A little over a year ago I decided to compile my list of event/experiences that I wanted to do during my lifetime. I named it my “Purposeful Life List“. Since then I’ve added things as I’ve thought of them but I’ve only managed to strike off a small amount. I’ve watched many people go on to complete many things they say they wanted to do. One, for instance, was my friend Trish Blackwell when she took the opportunity to ride an elephant and explained to the world on her podcast (awesome podcast, check it out) how joy in life is so important.
I took inventory of what I’ve been doing lately and I’m not too thrilled on what I’m seeing. So it’s time for a change.
I’m not one to maintain a steady activity in something when I can’t see a driving end result. What I mean by that is when I go out and run/walk I know it’ll improve my health and that if I maintain it I’ll be better off. However, as bad as this sounds, it just doesn’t do it for me. The goal doesn’t click. After reading a great article on Nerd Fitness this morning on “Struggling to Start” I came across a post that will go onto my Purposeful Life List and I will start working on TODAY.
I will Walk to Mordor (1779 miles). Anyone, who knows me, knows I love fantasy and science fiction and I’m a gamer at heart. Setting a goal where I can not only gamify the results, but I can also tie into a love I’ve had since childhood will make for a more lasting and visible goal for me.
I’ve learned recently that when trying to do something over and over, like losing weight or exercising more, if you are continually failing at maintaining then approach it from another way. We do this process throughout life, why not do it here as well. If a road is closed we find another way. If traffic is bad we find another way. If the tab breaks off the top of a can, we find another way to open it, and so on. Does it always work? No, however you will usually try again. If your normal approach fails, try another. If that doesn’t work, try another. I’ve tried and stopped more than I can count, but I’ve gotten further each time I’ve tried something else. When you find something that works, stick with it. If it peters out, try again.
So starting today I will be taking my first steps in the 458mile trek from Bag End (The Shire) to Rivendell
If I take one more step, it will be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.