“I like to make decisions based on what my 80-year-old self would want me to do.” That was the opening sentence to an article titled Truth or Bare by Alice Oglethorpe in June’s issue of Fitness magazine about the writer accepting a assignment given to her by her editor. I was immediately drawn into the article because I have been thinking the past couple of years that I should be more open to trying new things. I mean, I’m still in good shape, I’m healthy (knock on wood) and I’m still young enough. But I’ve been thinking about things in the areas of camping (tent and all), zip-lining, snorkeling (my last attempt on our honeymoon in Hawaii wasn’t very successful). Bare yoga?
I don’t think so.
And not just any yoga class. A 90-minute, co-ed yoga class.
Definitely don’t think so.
I think bare yoga is a little too adventurous for me.
But it does have me thinking. I’ve let my short bucket list fall to the wayside and I probably should dust it off and add a few things to it. Life is about living and the way to live is to try new things. Right?
I haven’t had the opportunity to go camping, zip-lining or snorkeling recently but when I do come across those opportunities I will greet them with an open mind and no preconceived thoughts. I will be an empty slate willing to come from an place of “yes” (or craziness, depending upon the opportunity).
Hmmm, what else could I add?
I’d love to drive a race car.
I’d love to scuba dive. But I think I need to learn to swim. I think the problem with snorkeling was that I was going to drown, so that kinda sucked all the fun out of the adventure.
I’d like to travel Europe.
I’d love to swim with dolphins.
Okay, it looks like I do need to learn to swim. Add that to the list (this will also be a bonus for my 80 year old self, I could keep in shape by doing water aerobics).
I’m sure that my list will continue to grow and it better because I have many, many years to fill up with adventures and I want my 80 year old self grinning from ear to ear when she looks back at her 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
The writer of this article came out of the experience empowered, feeling beautiful and brave (she’s very brave!). She’d let go of her thoughts about the body’s flaw. That’s an awesome gift. However, I will need to find that gift someplace because I’m not going to be doing a downward facing dog pose in my birthday suit any time soon. But I did receive a gift from this article. The article got me thinking about what I’d like to try and accomplish in the years to come. How about you? What would you like for your 80 year-old-self to look back on and say, “Girl, I’m so glad that you tried that”?