For most of us, we’ve settled into 2017. Maybe we’re so ‘settled’ that the ubiquitous goals to lose weight or organize our homes have already gone by the wayside.
And that’s ok.
Yes, it’s wonderful to have an organized home. But having an alphabetized spice rack isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s great to have goals to get the little things done that make our lives better, and if you get them done, kudos to you. But if you get sidetracked along the way, it’s ok.
But you know what isn’t ok? Letting your life drift by you uneventfully. Letting the important things go undone. Taking for granted the finite time we have above ground and pushing our dreams aside for a variety of reasons (or more likely, excuses).
I wouldn’t characterize my life as adventurous, yet many people disagree and tell me they wish they could do what we’re doing with BAM. This puzzles me, because getting an RV doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. I know BAM wasn’t, and it has a pretty short learning curve when it comes to driving it.
It boils downs to priorities. The trouble is most people don’t realize their priorities are mixed up until it’s too late. We’re all guilty of that.
And that’s sad.
I’m guessing many of you have a bucket list, a list of some crazy and not so crazy things you’d like to do before you take that dirt nap. Now let’s issue a challenge to each other…
STOP THINKING AND START DOING!
Let’s DECIDE we want to live a fun, adventurous life. If we knew the world would end in 12 months, what would we do now? Let’s make the choice and say out loud “I want to live an extraordinary, adventure filled life”.
Like most worthwhile endeavors, it’s easier said than done, but far from impossible. Here’s a few strategies to help you (and me!) turn your dreams into realities:
- Get rid of the ties that bind as much as possible. Is too much debt dragging you down? Maybe you can do without two cars, or perhaps you can downsize. Too drastic for you? How about finding ways to save a little with not much effort? Do you really need that designer bag or $6 coffee every day?
- Write a list of all the things you want to do before you die. Writing them down makes a difference. It’s something tangible and besides, it feels good to cross things off. You can make it a crazy list – no one has to see it but you. Feel free to be a little outrageous. List all the places you want to go, the experiences you want to have, list the things you want to learn how to do. Bungee jump (no thanks!), go on an Alaskan cruise, learn to play chess, everything and anything. Nothing is too insignificant.
- Now here’s where your age comes into play. Approximately how long do you think you’ll live? If you’re 70 and a physically challenging activity is on the list, you may want to make that a priority over learning chess.
- Now, pick something off your list that is remotely feasible to accomplish by the end of this year.
- Just do one thing today that gets you a little bit closer to your goal. Want to buy that RV? Go read up about the different kinds that are out there. Compare used vs. new, motorhome vs. trailer, etc. Want to take a bike tour of Italy? Check out tour companies/Trip Advisor for ideas. The information is out there to get your started. The point is to define what you want/need so you can get to the next step. It’s all about momentum.
- You know those excuses that just popped into your head? Get rid of them. You don’t have any time for a long term vacation this year? Then maybe this is the year to cross ‘learn to knit’ off your list because you can probably do that a little at a time. The point is, there’s something on that list you can do this year.
Like you, I’m just making things up as I go along on this path called life and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I only know in the end, life is about the memories we’ve created, and sitting in my recliner, however much I enjoy it, isn’t gonna cut it and the clock is ticking.
These are the exact words my friend said a few years ago when I told her we were thinking of getting an RV and exploring the country…
Now I invite you to dig deep. Remember the dreams you had as a child? Sometimes our dreams evolve according to our circumstances. Maybe you imagined you would be acting on Broadway, but that’s no longer of interest to you. But I bet you would have a blast volunteering for your local community theatre. Maybe you can snag a part in a play one day! Dreams and goals are meant to progress. WE are meant to progress. It’s ok to let old dreams go. It might hurt a bit. Most endings do. But there’s wonderful and beautiful experiences waiting for you. You just need to be open to them.
Maybe you think if your goals aren’t ‘lofty’, they’re not worth pursuing. But they are. And they’re resting and waiting for you. Like flowers beneath a snow covered field, they’re waiting to be uncovered and to discover there’s still space and light and room for them to grow. They only have to surface their pretty faces to find out, and maybe when they do, they’ll be stronger and better than ever.
In fact, I’m betting on it.
In other news…
I wrote this post a couple of months ago, before we hit the road. Now that we’re down in Venice, I’m thinking I need to start practicing what I preach. We initially thought we’d use BAM to travel the country, but the truth is she’s a little too big and a little too old. We should probably get new tires for her, but spending a few thousand to do that may or may not be a good decision.
So we have to think about where we go from here. Do we buy something more suitable for long term travel, or do we put our money into possibly a seasonal home somewhere in Florida or perhaps the Carolina’s? As much as I’d love to see the country, the islands of Greece are calling my name, as are the rocky cliffs of western Italy. So much to see, so much to do, but since an unlimited budget doesn’t exist, some compromises are in order.
In the meantime, we’re down in the sunshine state thoroughly enjoying the gorgeous weather. Pickleball took a back seat this week as I twisted my ankle on Monday pretty badly, but I’m on the mend. This morning we took an 8 mile bike trip through Englewood near the water with 25 other die hards, then had a late morning breakfast. There’s lots to see and do here, and no excuse to ever be bored.
There is no free internet here, so forgive my infrequent visits. I may also not be able to post every week for our entire stay, but I’ll do my best and of course, there’s always IG. 🙂