Before this “New Year!” concept is totally stale and January has sprinted right past all of us without warning, I’m looking at the remaining 354 days ahead and wondering what they’ll translate to.
When it’s 1/1/2014 and I think back, what will this year have meant?
What will it have taught me?
What one word will I want to associate with it?
How many times will I have thought, holy crap this year is flying by! ?
Starting with Day 1 – four hours spent driving on the open road (pictured above) – I knew only a few things to be true: I want to listen, travel & say that I’ve had something other than oatmeal for breakfast every day.
I want actions to come from discomfort (not safety) and experiences to be prioritized over everything else.
I want to meet people that teach me things; I want to teach what I know.
I want to do things that scream at me, not things that are mentally associated with should, safe or quiet.
I want to be just a little bit selfish, when it will lead me to experiences, lessons or days where I learn or challenge or do something totally new (to me).
I want to use the clip-in shoes on my bike without the 5-year-old in my head wondering how in the world I’ll stay up (keep.moving!) vs. land on the pavement. If I do land on the pavement, I hope I at least get a scar to show for it.
I want to run in places my feet have never been, not caring how fast or how far.
I want to carry a heavy backpack in a foreign country for at least a day. (I’m pretty sure the rules of adventurous travel read “no rolling suitcases”.)
I want to finish books; I want to meet characters (fictional or non-fictional) that represent the bad-asses of the world.
I want to cook with foods that shock the hell out of my taste-buds (for better or worse). At least they’ve been warned…
I want to do/indulge anything that elicits this reaction: that scares the hell outta me. Maybe not all of them at once, in this year, but at least start making a dent in the long list.
I want to remember this:
What do you want from this week, month, season or year?