MASON CITY, Iowa - The plan was put in place years ago.
“We decided years ago that life was too short. We've had some deaths in the families, young people passing away and we decided at one time we're not going to sit around and wait (for things) to happen, we're going to make it happen,” Diane Arndt said.
Diane Arndt and Nancy Lunde have a unique bond. The two, along with three other women, consider themselves best friends. Their kids all attended school in the same district and they got to know each other at sporting activities, but now that the kids are grown up, they're doing what they've always wanted to do as a team.
“What better way to do it then with your best friends and people who encourage you? All of the thing we've done have all been outside our comfort zone and it’s really hard to say, 'no, I can't' when you have friends behind you saying, 'oh, yes you can,' ” Lunde said.
First on their list was a 5K.
“It was really cool, it was really neat we encouraged each other didn't think we could do it,” Arndt said.
It’s their most recent item on their bucket list that's gaining national attention - learning to surf. They applied to be on a popular TV show and they were given two days to learn to surf. Now they’re showing the world why having a bucket list either alone or as a team is worth it.
“We adopted the mantra 'sure, why not.' Let’s do it and we just decided that's how we're going to live our lives. Tomorrow is not guaranteed,” Arndt said.
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