What are you going to do in 2018 that you’ll never forget?
What are you going to this year that you’ll never forget?
It was a question asked in a Contiki video I watched recently. A bunch of people, young and old, from different backgrounds and ethnicities, were interviewed and asked about a year they’ll always remember.
“1966 – I set sail from Vancouver to Panama, 4,000 miles, but we had no motor, in a tiny little boat”
“1981 – I saw the migration of the animals from the Mara to the Sarangetti”
“2003 – The year I danced in the Rio Carnivale; completely changed my life”
It reminded me of that age-old question: when you’re lying on your deathbed, what is the one thing (or things) you wish you had done differently?”
And it stuck in my head. It’s an important question to think about; something that I think about quite a bit. Maybe even one of the most important you’ll ever be asked.
What’s your answer to that question right now? Are you going to be proud of what you tell your grandchildren? Would you change anything?
Well, it took me five years, but I finally did!
I said adios to one of the most prestigious jobs in finance, handed in my Blackberry, packed up my apartment, and left the city in a U-Haul filled with everything I owned. Three weeks later I was at JFK with a backpack to board a flight to Ireland. The rest is history.
Some of you might think I’m crazy – giving up everything I had. Many of my friends and family still do. I didn’t have a plan; I still don’t have a plan. There was and is so much uncertainty. But looking back now… it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
And let me tell you – I’ve got a few stories to tell my kids.
So, would you rather be chained to your desk with a big bank account, taking a week or two of vacation a year? Or would you rather live your life so that one day you can jump over to the next world without regrets?
What would you choose? 700 horsepower or running with horses in Wales? Skeet shoot or fire a rocket launcher in Cambodia? Chomping on potato chips or munching mopane worms in Tanzania? Dodging loan sharks or white shark cage diving in South Africa?
Now, this isn’t for everyone. And that’s quite alright.
But to everyone who’s always had that idea in the back of their head. Who’s joked about throwing their Blackberry into the Hudson? Or been so overwhelmed with work that they cried in the bathroom. I dare you to Escape. Before you have all those obligations and commitments that will restrict your ability to do so.
What have you always dreamed of doing?
Toss a coin! And you’ll know what you want to do even before it hits the floor. There’s so much to see in this world… there’s so much to do!
I’ve now been to over 30 countries across 4 continents, but my list of “things to do and see” only keeps getting longer!
I want to dance with the Masai in Kenya and eat Egusi in Nigeria, set my eyes upon Macchu Picchu, and go to the edge of Devil’s Pool in Zambia. I want to scuba in the Galapagos Islands and volunteer in Kolkata, get lost in Zanzibar and make friends in Lhasa.
And if you can’t afford to get that far yet, start somewhere close. Get the world’s deepest waterfall off your list, and tag me in your pics of Ruby Falls, Georgia. Love chateaus and castles? Don’t wait for Europe. Gillette Castle in Connecticut looks perfect on Instagram. But don’t take my word for it. Go there yourself!
And once you start – it’s going to be difficult to stop. The yearning to travel and experience other ways of life will hit. You can’t Escape it. Don’t get stuck in the mundane!
Travel and you will learn just how much you have and how much you need to be thankful for! And you will learn how much you don’t know, and how much you love finding out how much you don’t know. And you’ll never stop traveling, ever…
What did you want to do when you were a kid? Go do it now! There’s no time to waste. One day you’ll have to answer that question, and it’s going to sneak up on you sooner, rather than later.