What's on your bucket list? Do you desire to jump out of a plane and skydive? What about floating in a hot air balloon, or walking across a glacier? Your bucket list may include all of the wild adventures that you have planned to do, but what about the unexpected adventures you never saw coming? The unexpected adventures of life offer us the opportunity to expand our horizons and remove limitations around the idea of what is fun.
Our next guest on the Auntie Hour, Linda Buckley, never thought running 26.2 mile marathons would ever be on her bucket list. She also never considered that marathons would take her to places like Bermuda or Alaska. After many conversations with her friend, she opened her mind to other possibilities of fun. She found she really enjoyed the challenge of a marathon. Her ultimate lesson was that she learned more things about her own body and how movement made it feel.
Linda's newfound perspective as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author became more urgent after helping chronically ill patients navigate the hardships of healthcare. She knew that if they could incorporate more movement into their diet of health, their lives would improve. Linda practiced her own philosophy of words matter from her chapter "Words Matter." She implemented more positive self-talk messages throughout her training for each half marathon and other smaller races like the annual Peachtree Road Race.
Linda's unexpected adventures have helped to shape her lives and those lives who aim for a better quality of life.
Upon birth, our identities are formed. Our parents decide who we will grow up to be and set in motion all of the activities that would support that mission. Our set in stone identity not only influences our behavior and our choices, but unknowingly sets our boundaries imposing and bending its will. It becomes very difficult to change who we have been and leave behind who others know us to be.
Reinvention of oneself can be the hardest climb one could imagine when the starting point lay within the realm of the unknown and untravelled. What does it mean to start over? What does it mean not to know yourself? How does one wipe the slate clean and find solace that the light at the end of the tunnel can grow beyond belief?
Many of us deem it nearly impossible to sit still, and literally imagine a new life of redemption despite all of the trouble our humanness has created. Auntie Hour’s guest, Sandra Grace talks about her journey of one direction which changed with one decision. She used her mind to begin her long climb to escape her past to see a flicker of light that gleaned hope which helped to re-shape her self-talk and limiting beliefs to re-discover, re-image and reinvent herself.