No regrets. Take the chance.
Last night while I lay thinking here, some WHAT IFS crawled inside my ear and pranced and partied all night long and sang their same old WHAT IF song: WHAT IF I’m dumb in school? WHAT IF they’ve closed the swimming pool? WHAT IF I get beat up? WHAT IF there’s poison in my cup? WHAT IF I start to cry? WHAT IF I get sick and die? WHAT IF I flunk that test? WHAT IF green hair grows on my chest? WHAT IF nobody likes me? WHAT IF a bolt of lightning strikes me? WHAT IF I don’t grow talle? WHAT IF my head starts getting smaller? WHAT IF the fish won’t bite? WHAT IF the wind tears up my kite? WHAT IF they start a war? WHAT IF my parents get divorced? WHAT IF the bus is late? WHAT IF my teeth don’t grow in straight? WHAT IF I tear my pants? WHAT IF I never learn to dance? Everything seems well, and then the nighttime WHAT IFS strike again!
–Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
It might be silly, but I believe that if you never put your goals out there, you will never accomplish them. Some are easy, some are more difficult. There are places like London or Los Angeles that I have no desire to visit but that I may eventually reach, a major city is a major city in most cases. I like adventure and want my family to take more adventurous vacations.
- Walk somewhere. I would like to go on a walking adventure. Something like the Trans Pennine Trail in England, the Camino de Satiago in Spain, Pacific Coast Trail in the Western US or the Appalachian Trail out east.
- Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Where the jungle took over and the entire complex was lost for centuries.
“For every traveller who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one which he himself has written.” –Aldous Huxley
“For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.” –John Steinbeck