That title is a little misleading. I don’t have a bucket list. Sure, there are things I want to do. I want to write a book. I want to visit the pyramids in Egypt. I want to travel. I’ve always wanted to run a 5K. That’s about my entire list. I suppose I’m just low maintenance, or I’m just too busy living life right now to think much about the future.
I’ve actually been pondering that lately. I don’t want to just be content. I want to constantly be striving to become better, to do better. I want to be living life instead of just enduring it, one day at a time. It seems that as kids we have this great goal of getting married and having kids. But, then what? We just endure until we die? I think I just get too stuck in that enduring part . . . and forget that I still have a lot of life to live. I don’t want to make a list of things that I’m going to do when I’m old. I want to do things now!
In that spirit, I can now check one thing off my bucket list. 5 months ago, I began a program called “Couch to 5K”. Last Saturday, I ran – yes, ran – my first 5K. Jon, Emily and I ran in the Kids Cowtown 5K.
We all had a great time. Yes, there were about a million kids. Yes, I almost died a couple of times when said kids cut in front of me and completely stopped running. Yes, a large majority of the people walked . . . in the MIDDLE of the road. But, it was fantastic! I was worried about Emily running the whole time. She regularly runs 3 miles at school, but it’s a quarter mile at a time. But, she ran the entire way . . . and probably had to slow down to wait for me. Our finish time was 35 minutes and 20 seconds. Not extremely fast, but I was 103rd of about 800 women. (Although, to be fair, most of them were stopping in the middle of the road and taking pictures. Apparently I’m a bad Mom because I didn’t make everyone else run around me so I could snap a quick shot of my child!) I was on a high for most of the day. I got a flyer for the Zoo Run in the mail yesterday and told Jon I want to sign up. It was an addicting thing. Now, I have running a 10K on my list.
I suppose I’ll keep moving forward. I’ll try to not get so caught up in the mundane, everyday things that I forget to work toward the future. It’s probably a balance thing, huh? I’m sure I’ll figure it all out – just in time to work on my real bucket list. 🙂