Before we turned 70, my twin sister and I wrote a Bucket List, things we wanted to do before we “kicked the bucket.” Our lists were similar when it came to travel, but not involving physically-adventurous events. I wanted to take a raft trip down the Colorado River. And hike the Appalachian Trail. And go ziplining.
We both listed traveling to all 50 of our states and all the national parks. And Scotland, since we have ancestors buried there. I added the Holy Land to my list.
After several years we pitched our lists, knowing we’d never live long enough to check off each item. Besides, we’d both succeeded in dwindling it down. I, for instance, had gone canoeing (and swamping) with my son once and with a group of much younger adventurers. I’d hiked several mountains, small ones in northern Minnesota and large ones in British Columbia and Alaska. I’d had numerous stories published in various publications, written a weekly devotional column (16 years and counting), and begun writing my first book (eight and counting).
I also had started my own quilting business and begun teaching small groups in quilting, Bible studies, journaling, and memoir writing. I still teach, hike, and write.
My visit-every-state-and-national-park items, however, have bit the dust. Sort of. I say that because once I go on a planned bus tour to New England this fall, I can cross off several states.
New adventures are fun, no matter our age. Change is good for us. It helps keep us young physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The Lord created a vast array of beauty to enjoy. What better way to worship Him, learn more about Him, and share about Him to others, than taking advantage of all that He offers us? Like ziplining to catch the wind in our hair and view earth from an eagle’s perspective.
Do you have a bucket list? Have you gone on any new adventures in the past twenty years or so?
More importantly, have you gone ziplining? If so, would you please let me know where and how you fared during the zip trip?
Thanks in advance. When I sign up for a ziplining trip, I’ll be sure to share my experience.