And just like that…summer is almost over. School starts next week and then homework, sports, and after-school activities take the lead. No more lazy afternoons where the hardest decision is which float to lounge on before the sun sets. My girls went away to sleep away camp for the first time so I feel like I was robbed of two weeks of play. Now we are in the final stretch of summer and it’s time to fit in as much fun as we possibly can. Here is our end-of-summer bucket list…
(In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month…)
When I was 5 and my brother 7, we lost our mother to ovarian cancer. That changed my life forever. Three years ago my daughters were just about to turn 5 and 7 and I knew I had to contribute some way to raising awareness about cancer (all cancers) and help with fundraising for research. When I decided to do the Susan G Komen 3 -Day walk in Boston I never knew how much it would change me.
“We grow great by dreams. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”
– W. Wilson
Why did I start my list?
When I was in college I had an English professor that was the stereotypical hippy, turtleneck wearing, book loving, ‘Let’s have class outside’ kind of professor. I absolutely LOVED him! (Ok…it helped that he was also really cute!) He had a philosophy that everyone should have a Bucket List. However, he called it a Life List because it should be about your life, not your death. He suggested always having 100 items on your list at all time. When you accomplish one, you need to replace it with another. If you know me, you know I live for lists so this was right up my alley. Years later, I still keep a list.
This morning I jumped from an airplane, landed on the top of a snowcapped mountain, and skied down a black diamond trail. Well…ok…not exactly. I actually just went up the Magic Carpet and came back down a few times but I can tell you it was just as scary! I am 40 years old (Ugh…that can’t be right) and I am just learning how to ski.
If you see me running around your neighborhood, I’d like you to call the police because there’s a good chance someone is chasing me. I am not a runner. I envy people that actually have the ability to lace up their sneakers, throw their headphones on and go for a leisure 5 mile run. I’m getting shin splints just thinking about it! My 8-year-old daughter does an amazing program called Girls on the Run, that teaches them about self-confidence and girl power while training them for a 5K. At the end they complete the 5K with an adult and she chose me to run it with her. After that first run she said, “I think we should do the Color Run…you know…since we’re runners now!” Hahaha…yep…runner…that’s me. So on a rainy cold day in the summer of 2015 we laced up our sneakers and had the absolute best time doing this run. Here are 10 tips about this amazing race:
Imagine standing inside a crowded piazza in Italy as horses and their riders soar around you at top speed, horses hitting the padded walls, and jockeys being thrown and collapsing onto the dirt track. Each summer, in Italy, tens of thousands of spectators come to Siena to experience the horse race called Palio. It is the most unforgettable race I’ve ever attended!