Do you keep a travel list? I do. Some people keep a book list of books they want to read. I keep a list of destinations I want to visit. For example, Montana is on my list. And with that is a list of places to see and things to do in Montana that sound interesting. I don’t exert myself over these secondary lists but every now and then, there will be an article about a destination on my list that prompts my curiosity and I jot it down. Sometimes the secondary lists have such fun ideas that a destination moves up on my travel list. I check the State Department travel warnings before planning a trip and those can move a destination’s place on the list as well. Having a list doesn’t limit my options but helps me avoid having to recreate the wheel each time I set back and consider where I want to go and what I want to see and do. I believe my lists actually help me set the wheels in motion to get to where I want to go. Looking back, nothing seems to have stayed on my list for too long. I usually have about four domestic destinations and four foreign destinations on my list at any one time. When I was younger, I would say to myself, I’ll go on that one domestic trip and that one foreign trip this year. After some major surgery a decade ago, I realized good health is a fortunate happenstance. Now I don’t ration myself. If I want to go and I can, I will. Just in case I get run over by a bus tomorrow.
“Whatever your dreams are, take them very very seriously.” – Barbara Sher
“We all have two choices; we can make a living or we can design a life.”— Jim Rohn
“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Unknown
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln
“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be realistic, cross that person off your invitation list.”— John Eliot