Some time ago it occurred to me that experiences are generally divided in threes: the creator, the participant, and the viewer. This may seem simplistic, but at a basic function, most of us fit into one or more of these areas throughout our day… and definitely throughout our lifetime.
“They say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star.” Have you seen Gattaca? It’s one of my favorite films. Yes, I consider myself a semi-sci-fi geek, but I mostly like the theme about succeeding against all odds… even when people, and society in general, do not expect success from you. It’s an old story element that helps us root for the good guy.
The part that most intrigued me is when they show doctors using a blood sample to determine life expectancy and cause of death for newborns. It would have been just a matter of time before they can deterimine one’s career. (Futurama, the cartoon series, addressed this by implanting a job chip onto every citizen on earth.) Imagine that! Being told what your job should be.
“What’s on your bucket list?” asked a close friend of mine during lunch one day.
I must have had a confused gleam in my eye because, after about three seconds, she clarified. “Name three things you want to accomplish before you die… or by the end of 2010! A bucket list is supposed to be items to do before you die, but we are young so let’s not wait until we’re old to accomplish those things. So… what are three things you want to do by the end of 2010?”
I needed some time to think about it.