As this year comes to a close I hear a lot of people talking about bucket lists. Whether they’re talking about a list of things that they want to accomplish this particular year or in general just things they want to do before they die…. either way it peaks my interest. I talked about this once before a long time ago when I first started this blog.
I don’t have a bucket list. I have never really sat down and plotted out the things that I want to do before I die. Maybe I should. Lately I see a lot of different things that people are doing that I would like to do. Things such as try rock climbing, go sky diving, etc. I’m not sure, should I? Do I need a formalized list?
Maybe the idea is more so to be cognizant of the fact that life is short and you need to seize the opportunity. To take the time to do the things you want to do because you never know when you won’t be able to. You could blink and it could be too late! I think it’s about not regretting things that you should have, would have or could have done. Not looking back and wishing that you’d taken the time to give something new a try. That’s how I like to think about the idea of a bucket list. I don’t want to be on my death-bed wishing that I’d taken a chance when I was 32 years old.
So once again I come back to the fact that I do not have a formalized bucket list. But I can say that I try to recognize that I need to seize opportunity and give new things a try or a tri! I can guarantee that if you’d asked me three years ago if running a marathon or completing a triathlon were on my bucket list, I would have laughed right in your face. And look at me now. I think I’ve eliminated can’t from my vocabulary. Ok well, maybe I’ve mostly eliminated it. Since I began this journey and this blog, I’ve completed a marathon, several half-marathons, countless 10 and 5k’s. I’ve finished a few sprint triathlons and most recently my first olympic distance tri. I’ve realized that there isn’t really anything I can’t do if I set my mind to it.
So where am I going with this. I don’t have a bucket list at this moment. I have an idea of things that I’d like to try. If I’m presented with a situation in which I can seize the opportunity to try something new, I will do it. But maybe I do need an actual physical list. A place where I can keep track of all of my accomplishments by placing a single line through them as they’re completed. A list that is ever evolving and changing. Something by which to keep myself honest and true to me and my own hopes and aspirations. It could be fun and quite possibly inspiring.
What do you think? Do you keep a bucket list? Why or why not?