Bucket Lists and Stretching Yourself

Bucket lists. BefFeatured imageore the movie came out, I just thought it was list of things to do. Regardless there’s something said about stretching yourself. If you know me, you’ve probably heard me talk about the Amazing Race. The show’s host Phil Keoghan has a philosophy of No Opportunity Wasted. Same idea – find the opportunity and take it.

My list changes as everyone’s does. I wanted to spend a little time with #1 on my list. I want to be on the Amazing Race. I’ve watched every season. I’ve talked with cast members. I’ve applied 13 times now. I’ve talked to cast members about applying. I love the show and it’s on my bucket list. I love travel, I love adventure. It’s made for me. I would make great television. I would win. Period. Done. The part I want to talk about isn’t so much applying but the reaction to my applying.

When it comes up that I’ve applied for a show (I have added a corollary to getting on the Amazing Race – I’ll take any sort of adventure-type show), I often get the same response. “Wow! I could never do something like that!” I’m floored. Really? I explain that you fill out an application and make a video. Send it in. Done. What’s hard about that? “I don’t know. I still couldn’t do it. What if they called?”

What if they called? That’s what I want! While the Amazing Race didn’t call the Trek, the Mole, and the Moment have. It was crazy to talk with producers, fill out the paperwork, and ponder leaving home to do an adventure. And I guess that may really be the reason why some “couldn’t” apply. Maybe they don’t really want to go. Maybe it’s too far out of their comfort zone. Maybe it’s not what they want. But here’s the key: what is something that’s a stretch that you would say yes to?

About Aaron Hayes

Husband, father, and math teacher (usually in that order). Love sane use of technology in the classroom, great questions, and using time wisely. Current dreams: do some consulting and get on a particular team-based reality show.
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