8 years ago, I sat down to write a list of bucket list goals. Mostly races, this list embraced an athletic challenge combined with a place I wanted to visit in the world. I called this my “Athletic Bucket List” and although I figured that many people had similar lists to mine, the idea of creating a bucket list that goes beyond a traditional set of goals: visit the Eiffel Tower, skydive, or drive across America felt so right to me.
Over the following years, based on curiosity, friends and teammates challenges, as well as personal travel, this list grew larger in my mind and incorporated challenges where there were no race bibs or finish line chutes. Once again, I sat down to review my athletic bucket list.
Through crafting my own list, I found the following to be true:
Movement + Nature are key to a fulfilling list. Time spent in nature can profoundly affect your body in every sense. Your mind and brain get re-energized and you are physically stronger from time spent hiking, running, cycling, swimming and a host of other activities. Consider traveling to adventurous, beautiful locations where you can push your limits and challenge yourself. The world has many parks, lakes, glaciers, and oceans to explore.
Implore others to join you. Sometimes your inspiration to pursue a goal can wane. Stressors can get in the way of long-term plans and you can’t quite figure out a way to get motivated or make your goals happen. Engaging your friends, family and extended network can reinvigorate your passion and help you clarify and plan your next event. Asking for help and guidance is a sign of strength. Plus, chances are if you have a goal that makes you jump for a high net, someone you know is interested in doing it with you [or least guiding you up that last 5k to get you to the top of that mountain! *Hint* of an event on top of my list ;-)]
Don’t be afraid to revise your list. Based on personal experience and achievements (+ race disappointments -- these make you stronger, I promise!), I sat down again a few years ago to revise and update my list. It seemed a brave step to admit my heart and mind changed about a few goals, but it opened me up to new feelings of exploration, adventure and goals. Mae West famously said “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” We all have limited time on Earth, so why not make sure you’re sorting out your goals and chasing the ones that will bring you the most satisfaction and adventure?