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The Bucket List

The Bucket List is a 2007 film directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men (Nicholson and Freeman) on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.”

This is the list the main characters of the film completed

  1. Witness something truly majestic
  2. Help a complete stranger for the good
  3. Laugh till I cry
  4. Drive a Shelby Mustang
  5. Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world
  6. Get a tattoo
  7. Skydiving
  8. Visit Stonehenge
  9. Spend a week at the Louvre
  10. See Rome
  11. Dinner at Le Chevre d’Or
  12. See the Pyramids
  13. Visit the Taj Mahal
  14. Hong Kong
  15. Victoria Falls
  16. Go on a safari
  17. Drive a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China
  18. Sit on the Great Egyptian Pyramids
  19. Find the Joy in your life

What can’t you miss in your life? A book to read? a film to watch? A hobby to take up?…

  1. Inma Quiles
    April 14, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I would like to work for a NGO, as part of health professional staff, run projects
    around the world because, I think, it can be a very interesting experience. On the
    other hand, when I retire, I would like to live in other countries, in order
    to know different people and lifestyles

  2. Juan Miguel Cutillas
    March 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    There are so many things to do or to see in this wonderful world before dying, that it’s almost impossible for me to state the two main things that I like most. As I have a traveller soul, I’d like to visit many interesting places, one of my favourite places that I haven´t visited yet, is the highest fall in the world located in Venezuela in a breathtaking landscape, this wonderful place is “el salto del angel”. I have gone snorkelling to amazing underwater scenery as well, enjoying a colourful world full of coral and incredible and beautiful fish, so I’d like to go scuba diving to see better this unknown world, but I know this activity is nowhere near as easy as snorkelling. I am not sure if I’m ready to do it because I suffer from a bit of claustrophobia, but to enjoy the underwater world I need to try because the fear of something has not to be a barrier to do what we want to do.

  3. Ester Varó
    March 23, 2010 at 12:44 am

    One thing in my bucket list would be driving a F1 car, because I love driving and I would like to experience the feeling of speed, however, the best way to feel that speed would be getting into one of them with an experienced pilot.
    Another thing I would like to do is travelling all over the world, because I like knowing and learning about other people and cultures.

  4. Verónica Chico
    March 23, 2010 at 12:40 am

    One of the things that I would like to come true before dying is the experience of living in another country for one or two years. I´ve chosen this wish because I love the idea of living in another place and learning other cultures and languages. I don´t know exactly the place but a country where the population speak English would be a good choice to improve my English. Maybe it can be the only way to speak English fluently and with a good pronunciation.
    Another thing that I wouldn´t like to miss in my life is to learn how to play the piano. When I was a child. my neightbour used to play the piano and I loved listening to her songs. Sometimes I went to her house to see her playing the piano. One day, she tried to teach me how to play the piano but it was a complete disaster because I hadn’t taken singing lessons and I wasn´t able to read a stave. This wish has never come true because I haven´t had time in my life to do it.

  5. Ricardo Teruel
    March 23, 2010 at 12:39 am

    What would I wish before kicking the bucket? What would my dearest wish be? Maybe it would be to meet my foreign friends in the bar of Trinity College, in Dublin. We used to sit down outside the bar and take beers at sunset in the summer of 2008. The view was striking: a large green piece of land bathed in the twilight. The company was nice: Russian, Italian and Spanish people. And circumstances were optimum: some glasses of Guinness in front of us. Maybe this wish doesn’t refer to the future, but to the past. Maybe what I would wish before dying, the top of my bucket list, would be to unify or reconcile my past with my present in order to accept my future death and die in peace.

  6. Raquel Donis
    March 23, 2010 at 12:37 am

    There are a lot of things that I can´t forget to do in my life, but I’ll try to list some of them in a few words.
    First of all, I´d like to visit New York. I am a forewoman builder (similar to a builder engineer). I would really enjoy to stay in that city because I love seeing tall buildings and I think that New York is the best city to see that kind of buildings, besides going shopping too. Another city that I would like to visit is Dubai, I can´t miss this city because it is the best example of skyscrapers. When Arab Sheik people want to build a skyscraper, they want the most modern build, with the most modern techniques. They get it because they don´t have money problems to do it, and it ´s an important factor when you are building a trendy skyscraper.
    Another thing that I want to do before I die is cooking better than now. I´m able to make a meal following a recipe but I´ve got a meal without taste, in spite of having the instructions to do it well.
    Finally, I would like to know how happy I could feel If I´d gone shopping without a limited budget, I think that It could be an excellent experience.
    I imagine that I’m not going to be able to do all of them but I ´ll try to do at least some of them.

  7. Jose Luis Lopez
    March 23, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I’m such a natural person, therefore, I don’t have great expectations in my life. I’m absolutely delighted with things that life has provided to me so far. However, writing a book has always been my dream. It will be a superb achievement for me. Its subject doesn’t matter, it could be about sport, recipes, nature, lifestyles or whatever. I will be so proud of me if I ever write it.

  8. Juani Morcillo
    March 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

    First of all, one of the most important things that I want to do is travelling. I would like to travel around the world, especially Europe, Mexico, The United States, Latin America, India, Egypt, Russia, China, Japan and so on. You can learn so many things about other cultures in order to notice and appreciate that they are essential. Above all, the journey that is easily the most important to me and that I promised my Mexican friends to do when I visited the Mexican Pyramids is the one we arranged to meet in London and go to The British Museum so that we will be able to see all the exhibitions about Egypt and, then, we will fly to Cairo in order to visit its Museum and see the Egypt Pyramids and other trips.
    Secondly, another thing that I want to see is the result of many years of effort and research on incurable illnesses such as cancer, paraplegia, brain illnesses, heart attack, etcetera. For example, one interesting thing to say about this is the research about cancer using gold particles and the irony of fate: all our history. we have been pursuing gold with the aim of money but, nowadays, it is with the aim of health.

  9. Pedro Garcia
    March 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

    What to do before dying? To have a weightless experience aboard a plane
    prepared for that. The experience is inside an empty padded plane which
    firstly rises to 32,000 feet and then down to 24,000 feet in 30 seconds.
    In that time, you have a weightless feeling without going to space!

  10. Paco Carmona
    March 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    The most important things or moments for me in life are the ones that I
    share with other people that I feel are especial for me for any reason,
    from a single second, even sometimes with un unknown person, to a rather
    long time with others, it cannot be replaced by anything else.

    But, apart from that, if I could only choose one thing for my bucket
    list to do is, with no doubt: going to space.

    Living such an incredible experience has always been my dearest dream.
    Imagine: you in the immensity of the infinity, how exciting!

    Nowadays, although we live in such a technologically advanced society,
    I’m still not able to achieve it as I won’t have, by far, enough money
    unless I won the lottery, and that’s so complicated! But I don’t lose my hope and keep trying.

  11. Oli
    March 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm


    – save enough money to stop working for, at least, one year; then, I’ll buy a round the world ticket (RTW) and plan my route with my boyfriend. I’ll have to do it before my 45th birthday more or less, to enjoy the trip with my partner and our 2 or 3 children while they are young enough not to complain.

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