I can’t remember if I’ve ever referred to myself as a “popcorn head” on this blog before. If not….
POP! POP! POP! POP!
I’m serious….I have AT LEAST one idea a day. Most are stupid and/or frivolous, but some are decent and have a little bit of sticking power.
Here’s an example: Around 2001, I had a GREAT idea for a movie. The concept was simple: Guys go to wedding they’re not invited to so they can eat, drink, and pickup bride’s maids. (I don’t think I have to tell you how this particular “kernel” played out – Ummm….Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, rhymes with bedding dashers.)
Actually, it’s OK….because there is only one person to blame in this wide world of popping – ME! (It’s not like the suits from ESPN got me drunk and stole my idea.) These ideas infiltrated my brain, and I didn’t do a damn thing about it.
Relying on goodwill, guts and gumption Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie travel the globe in a purple transit bus to complete a list of ‘100 things to do before you die’ and to help and encourage others to go after their own lists. For every item they complete on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams. Everywhere they go they ask the question: What do you want to do before you die?
I know someone with a list like this…oh yeah…ME!
Now….here’s the difference. I was actually going to write a book about this. (The TV show idea is brilliant, but I was leaning in a different direction with the exact same concept.)
I had actually starting writing it. Here’s an excerpt:
We talked about our Lists and what we could mark off next.We also talked about how we could help each other cross certain things off.
The wheels in my head were spinning on a much larger scale, though.
“A gigantic thank you note to God…”
“Truly living an adventurous and amazing life…”
“Other List Makers….”
I was finally able to connect the dots that were dancing around in my brain. “What if I reached out to other people who had made a List,” I thought to myself. “I could help them with their tasks – they could possibly help me with some of mine – and I could write about these wonderfully great people and this incredible experience.”