The Bucket List - the shortened version

Ran: 4.5 miles / 7.2K with the dogs
Just a couple of days left in the year 2010. Soon enough we'll have a whole new year to fill with races and other fun (or not so fun) stuff. ;)
My resolutions for 2011 are...NONE!
Everyone around me seems to be talking about New Year's resolutions. Quit smoking, pick up a hobby, eat less meat, spend more time with the family, spend less time in the bar. All good/ambitious resolutions.
I'm not a New Year's resolutions' kind of girl. If you want to quit smoking, quit today. Feel the need to get into a healthier lifestyle, join the gym - today. And if you want to spend more time with the family, just do so! Don't get me wrong, I do realize that starting off a new year with these resolutions must feel like you're onto something 'great' and off to a fresh start. I just don't get why you would wait till January 1st. Call me nutso. Or a party pooper.
A bucket list?
However, I love lists. Love, love lists. And especially checking things on these lists. Plus: writing 'done' on a list; great feeling!
And I do have a lot of things that I would like to do in the somewhat near future. And I'm afraid that I might forget about some of these things. So, what I'll do is, instead of working on New Year's resolutions, I'll make a bucket list. A 'special' kind of bucket list that is. Not the 'old school' things to do before you die list. Nope, I'm making a 'bucket list' for 2011 alone and a separate 'bucket list' for the next 5 years. Why? Because it's my bucket list! :)
Weird? Corny? You tell me!
I just know that - for example - I really really really want to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland. But I also know that I won't be doing that in 2011. Because I'll have to turn myself into a rock climber before I give it a shot. And I don't have time for that this year. So, that would be on the 5 year bucket list.
What I can do in 2011 is try my luck at a triathlon. That one would be on the 2011 bucket list. Especially since I can't bail out when it's on the list. I'm working on some kind of 'punishment system' for not doing things on the list for random reasons. (Ofcourse, an injury etcetera would not be included in this system. Being injured is a punishment itself) If you have any thoughts on the punishment system: please do share. ;)
Leaves me to this: do you have a written down or 'secret' bucket list?


Becka said...

You are going to be awesome at a triathlon!!

misszippy said...

You'll love a tri--they're so much fun. Nothing wrong with doing your bucket list your way!

Jason said...

Nothing written down but there is certainly a bucket list. Maybe I should write it down though and I'm not one for secrets.

I would probably post my bucket list this way I am held accountable for doing them.

PunkRockRunner said...

The New York City Marathon will be officially checked off my “Bucket List” this year (leaving just London and Berlin to go) and I will run my first trail ultras in 2011 ( a 50K and a 50M). Beyond that I really don’t make lists.

Truth is; I would like to reach a level of fitness that would allow me to finish an Ironman before the Sun goes down so there would be no need for artificial light or flash photography at the finish line.

The Great Wall Marathon holds some interest for me (put that on my nonexistent list too).

I really enjoyed reading your blog.

All the best and have a safe and happy New Years.


Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

Why do I have to wait till January 1st to call you a party pooper, nutso, weird and/or corny? I think we should start today!! :-)

I think you will have a 70.3 HIM in your 2011 or 2012 "bucket" list. I predict after your first TRI you will be seriously hooked. Mark my words!!


Silly Girl Running said...

@ all: will post the list on my blog when it's done. That way I really can't bail out. :)

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Ron: Thanks for visiting my blog, Ron! :) For me too 2011 will hopefully be the year of my first trail ultra (a 50 miler): can't wait! And the Great Wall Marathon: that one will have to go on my bucket list! :)

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Kevin: Hereby I grant you to privilege of calling me nutso, weird, etcetera every day of the week. ;) And, okay okay, I'll put a HIM (why the heck not go for a full IM right away) on the 5 year bucket list. ;)

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

@Silly Girl: You would be nutso weird to do that race.

I am going to add this recipe to my baking bucket list. Darn this looks and sounds awesome.



Silly Girl Running said...

@Kevin: Why did you have to show me that recipe? ;) Now I'll have to bake that cake for New Year's Eve. My hips will not like you for that! ;)

Amanda@runninghood said...

How cool to find this blog. I just asked about bucket lists at the end of my post today. :) My blog tonight is going to touch on my life dreams so I guess that would go along with bucket lists. I love lists too! lists of all kinds...things I'm thankful for, things I did in a day, goals, etc. And I say do it today and i'm usually not a big new years resolution person but I do usually refocus or take a new look in the new year to gage where I'm at with my current goals. :)

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Amanda: Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I'll check out your post on bucket lists! :)