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The Bucket List

Whenever someone has passed away that we know, friend, family member, parishioner, or acquaintance, I wonder if they had lived their lives to the fullest. Making every day count! Making every day special! Making every day, like it was the last day! 

  Recently I had watched the movie “the Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was a comedy about 2 men dying of cancer and meeting one another while having chemo therapy. You ask, what is so funny about dying of cancer. Nothing is funny about dying of anything but these two men made living it up before dying fun and a great adventure.

  They had both decided to make a list of things to do before they died. They called this list the “bucket list”. 

You are probably wondering where I am going with this, writing about a list. Well let me explain. When we are born, we are given life from God, then, we grow and experience life’s happy times and also sad times. Thank God that there are more happy times than sad times. In addition, when we are born no one ever thinks of dying, we get baptized and we wish the baby and family many, many years of life, health, and happiness. The mere thought of death is the furthest thing from our minds. 

  Well, let’s get back to the bucket list. There are many times when I, myself, have thought “oh, if only I could turn back the time, I would change this or that”. There are, also, times when I think about what I would like to do before it is time for me to go. Well here it goes: I would like to have my basement clean and enjoy it before I go, I would like to visit Hawaii, if I live to be 100 or more on my 100th birthday I would like to go bungee jumping. I want to enjoy my grandchildren. I want to travel to Europe again and show my children where our families came from. How about going on a boat and watching the whales in their own habitat. Go to New England and eat fresh seafood from the ocean. There are many things that I want to experience before I leave this life and go to the next life. I just pray to God that He give me strength, health and most of all enough time to do all the things that I want to do now or may decide I want to do later.

  When it is our last day on earth, wouldn’t it be nice to say “look what I have accomplished in life”. Good family, a roof over our heads, good food on our tables, but most of all I helped my Orthodox church. I would not like to lay there and say “I did nothing.” We have a responsibility to future generations. We have a responsibility to present generations. These are things that go on the “bucket list”. 

Here may be some questions to ask yourselves:

Was I greedy or was I charitable? Thinking only of myself or did I help the poor and suffering?

Was I helpful? Did I help my church grow and prosper?

Did I love God and live up to His expectations?

Did I forgive everyone who may have offended me?

I am sure there are many questions we need to answer that we can think of ourselves. 

Remember make your “bucket list” now before you get sick and try to accomplish all that is on that list and then some before it is too late. In the words of my dear friend, do everything you want to do before you “kick the bucket!”

Life is an adventure! Make every day count!

Written by Popadija Kathy Babich

12711 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Phone: (216) 226-3382 (Church Hall)

Parish Contact:
Fr. Rev. Yves C. Babich