“It is better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than to have a long life that is spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts
If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you be doing with your life right now? This video clip made the rounds on Facebook some months back, but it has stuck with me.
If money was no object I know what I would do, I would travel the world – log as many miles as I could and see as much as possible. I would go to the sophisticated places but I would also visit the raw spots, because raw is just another form of beauty. I would make an effort to sink into the places where I land – connect with the people, and invite the culture to inhabit me for a while. If I dug down to my most courageous, throw-caution-to-the-wind self, I would lobby hard to convince Steve and the girls to sell our superfluous stuff and just go, I would yank the kids out of school, circle the globe with them, and let the people and cultures we meet be our teachers (oh, the value of that kind of education!) And I would write about our experiences.
Expansive travel is most definitely my deepest dream. In a job interview years ago (for a lobbying position), I was asked what I would be doing if I could do anything, and as if I had a Tourette’s tic, this answer popped out of my mouth: “oh, I would travel the world and write about it.” As soon as I’d said it, I got the feeling that I wasn’t the only person in the room who wished they were bold enough to follow their bliss because the most interesting, non-lobbying-job-related conversation ensued.
“The more you have traveled, the more you realize how little you have seen.” – Gunther Holtorf
Truer words were never spoken. Gunther’s travel journey thrills and inspires me. If I could make something like this happen, I would jump off of that cliff in a heartbeat and wait to see what color the parachute was that opened when I did. (Thank you to photographer David Lemke who put this fabulous video together.)
I’m pretty sure I know what Stevie-D would do – spend as much time as is humanly possible behind the wheel of a race car, traveling in a toter-home (shipping the whole shebang across oceans when necessary) and putting red push pins into a map to mark each new track that he’s driven.
Since I have this wicked wanderlust and his biggest wish also involves travel, maybe we can work something out so that everyone wins.
If you could follow your bliss, what would that look like? If you already are, my hat is off to you. If you aren’t yet, are you doing anything to move toward making that happen in your life? Tell me, because I would love to hear what dream you hold for yourself in the deepest recess of your desires. Here’s a little background music for you as ponder this question.