I must apologize.
I feel like I’ve done a terrible job of keeping everyone informed about what’s going on in my life. Why? When I write about my life, either I feel like I’m bragging or whining…neither of which I like doing. And, as much as I try to fill every moment of my time with excitement, not every moment is exciting! Actually, most days are pretty routine. I put my pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of the world.
Where I feel like my life diverges from a large portion of people isn’t in how I live my daily life but how I plan for the future. My eyes are always focused on accomplishing the goals I set for myself and making plans for world domination. Creating my list of goals has helped me build a remarkable life, even if once in a while (or more often than not) I’m at home reading a book or doing homework. But just having a list of goals isn’t what makes my life exceptional…lots of people have goals and some of their lists are longer than mine! No, a list isn’t enough. Making plans and taking action is what an amazing life is all about.
And I always have a plan.
As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of making plans for four rather significant trips: Japan, France (Spain, Morocco, Italy, Switzerland), Russia (Belarus), and Ethiopia. Whether these trips come to fruition is not entirely certain but the point is that I’m making plans. I’m doing what I can to make it all happen. Making plans gives me something to look forward to and they give me the extra little push I need to make it through the less-than-extraordinary days with a smile.
Every once in a while I’ll read through my list looking for something I can scratch off. Apparently Erin also looks at my list with the same intentions. This weekend, thanks to an incredible birthday gift, I’ll be going on a hot-air balloon ride (weather permitting, of course). And in November, if everything works out, I’ll be traveling to Taiji, Japan to spend a week doing volunteer work with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, #5 on the list, “Volunteer time with an environmental group”.
I’d like to think I have the ability to convince everyone to write a list of a hundred goals but I know not everyone will. Some people are too cynical to believe in the power of such a list, minimizing it as just a stupid “Bucket List”. This isn’t about creating a list of shit to do before you die, it’s about creating a list that’s meant to guide you and help create a meaningful life, not only for yourself but for others as well.
If writing a list of 100 goals seems daunting, don’t get discouraged. You don’t need to write your list all at once. Carry it around in your pocket for a week or two. When something comes to mind, write it down. I have no doubt that you’ll come up with a hundred goals quicker than you thought possible. There are so many things in this world to see and experience that you might even have a hard time stopping at one hundred!