by Marlene Kupsch
A few years ago The Fault in Our Stars made a big hit when it came out in theaters. However, I am the type of person who prefers to read the book first and then the movie is a disappointment. BUT the novel and the film were both well done! I think John Green did a terrific job telling you the story of Hazel, a young girl with a terminal illness, who finds Gus in a cancer support group and together they go on a journey to meet the reclusive author of a beloved book. I would love to meet and have a conversation with my favorite author!!
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods is a five star for me. The name of the novel has changed to How to Be Happy, when it was reprinted in paperback. (I like the original name and cover, but no one asked my permission, haha!) I picked this book up off the new book shelf not long into when the cooler weather started at the end of last year. I remember thinking, a few cozy nights on the couch, with the dog and this book were definitely in my future. Boy, was I wrong! The very first night, I read half the book! I would have read well into the night if it wasn’t for the thought of waking up for work the next morning really tired. So I finished it the next night. I was completely enamored with Polly! I wanted her to come and help me change the things in my life that I did not have the guts to change. Polly and Annie embark on a 100-day journey together so Annie can move on with her life from the slump she is in, and Polly can make her lasting days on earth mean something. I laughed, I cried and I loved it from cover to cover!
Jenifer Estess was in her prime when ALS came to get her! She just started checking things off her Bucket List when it hit. She had another big one to get though: She wanted a husband and kids. Tales From the Bed: On Living, Dying, and Having It All: A Memoir, she tells you how she co founded an organization called Project ALS that raised more than 17 million dollars, and with the help of her family and friends lived the rest of her life trying to attain all her goals.
To lighten the mood now… Who doesn’t love Morgan Freeman? In the film Bucket List, Morgan and Jack Nicholson, who are dying of cancer, escape their hospital rooms to conquer all the things that they have ever wanted to do. Jack is a billionaire, so money is no problem, and together they run a humorous journey around the world doing all the things they can before they “kick the bucket”.
Not everyone makes a bucket list after they are told they are dying. Some of us are dreamers and make one early on in life. I have a few things on mine. None of them are A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail or anything that requires me to walk for days and weeks through the woods, but Bill Bryson thought it was a novel idea! This book was adapted into a film starring Robert Redford. He tries to get everyone he knows to come with him, and only one person, Nick Nolte’s character, agrees to accompany him, who by the way is the complete opposite of Redford. They both learn different things about themselves and each other. Along the way there are a few arguments, a few laughs, and new people to meet on this trail. Well worth the read or watch!
When I first moved to Tennessee, I went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and marveled over other people’s accomplishments and imagined how hard they would have had to work to achieve the fame they have. I do not want to be in the limelight and have entire exhibits dedicated to me, but I do want to know that I have made a difference somewhere, for someone. I planned to make a list of all things big and small that I could do. In the gift shop, I found a vinyl record covered little journal that had one of my favorite country songs on it. (“I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson.) My grandmother used to sing this song every chance she got, and being she was the sounding board of all my hopes and dreams when I was young, this was the perfect place to write all my new ones down in. I have since checked off 2 things on my bucket list and have acquired a few more!
Make a Bucket List Today! Write down one thing right now, get it done tomorrow! Live like today might be your last day, and check those dreams off!