I have a question for all of my readers: Do you have anything on your bucket list that is there for no comprehensible reason?
If my question makes no sense, I won’t be surprised. Let me back up a little bit and explain why I ask. Years ago — almost eleven years ago, to be exact — something found its way onto my bucket list for no good reason.
I randomly decided one day that I wanted to run a marathon in Dublin, Ireland.
At the time, I was hardly a runner, let alone anywhere near to being a marathoner. In fact, the idea of going on a long run sounded rather boring and unappealing. And at the time I also didn’t even know if Dublin had a marathon.
I was studying abroad in London for a semester during my undergraduate program, and a friend and I were spending a weekend in Dublin. As I walked along the banks of the River Liffey one sunny April day, the following thought randomly popped into my head:
“Hmm. I think I shall run a marathon here one day. Yep. It’s settled. One day I’ll do that.”
Luckily for me, there is in fact a Dublin marathon which takes place each fall.
And that, my friends, is how running the Dublin marathon very randomly made its way to my bucket list, literally five years before I even began running at all, and nearly ten years before I ever did my first full marathon.
Today, of course, the fact that running the Dublin Marathon is on my bucket list makes far more sense, but at the time of its joining my bucket list, there was really no good reason for it to be there. It would be like someone who has no affinity for creative writing randomly declaring that writing a fiction novel is on their bucket list. It’s not as though I was an avid recreational runner at the time, and it’s also not as though the Dublin Marathon is some famous premier affair like Boston or London or New York.
All of this is to say that, a month or so ago, I mentioned this random bucket list item to my husband in passing, and he said, “Well, why not do it in 2017?”
So, here we are, now actively planning a holiday to Ireland in late October so that I can mark this bad boy off my bucket list! I’ve been to Ireland twice now, including all around the countryside as well, but my husband has never been, so we’ll get to kill two birds with one stone.
So I am curious, does anyone else out there have something on their bucket list that got there quite randomly?
Until next time,