At a family gathering this past weekend, my family members and I are standing around a campfire. It’s starting to reach the early morning hours now, and we seem to have exhausted all the stories and jokes we can think of. So my uncle asks, “If time and money were no issue, how would you be spending your time?”
We all pondered for a few minutes, and clarified the exactness of his question, mostly to stall. It is a very difficult question to answer because so few of us actually ever think about this. However, when we really think about it, those goals are certainly attainable. My father announced that he would really enjoy working with his hands, woodworking. Although I knew he had done a bit of this around high school, and had seen a couple of tables that he had made, I never wood have (couldn’t help it) expected him to answer this. What amazed me, and still does, is how easy this would be for him to experience. It made me wonder why everyone doesn’t go ahead and simply pursue their dreams.
After we went around the circle, I announced I would either want to be out in space, or on the Appalachian Trail. And I had nearly the same reaction to myself: Why aren’t I already there? So the main focus of the next year of life will be to actually get on the trail. This is the most important thing in my life, though many people will try to discourage me along the way, and it will be easy to imagine that other things are more important. I have to keep in mind that this is more important than any other thing, and do it!
I encourage all of you to figure out what it is that you honestly should be doing with your life and figure out how to do it as soon as you can.