In the month of January I have started reading Zero to Hero on the Daily Post. I was looking for help in trying this new adventure in my life, blogging. They put a link on their page “365 Writing Prompts.” The daily prompt is to give us something to think about and do a posting on our blogs. I opened the prompts and started reading each day theme. Now I am not going to do a post a day, but I could choose one or two themes per month and blog about those themes. So here is my first choice.
The 11th Item On My Bucket List.
Yes, I saw the movie but I don’t have a check list of things I must do before I die. Instead I have been a person who enjoys the day at hand. There are things I have done in my life, as I have looked back I am glad I taken the opportunity to participate in those activities.
In December of 2007, Laurel and I bought treadmill. I took the opportunity to start walking then running. When I started, my goal wasn’t to loss weight, but it was to be healthier. Along the way I lost 50 pounds and found myself going out for daily runs. In 2009 I made the decision to sign up for my first 5k race. I was pleased with my performance and made the decision that day to sign up for a half marathon. Really, I was going to run a half marathon! I set a goal of 2 hours and 11 minutes and finished in 2 hours and 4 minutes. If you would have told my two years earlier I would run a half marathon I would have wanted a sip of what ever you were drinking. It wasn’t on my bucket list, but I am so proud I had the opportunity do something I never dreamed I could do in my life. That accomplishment has open the door to others and encourage them to live life changing dreams they never believed were possible.
In 2010 my brother-in law, Joe and I climbed Pikes Peak in Colorado. This was my first time climbing mountain. In Wisconsin I am a flat landed. Would I have the lung capacity to climb to over 14,000 feet? My health was excellent and went for daily runs the two days before we climbed. As we set out I found my heart racing as we hiked thru the forest on the mountain. We took a few breaks and I caught my breath. I was good to go and loved every minute on the climb. The sights were memorable and I wouldn’t have missed the chance to climb. Was it on the bucket list? Again, no, but the memories will be in my heart for a life time.
Then this year my Mother-in-law turned 80. She wanted to go skydiving to celebrate her life. She had all her children and some others join her but I did not jump. I stayed on the ground photographing the event. The smiles of exhilaration filled my camara as I pushed the shutter button. On the way home my wife asked me if I would jump next time. I said I probably would. Not because of the trill of the jump, but to feel the exhilaration I saw in my camera. And still skydiving is not on my bucket list.
These are a couple of examples of a great bucket list of dreams and none of them were on my list. I just celebrated the day and enjoyed the adventure. But what about the small things you do to encourage others? Giving someone a pep talk that gives them the courage to sign up for their first 5k race. Tell someone of your adventure of climbing a mountain and give them the will to climb their mountain. Or stand silently on the sideline and capturing in photos someone’s milestone.
Sometimes a great bucket list has a few entries of how I am willing to help others in their quest of achieving their bucket list. And I have found that just as rewarding and fulfilling.