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Letter: Our Time Is Now

Recently while watching the hit movie The Bucket List, I found myself wondering why a person waits until there are stressful health issues on the horizon in order for them to give themselves the permission to accomplish feats that they never were able to address before. 

Most of us do not aspire to jump out of planes, get tattooed, or go on a safari through a jungle as these mega stars portrayed.  We cross the threshold of milestones every day of our lives.  Maybe they aren’t lofty ones but it is just these accomplishments that make us who we are.  Looking back to early years, starting as young as a toddler – wasn’t it an accomplishment to fill our pail with sand and then turn it over to see little mounds that we created?  A small accomplishment but never the less it made us laugh and be happy.  Some years down the road making the sports team, achieving badges in Scouts, being in the drama club, wasn’t that having your goals met at a young age?  On to college the opportunities for achieving and excelling abounded and hopefully the plans for the future were in our grasp. Somewhere on this journey raising a family would undoubtedly offer challenges and rewards that are priceless.

At the end of the year, New Year’s Eve lends itself to our hopes for the new year and the possibility of a new you.  There are promises to take better care of our health, setting aside time to enjoy life instead of putting our wants on the back burner and challenging ourselves outside the realm of our everyday tasks.  Being a better you and helping others in our everyday lives are all accomplishments.  Maybe not as grandiose as hunting the big cat or visiting the pyramids but that’s okay, too.  I’ve come to the realistic conclusion our bucket should be a pail to be filled one grain of sand at a time; many feel good moments, and just enough downs that help us to know the difference and appreciate it all.  We must never forget our lives and all its milestones will always be a gift. We need to embrace it all and not waste a moment waiting.

Diane Sciacchitano