few years.
Making a bucket list is the first thing on my bucket list.
But before taking on this task, I told her, I’d want to change what we called it.
The term bucket list obviously refers to kicking the bucket with the implication that the list is what you want to accomplish before then. But it sounds too imminent.
It sounds, as the old saying goes, as if you’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.
So I guess I should change the first thing on my bucket list to renaming the list.
Then the second thing on my list would be to make the list.
Then when I finished making the list with the new name I could cross off the first two items on the list.
No, that’s not cheating.
Really. It’s not.
Filling out the rest of that list would involve some thought. There might be some things that would be nice to do in the coming years.
Some travel might be involved. Some doughnuts might be involved.
To tell the truth, there are no goals or desires that are so overwhelming I feel I must absolutely accomplish them. I’m not sure that’s what the list is about, either.
These should be things I’ve always had an interest in doing but, for whatever reason, never pursued. To make such a list also would require a great deal of honesty without fear of potential embarrassment, though I can’t think of anything I’ve always wanted to do that might embarrass me.
We’ll see how that goes.
Maybe the list should be called the My Last Chance List.
That sounds more impending than the bucket list.
Then again that name might be the motivation I need to get things on the list done.
Nah. Just sounds morbid to me.
Maybe the list should be called a Life Ambition List.
Hmmm. That’s a possibility.
Whatever Rebecca and I decide to name the list, I’ll be interested to see what she puts on it.
Truth be told, I’ll be interested to see what ends up on my own list.
Robert Villanueva can be reached at email@example.com or (270) 505-1743.