Ulyana tagged me. You know, that bucket list tag that is going around. Three things you must do before you die. I have given this a lot of thought. To the point of putting myself on my death bed and asking myself as I lay dying, "What regrets do I have? What have I not done that I wish I had?" Sure there are a bazillion places I'd like to go (Morocco, Thailand, Zimbabwe to name a few) and many goals I'd like to achieve (Boston), but what would make me feel truly incomplete if I didn't get to do it?
Am I taking this too seriously? Here's my best shot at what I must do before I bite the big one:
1. Meet my grandchildren. No, silly, I do not have existing grandchildren I haven't met because their parents do not feel I am a good influence. I am talking about my future grandchildren who have not yet been conceived. Or at least they better not have been conceived last Saturday night in the backseat of a Prius. But likely it would not be a Prius because those gas pedals stick and my kids would not be stupid enough to get into such a car. Anyway, I am already excited to be at my kids' weddings and to be a huge part of my grand babies' lives. I just hope I live long enough to meet those ShutupandRun offspring once removed.
2. Take my children to Greece and show them where I used to live. This was such an amazing time in my life. It is a dream of mine to show the kids what I experienced. I'd like them to feel what I felt, but that is just the control freak in me talking. Of course the bigger dream is to expose them to life beyond America. To let them know how big the world is and how small our little corner of it is.
Why Greece? Well, I think that is fairly obvious. Besides the fact that I have a personal connection, it is the original marathon and commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. As a runner, you finish at the original Olympic stadium. The course is actually 27.06 miles (WTF??) and 12 miles of it are quite hilly. I hope I'm a stud by then.
Why China? I'm just drawn to the history of the Great Wall. Much of the marathon is actually comprised of steps (hello knee replacement). Plus, my brother is moving (back) to Beijing in 2011, so I will have free lodging and a ride. If you have any doubt how cool this marathon is, check out this video and you too will be sold.
There you have it and I hope it was vastly fascinating.
Here are my taggees. If you've already done it or hate it, disregard.
Drinking: Oregon Chai Tea