The F*@% It (Er, Bucket) List

By: Lauren Thaler  |  Date: July 21st, 2011  |  Category: Death Defying Acts  |  Comments: 1 comment »

So, the question is this: If you know your life has an imminent expiration date, how do you choose to live the remainder of it?

We’ve all heard people talk about their bucket lists. They would travel the world, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, go bungee jumping, and maybe buy a flashy car. I’d like to believe that I have a list too. If I were to conjure one up, it might include travel, front row tickets to watch my favorite bands perform and several bonfires on a beach (s’more making mandatory).

When my mom was diagnosed, she didn’t have a bucket list. She had a f*@% list. She put her head to the ground, focused on the demands of chemotherapy and did little else. When friends urged her to take an extravagant trip or try a new, fancy restaurant, she said, in a nutshell, f*@% it. (Of course she didn’t actually say that since she never [...]