When I was a 20-year-old college student, I made a list. No one called them “bucket lists” back then, but I jotted down a few goals that I wanted to achieve and places I wanted to go. Many were realized—working on a dude ranch, backpacking through Europe, skydiving—but just as many were not. I still haven’t learned to play the guitar, and the novel I started didn’t make it through chapter one. But the list served its purpose because it got me thinking about what I wanted out of life.
In this issue, we take a deep dive into all of the ways people are finding fulfillment through travel, hobbies, and the causes they care about most deeply. You’ll meet Suzie Kim, who never met a bucket list item she was afraid to tackle; Wendy Green, who started a business to help people achieve their goals in their “boomer” years; and Mike Chibbaro, who wrote the book on Upstate baseball history.
Summer is a great time to hit the road, and we’ve included a few off-the-beaten-path ideas: take in the history of Richmond, Virginia; explore unique finds at Marquee in Asheville; or step into the French Broad with us as we tackle fly fishing, a recent addition to my ever-expanding list.
And that’s the beauty of it. No matter how many items you check off, there are always more adventures to add, waiting just over the horizon.
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