The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, is my favorite movie. It's about two men with terminal lung cancer who meet for the first time at a hospital. They become friends and begin writing a list of things to do before they "kick the bucket." They go on some crazy adventures, from visiting the base of Mt. Everest in Nepal, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, and going skydiving over breathtaking scenery.
When I finished that movie, I thought to myself, isn't that what life is all about? We must enjoy every second of it, because we don't know when our last day will come.
This movie inspired millions of people to write their own bucket list, even if they weren't given some kind of devastating news about their health. The idea was you would write a bucket list of all the things you want to achieve in life, and you'd slowly cross off everything, until one day you could look at that list feeling extremely fulfilled.
A 17-year-old girl from Connecticut had a similar idea. She wrote a bucket list for her high school assignment that had three items on it. The first was to kiss in the rain, the second was to fly to Spain.
She completed the first two items on her list after completing high school, and then came the third...
The third item on Rebecca Draper Townsend's bucket list was to save a life, but "not really scary though."
"Yeah, I don’t know what I want to do before I die. So my friends right now are Sammy, Jess, Emily, Drew, Lauren, Emma, Andrea and Katie. My best friends not at this school are Molly, Devrie and Anna. I love the play and the volleyball team. I really want to be in one of our school musicals. Or get a lead in the play. Well this was homework and I’m doing this the day of…oops. Maybe by the time I read this I’ll stop procrastinating HAHAHA. Like that would happen," Rebecca wrote at the conclusion of her bucket list.
On the night of June 2, 2015, Rebecca and her friend Ben were crossing the street after watching fireworks when a car came flying towards them. She pushed her friend out of the way to save his life, but she was struck by the car and died.
A Facebook page honoring Rebecca's life was made. Her older sister, Monica, expressed her thoughts about the sudden loss of her dear sister.
"To my parents, thank you for taking her to Spain…To her teachers, thank you for assigning her homework like this... To Niko, thank you for being the cute boyfriend she could kiss in the rain. And to Ben, thank you for letting her save a life," Monica wrote.