Bucket List - Chicago Basin
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Today's Spark Coach assignment had me visualizing 3 things on my Bucket List. It asked which I would go for right now if all things were possible. Well, the problem is I have already completed my Bucket List (the most important being moving to where I live now.) I have always been a dreamer and a goal setter, but it has been difficult the last few years because we seem to have been in survival mode. In addition, I really have been working on being available to do what God wants me to do at a moments notice rather than following my own selfish ambitions.
That said, I decided to journal a small Bucket List. The item I chose to visualize is being able to hike to Chicago Basin. It is an overnight hike from the cabin my family bought when I was 15, and I always hoped I'd get in good enough shape to do it someday.
Well, my mom tells the story of getting partway up that trail and something going out in her hip that made it very difficult to get home. She knew nothing would ever be the same again and, in fact, has subsequently had two hip replacements. She was younger than I am now.
This summer, after doing some Geocaching, I started having some trouble with my hips and I felt like I had waited too long and I'd never make it to the basin either. Well, since my journey back to good health began, I have been exercising my core (some) and stretching and massaging my IT bands to keep my hips from sliding around in the sockets so much. Turns out, most of my pain is actually IT band related. I also have hope to get to a reasonable weight for hiking, reasonable stamina to make it up at high altitude, and energy to stay motivated. All I can say is THANK YOU LORD for the HOPE you put in our hearts.
I am training for a 5K in April, but I think I'll start hiking in the beautiful mountains right outside my own front door with my husband TODAY if it isn't too cold. Maybe I'll make it to the basin this summer, maybe it won't be until next summer, but at least I feel good that the opportunity will be there if I work towards it!
What's the next item on YOUR Bucket List?