What I’d Do If I Could Do It All Again

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I’m just gonna preface this whole entry by saying that if any project ever includes the word “Extreme”  you are not expected or obligated to participate, it’s entirely if you want to, if you don’t want to cause your body is fragile or your stomach doesn’t approve of such things, then by all means just watch some YouTube videos of other people getting their extreme on and live vicariously and you lose no points with me.  However if you DO decide to participate sharing pictures or video with the rest of us wins all the points in the world.  So.  If there’s anyone keeping track of points, weigh your options.

That said, the popular New Year’s resolution of the day is to try an extreme sport.  If you’ve never heard of such a thing, extreme sports are physical activities that have a high level of danger of some kind.  In order to qualify as an extreme sport the activity has to both pose a considerable risk of physical harm and require significant skill and expertise to execute it properly.  There may be high speed, extreme height or depth, massive levels of physical exertion, harsh environmental factors, and there is usually very specialized gear.  Despite the competitive implications of the word “sport”, extreme sports are mostly solo activities.  Extreme sports are largely practiced by young people, but are definitely not anything you’d encounter at a school.

What qualifies as an extreme sport is debatable and some people have higher standards than others. However, if you’re among those who has resolved to try an extreme sport, or you’re just going to follow through on the alternative daily project of checking out some videos of other people performing extreme sports, examples can include:

  • Air Racing
  • Auto Racing
  • BMX Racing
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canyoning
  • Cave Diving
  • Equestrianism
  • Flowriding
  • Freediving
  • Freeflying
  • Freerunning
  • Freeskiing
  • Freestyle Scootering
  • Gliding
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hardcourt Bike Polo
  • Ice Climbing
  • Ice Canoeing
  • Ice Jumping
  • Kiteboarding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Landsailing
  • Land Windsurfing
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Motocross
  • Motorcycle Racing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Mountaineering
  • Offshore Powerboat Racing
  • Parachuting
  • Paragliding
  • Parkour
  • Powerbocking
  • Psicobloc
  • Rallying
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sandboarding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Skimboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Slacklining
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowskating
  • Street Luge
  • Surfing
  • Truck Racing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Waterskiing
  • Waveskiing
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Wingsuit Flying

There are probably more than a couple of these I would never try, but I’ve always said I won’t ask y’all to do anything I’m not willing to do myself.  I’ve also always said whatever takes me out of the world will not be water. I trust water implicitly.  So while I can’t afford to make it happen myself, if enough people want to see it happen to fund it, I’m willing to go Whitewater Kayaking.  Colorado’s Whitewater Rafting/Kayaking season runs May-September with the fastest running whitewater happening in May and June.  So that gives us a timeframe on fundraising.  If y’all wanna see the extremist of the extreme then try to have me funded earlier rather than later.

I think I’ve decided on a package that would have me kayaking from Durango, Colorado on the Animas River and would be hoping to make it happen in June.  I’m waiting for them to get back to me on specifics regarding some fees and rentals, so my GoFundMe goal is a ballpark based on what I do know and includes the price of the Kayaking (without knowing the specifics of fees and rentals) as well as transportation to Durango, and camera equipment to capture the event cause otherwise y’all get nothing out of it.  GoFundMe does charge fees, so  if you want to help with any camera equipment directly to capture the experience I’ve added some necessities to our Amazon Wishlist.  Otherwise our GoFundMe Campaign can be found (and shared) here.

So. When it comes down to making this one happen, the only advice I can give you is what I just did myself.  Choose an extreme sport that appeals to you (and in my case is local to make financing more feasible), start reading up about what it consists of, google places that offer whatever you need to make it happen, which in my case is a river, a kayak, a shuttle to get me back to my car, and a guide cause I dunno where the hell I’d end up on this river if I were to navigate it successfully.  Then contact those places to nail down details of pricing, availability, seasonal restrictions, or any other questions you may have.

Apart from thrill-seeking, today’s little list of tasks is:

Lotion up!  Your whole body. Give your skin some love. Pay attention to those dry ankles and knees and elbows and feet, but don’t neglect the rest of you either. We get dry in winter, and our skin really is grateful for the moisture any time of year.

Clean your Coffee Table and End Tables. These get their own day both because they are clutter catchers on top, and because a lot of modern coffee tables do that hingey thing where the top raises and there’s storage space underneath and I dunno what all y’all have crammed in there.  So.  Endust anything that needs it, windex any glass, polish any wood, and by all means de-clutter and organize.  Get everything either put away, recycled, donated, or tossed out.  Tabletops should be visible.

Do some Yoga for Relaxation. 

1st Month, 250lbs, Reclined Cobbler’s Pose

Again there are a million ways to accomplish this whether you go to an in-person Yoga class, pop in a Yoga video, or follow along with an instructional YouTube video on Yoga.  It’s all up to you.  Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes, take your contacts out, watches and jewelry off, have and blankets or bolsters nearby in case you need them, start on your mat, and let yourself relax!

Listen to a guided meditation or a subliminal audio track for achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.

That’s it for today 🙂  If you find an awesome extreme sport video in your living vicariously don’t hesitate to share it with us, otherwise I shall see you on Facebook shortly for the Question of the Day!

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Live Like You Were Dying
Album: Live Like You Were Dying
(May I just add that $4.70 for this CD is insane?  I bought it when it was much newer and much more expensive and still thoroughly enjoy it all these years later.)

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3 Replies to “What I’d Do If I Could Do It All Again”

  1. I just have to say I’m a big fan of this guided meditation. She successfully tunes me out on my own brain to where it autopilots on what she’s telling it to do and I don’t even notice till something snaps my attention back into focus and then when she says something about going back into your body I’m all “oh, I didn’t notice I left it, but you’re right, let’s fix that.”
    Stormy is a big fan too. Lays on my torso through almost the whole thing kneading my thighs and flicking my nose with her tail. Lir prefers when it’s over and I’m present enough to pet him, so they switch places.

    1. Yes! It’s soo nice to let go and let my body totally relax. Btw, I keep rereading this list and just can’t pick anything. I am a confirmed low-risk taking person. I might do whitewater crafting with a very fit person guiding the raft. I would help. But that’s my limit if even being able to imagine. I know that President Bush jumped out of a plane at 90 but that really doesn’t appeal to me. I feel alive and don’t need to face death to feel great. Hats off to those who like that type of challenge. Not saying they shouldn’t. I am just not interested in speed. I prefer kayaking to speeding across the lake.

      1. 🙂 that is okay! Like I said I don’t expect anyone to feel obligated to participate in anything with the word extreme in it, I don’t want anyone hurting themselves. Though I do think it would be cool if people picked what they would do if they were invincible and shared an awesome video of it, but that’s just me. White water rafting is on my bucket list, and I decided kayaking is pretty close and I feel comfortable with water and really prefer to be in control than to have to trust someone else. No one will let you hardshell kayak unless you already have extensive white water kayaking experience so it’s all inflatable kayaks or “duckies”, which took me a while to come around to but after I did enough reading I’ve deciding I’m good with them. My discomfort mostly comes from not liking the kayaks that put you above the water instead of in it, but maybe I’m big enough to weigh it down some 🙂

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