Floreta recently posted what will be the beginning of her "bucket list." She also talked a bit about how she wasn't sure why so many of these life lists focused on physical goals and adventures. Looking back over my now-defunct 101 goals in 1001 days list, I am certainly guilty of that. Most of the things that I wanted, and still want to do, all revolve around seeing, being and doing. I want to climb mountains, run races, win fights, and travel to exotic locations. The thing that is nagging at me a bit is that I am not really sure why I want these things.
The easy answer is that I want these things because I enjoy them. For hiking, backpacking, and climbing, I enjoy the challenge of it. I enjoy getting away from the city and seeing naturally beautiful things. For boxing, I enjoy the training even, and especially when it is at it's most grueling. I enjoy competing...you know, so long as everything is going well. Even if it doesnt, I always enjoy having competed. For travel, I love seeing new places, exploring exotic locales, and checking out the ethnic women. Plus, theres always the better than average chance of getting involved in some kind of adventure.
While I love all these different activities that will make up any life list that I ever take the time to make, a part of me loves them because I like the image of me that it creates. I like being a traveler, outdoorsman, boxer. And that seems a little shallow. It should be enough that I do these things without the need to identify myself as such.