To Justin Zackham, and family, writer of the film "The Bucket List," a list of things to do, before we kick the bucket, this is Andy Lee Graham writing 10 years after I wrote the first time about, "The Bucket List."
Justin Zackham and Family
I, Andy Lee Graham have travel the world non-stop for 20 years, and 112 countries, I have visited about half the countries on the planet.
January 1, 2009, 10 years ago, I wrote a travel Blog post called,
"The Bucket List Travel Tip" Read Here
January 2, 2019, 10 years later, and one day after first writing about The Bucket List film, I receive an email from a public relations firm saying,
"We would love to arrange an interview with you and screenwriter/world-traveler/father Justin Zackham, who wrote the international hit film THE BUCKET LIST starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and is responsible for first coining the term "Bucket List," ---
I read the emails a couple of times, trying to see if there was some story, behind the story, in the end, it seems Justin Zackham, and family, has a dream.
"as he sets out with his wife Katherine and their two children to complete their own top bucket list goal of making the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first family to visit every country in the world."
My first thought,
"Justin, do you have any idea how many countries on the planet?"
My second thought was calculations, as is my nature, I see all trips as possible, there is the money, the time, the visas, and the path, of course we need a map, trips start with dreams, anticipation, but in the end, there is always the map.
Today is January 4, as I received this email on January 2nd, 2019, my obsessive, explorers mind is 10 percent into the trip, how to start? Hmm, does Justin know the term "Culture Clash," and "Culture Fatigue?" and even more important, does he know the term, "Losing The Plot."
People take off to write a story of their life, and they lose the plot, they stray from the story, and write another... and more often, without a filter on their brains, out for a year, or two, they start making a separate reality, that has little, if no correlation with the real world. "They lose the plot."
Therefore, I am a little worried for Justin, I am quite sure he is super intelligent, but is he culturally aware, culturally fit to adapt?
Nonetheless, this is what I wrote 10 years ago:
The Bucket List Travel Tip
Make a list of all the things you want to do before you kick the bucket. When someone says, get a life, this is what they mean…
““Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
-David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Panajachel, Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We negotiate our life while living on a small precipice; we look over the edge seeing all that is possible. However, still as timid souls we ask too little of ourselves, we believe in tomorrow more than today.
I stole this tip, I am copying this tip, and I am buying into this tip from a movie called, “The Bucket List.”
Two men who have terminal cancer make their dream list of what they want to do before the kick the bucket. The difference between these two men and the rest of the world is they decide to be the heroes of their life.
Make a list of all the things you want to do before you kick the bucket, then start to today to find the hero of the story.
Please go watch the movie “The Bucket List,” and make all the tomorrows become today, then one day at a time you can become the hero of the story.
Once you have “The Bucket List,” you will learn there are people who love you and will help you achieve your dreams, and there will be many who say this is just a movie… it is not a movie, it is the story of your life, do not lose the negotiations, your life is at stake.
There is a spiritual nature, not everything can be explained.
Life is Good, your friend, Andy Lee Graham
Conclusion: I think he could use a few days prep talk, from me, and few of the world travelers who are half way done... I have 112 countries, 20 years of travel, and my estimate, there is 253 countries.
Le vie est belle, Andre