Thankful for opportunities -- make the most of them

June 14, 2012 

We're grateful for opportunities. And today, your assignment is to mark something off your bucket list.

You have one, right? That list of things you want to do before you die. Sometimes just making the list is enough to help you clarify your priorities.

But today is a perfect day to mark something off, or at the very least take a step toward being able to mark something off.

Life is full of uncertainty and opportunity. Enjoy them both.

Coming down to Earth

Ang Dorjee Sherpa strikes us a man who understands a bucket list -- and he undoubtedly helps many people mark some major milestones off of their own lists.

He lives in Richland but also works as a world-renowned mountain climbing guide. He's reached the summit of Mount Everest 16 times.

Doing that just once is an accomplishment few of us can imagine.

So what does the man who has climbed above the sky want to do with his life? Well, this summer his to-do list is: Spend time with his kids and catch up on yardwork. Talk about being grounded.

90 years of working out

We got a little bit of a peek into what might be on Ermine Thomas' bucket list when her exercise class helped her celebrate her 90th birthday. Again, family comes out on top. In Thomas' case, she also is focused on self-sufficiency and service.

Strength can refer to physical, mental or emotional fortitude. The people we admire most manage to combine all three. These attributes should find their way onto all of our bucket lists.

And, Ermine, Happy 90th.

Down and dirty

People tend to put the outlandish on their bucket lists. Things like jumping out of airplanes and climbing into volcanoes. So if you missed this year's Tough Rhino Mud Run, maybe that can be on your list for next year.

Organizer Brandon Lott brought this form of "extreme" racing to the Mid-Columbia for the first time this year. And he got about a thousand people wanting to compete.

That's a thousand people who paid money to wallow in mud holes, shimmy up walls and basically challenge their limits.

Sure, it sounds crazy.

We expect next year's event to attract at least twice as many takers.

On a Twitter hunt

When you draw up your own bucket list, it would be wise to include some not-so-outlandish things as well. For example, maybe you want to connect with old friends or make some new ones.

We are interested in one Hanford High graduate who is making a documentary by traveling 8,000 miles in 28 days to meet each of her Twitter followers.

Like most adventures, Erin Faulk's quest begins with unanswered questions.

"What is it about online reviews and recommendations that encourages us to trust the opinions of someone we've never met? How many degrees of separation before we start to doubt the credibility of these people? And, if we met these people in real life, would we even like them?" she asks.

Good questions, Erin. We'll be interested in seeing what you discover.

In the meantime: Hug someone close to you, write a note to someone you want to reconnect with and get going on the bucket list.

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