“One day, I am going to…” I hear this often from clients and from people I meet. Everyone seems to have things that they want to do, experience or try but never really have a plan toward achievement. It almost becomes like a wistful dream for them instead of a true possibility, as though the dream is either too big to achieve or that perhaps they are not deserving of such a dream. Either way, it saddens me.
I believe that life must be lived and relished. I know that in order to have adventures, we need to make the money to do them. Yet when we have the time and money, many do not go and do them. It seems as if many don't make a plan that will allow them to do that thing they want to do.
I have friends that will jump on a plane, end up in Thailand and send me photos of riding on an elephant and swimming in crystal blue waters. Others will message me that they jumped out of a plane, swam with giant sea turtles or slept in a tree house surrounded by howler monkeys.
I also know people that talk about the adventures and experiences that they one day wish to accomplish but they don’t have a plan that will lead them towards that dream. I once saw an interview with a woman who was 104 years old; she was the librarian of a small town in Middle America. She loved being the librarian and reading books about far away places. Her dream was to one day see the ocean, but at her age, she was unable to travel to do so. So she filled that desire with books about the seaside.
Not all of the “One day I…” wishes are extreme. They are unique and important to each individual. That is why we think about them and want to do them. So, perhaps if we took the time to actually make a plan of action towards those dreams, they would happen. Then when we look back on our lives, we will know we did everything we could to achieve our dreams and experiences.
For me, I have already begun my journey.