Talia’s Bucket List

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As many of you may have already heard, Talia Castellano, the beautiful teenage girl who inspired so many people with her makeup tutorials on Youtube and her appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, passed away from cancer this Tuesday.

I recently read an article in the Huffington Post about Talia’s seventy-six item bucket list, which she wrote down five days before she passed away.

Some of the items on her list include having a “paint war,” going “parasailing,” and going “on a road trip with no destination.”

Now Talia’s Facebook followers, known as “Talia’s angels” are helping her cross off some of the items on her bucket list.

You can look at Talia’s Facebook page to view photos of this sweet girl, along with photos her followers are sending and Talia’s family are posting of the followers’ efforts to help her complete her bucket list. Although she will be very missed on Earth, it is so nice to see what an inspiration she has become.

I wanted to share the story about Talia’s bucket list with you guys in case you hadn’t heard about it. I would definitely encourage you to check out her page, as it is so nice to see the amount of love her followers are giving to Talia and her family.

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22 Responses to Talia’s Bucket List

  1. I was really sad to hear she’d died. Somehow I thought she would make it as she seemed to be doing so well when I saw her on Ellen.

  2. davecenker says:

    I had not heard about Talia’s story, but it is extremely inspiring to see someone truly live their life. She has passed that inspiration to others her life has touched like a pebble creates a ripple in a pond. Although her time on earth was cut tragically short, she has lived more fully than many adults ever will. Thank you for sharing this touching and emotional story.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been watching some of her old videos and felt like my heart is breaking. Is her entire list available? I would love to do as many items on the list as possible in her name.

    • Hi Carolyn! I know what you mean; I watched her on Ellen last night and it was so sad. I’m actually not sure if the full list is available, as some of the sites show the first 30 or so, but I will have to try and look for it!

  4. michaelmulholland says:

    Lovely, I’d like to be there playing my guitar…

  5. savioni says:

    I had to look up the definition of Bucket List to know for sure what it meant. Some months ago the phrase/term/concept came to me and I tried to visualize its meaning. A list in a bucket, for example, something attached to the outside of a bucket, or types of buckets one would buy, but it never really made sense.

    Anyway, as time went by, I forgot about it. I make lists all the time and I usually don’t get the items done. When I looked up the concept, I realized it tied to Talia’s eventual demise. She had wishes of things she wanted to do before she died.

    I am very sorry this petit beauty succumbed to cancer. One wonders why some people pass through our lives but for a moment and no more?

    Thank you for letting me know about her and certainly the concept of a bucket list implies that we are thinking about death, which begs the question, why you would be so conscious?

    Your quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson may reveal your interest in such an idea as having a bucket list and beginning to check these items off. “The greatest discoveries are those that shed light unto ourselves”

    So, having something you want to do before you die speaks of something that talks about who you are and what your purpose might be for being in the world and with us.

    You want to help us achieve our goals, but what about your goals? I read in a pop psychology book that helping others and the desire to do so stems from seeing a loved one flounder and you came to their rescue or at least had empathy for them.

    My father died when I was 10 and I knew with the announcement that I would be taking over as the emotional parent of the household. Have you noticed that in yourself?

    I understand the quote by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, when she writes, “‘be selfless, if only for selfish reasons.’ What that means is that the act of being selfless provides a freedom from guilt, to be where you should be, and perhaps we all know that to love (platonically) others is the ultimate sacrifice of self, but it also sets you free karmically.

    Today, I was completely exhausted by my job and I couldn’t figure out a way to resolve the seemingly permanent uncertainty it has become, as it never ceases to require increased productivity and it strives to lessen pay. In Marxism, this means making the worker work beyond his/her comfort level.

    Rubin goes on to say, “Happiness is often boosted more by providing support to other people than receiving it.” I understand that, but I also read recently that people who help others often forget themselves and the psychological consequence of perhaps doing for others so that you might live may prove to tell the body that you no longer care to fulfill your purpose and it ends your life. We are here on this earth to fulfill an egoistic purpose. The instructions are often found in doing what we think we should be doing. I’ve always been afraid of the Law School Admissions Test, mainly because I’ve taken it in the form of mock exams and done poorly, but also as the PSAT and the SAT, where I scored 300 in Math and 310 in English. I believe the scores then were 800 as the highest. I feel I have to take the LSAT because I have always wanted to go to Law School or thought I did, and I also wanted to get a PhD in English Literature, mainly American Literature. But, most of all I wanted to write for The New Yorker and get a Pulitzer Prize.
    Those are at the top of my bucket list, but even before that I simply wanted to know what I should do for a career and secondly, I wanted to know what I should do about my mother. It was back then that I couldn’t figure out whether I should sacrifice my life for her or if I should live my own life. The answer came in a book I am reading, Roland Barthes’ The Preparation of the Novel, where he quotes Franz Kafka as saying: “Truth resides not in individual but in the chorus,” meaning that the writer, in my case, lovingly incorporates the world into my work.

    • Hi! First off, thank you for such an awesome, thought provoking comment; I loved reading it! It’s funny you mention looking up the term bucket list, as I actually did that once for an article I wrote and reading about its origins was really interesting! I never realized it was such a new concept, even though the term “kicking the bucket” is a really old one. I agree that it is so sad and unfair about Talia, but she is such an inspiration. I also really like what you read in the psychology book and it makes a lot of sense. I am so sorry to hear about your father, but hopefully the wonderful memories you have of him provide some comfort. I think you should definitely try and take those tests, as it seems like your wonderful determination will carry you far 🙂 Thank you again for your in depth comment; it really got me thinking! I look forward to continuing to read more of your posts really soon!

  6. Topaz says:

    Before reading your post, I hadn’t heard about Talia. Thank you for bringing awareness to her situation.

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  8. paytonjade says:

    What an amazing person with such a great outlook!

  9. Thank you for following my blog. I hope you continue to find something of interest there though I can’t imagine how you will find time to read. It looks from your blog, like you have quite a full plate already. I can also see you seem to have things well in hand. I’m kind of at the end of my bucket list. Only a few things left but still the proverbial list maker. It promotes focus. I’ll stop by again and thank you again.

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