After losing his beloved canine companion of over twelve years, Samson, and realizing just how previous and fleeting life's special moments truly are, Wes Morehouse of Nashville, Tennessee, resolved to make the most of his remaining time on earth by diving into all of his "bucket list" activities, including visiting Alaska, hiking the Grand Canyon, and telling his brother despite all their bickering how much he loved him - only to accidentally kick over his list-containing bucket and lose out on any additional special moments of his own.
"It was so brutally ironic," said Wes's close friend and housemate, Cody Payne. "But at least if he didn't die doing what he loved to do, he died trying to start doing things he'd always wanted to do. That's something."
According to Cody, Wes was big on symbolism, which was why he'd placed the list he'd made of all the things he intended to do before he died into an actual metal bucket, which he kept prominently situated in their living room. In preparation for the Grand Canyon hike, out-of-shape Wes had begun going for a three-mile jog every morning. Early one morning, Cody watched in horror as a groggy Wes, in his haste to get out on the running trail, attempted to nudge the bucket out of his way with his foot, but unfortunately lost his balance in the process and struck his forehead on a coffee table. Cody called 911, but it was too late; EMTs told him that Wes had died instantly upon impact.
Now, left without the companionship of either Wes or Wes's dog, the grieving Cody says that he plans to take his friend's life lesson to heart.
"I realized how dangerous it is to exercise in the morning, if ever," he said. "And no getting too crazy with my future plans. Life's too short. I'm playing it safe."