At only 30 years old, the number of extreme sports achievements Lesley Carter has under her belt is quite impressive.
The travel writer, stay-at-home mom, and former teacher said her love of sports was evident at an early age. She first took an interest in baseball when she was three, played basketball in middle school, high school, and college, and carried those passions into her career. While teaching high school, she kept busy by coaching basketball, volleyball, soccer, and field hockey.
“I was heavily involved in outdoor education and running,” said Carter, who resides in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. “All of this led to wanting to push the limits and test the extremes including skydiving, bungee jumping, base jumping, etc. Once you start pushing the limits, it never stops. It’s addictive and consuming.”
As for the amount of tasks she’s crossed off her bucket list, it’s almost endless.
Carter has been skydiving, bungee jumping, base jumping, paragliding, parasailing, sailing, surfing, boogie boarding, river boarding, rock climbing, rappelling, caving, swimming with whale sharks, beluga whales, dolphins, and manta rays, flying a jet pack, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, race car driving, mountain biking, kayaking, biplane flying, helicopter and fixed wing lessons, trapeze lessons—and it goes on.
Out of these, Carter said her most memorable are flying a biplane, skydiving, and snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii.
As for the high she gets while participating in action sports, “I would assume it’s similar to being on drugs all the time. It’s a high that can’t be reached with regular, daily activities and an addiction that can’t be suppressed. You feel like you are capable of anything; not even the sky is the limit.”
The travel writer has visited 44 countries, including most of Europe, most of the Caribbean, Canada, the US, Mexico, a bit of Africa, Fiji, Hong Kong, UAE, Jordan, and Turkey.
Two years ago, Carter decided to use her passions to help inspire others. Her website, Bucket List Publications, became a way for her to not only track and share her own adventures, but now acts as a forum for others to get involved as well. The website was created by her and her husband, Darren, who is a software architect.
“My husband and I decided that we were going to live every day, making it the best day of our lives,” she explained. “We decided that the more unrealistic we are with our dreams and goals, the more we are able to achieve. Dream completely unrealistic dreams and figure out how to make them a reality.”
The website is full of photos and videos of the couple’s experiences, travel writing, and guest articles, which all work together to inspire readers.
“Following my dreams of traveling and experiencing life to the fullest has taught me that the world is full of endless possibilities. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advanced English, a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education, a Master’s in Literacy, eight years of teaching, and a vast imagination, I decided to put my writing and editing skills to the test,” Carter wrote on the website. “Bucket List Publications is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true.”
As for the future, Carter said she plans to continue living a life that she couldn’t even dream up and to show her daughter the world while continuing to push the limits life offers.
Image courtesy of Lesley Carter/Bucket List Publications