What constitutes the good life? It’s one of the questions that I wrestled with as I wrote my book, Spun: 101 Movies to Recreate Your Reality. Even though we pursue the symbols of what we think will create the good life, ultimately, what we are seeking is happiness and fulfillment. Life is a journey of self-discovery. By participating fearlessly and authentically in the eternal drama, we discover something more precious than silver and gold. We catch a glimpse of our own soul.
In The Bucket List, Carter Chambers is a working-class African-American mechanic, who shares a hospital room with billionaire businessman, Edward Cole, after they are both diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. It’s unlikely these two men’s paths ever would have crossed, except for their illness. As their friendship develops, Edward learns that Carter has written a “bucket list” consisting of things he would like to do before he dies. It’s his vision of the good life. After learning he has less than a year to live, Carter tosses the list away. [Read more…]