I recently heard that expression from a friend of mine. I have never really examined what that means to me or anyone else. I guess, for me, it means a number of years of healthy living and doing some of the things that I would like to do. For the friend of mine, who is in his early 80’s it probably means something entirely different.
You see, my friend has an amazing amount of money. His view of living life to the fullest is to go on many cruises to esoteric places and taking fantastic photographs of volcanos and strange flora and fauna. Somehow that does not match with my view of things.
For those of you who saw the movie, “Bucket List,” another way of saying living life to the fullest, was an example of how one might do that if one had money. The kinds of folks that we are working with in a poor and rural county have fewer and less grandiose notions of what living life to the fullest might mean. For them, it is a steady paycheck, an automobile, food on the table, hope that their children will do better than they, and things on the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Maybe that’s a class distinction that for which I was not aware. Perspective is the keyword here. Each us has a set of priorities and dreams. Right now, for me, it is a great deal when I work with the kids at the high school in the rural county in SC. I look forward to each meeting and enjoy wandering through the lunchroom, talking with the teachers and the administrators. I was very happy to get my security clearance so that I could do those things. The next part of my bucket list will be to take a jump shot in the gym, come down on my feet and not break any bones.
I can’t help it if I have paltry desires. I guess growing up kind of poor had more of an effect on me than I believed. I eschew thinking about cruises (although if offered, I would take it), new clothes, new cars and the like. I guess that I am happy with the things that I was always happy with- helping out where I can. To me that is “living life to the fullest.”