Everyone daydreams about the things they long to experience in life. Some people make plans for a handful of them. A rare few even accomplish most or all of what they set out to do.
What sets these accomplished dreamers apart? Well, for one, they took the time to put it down in writing, all their hopes and dreams, wishes and life goals. It sounds too easy, but in fact the simple act of writing something down makes it more real. The continued process of looking at and thinking about these wanted experiences pushes us each to take small steps to making them so.
There is power in the pen. It is, after all, mightier than the sword. If you would like to wring the greatest amount of memorable events from your life, as I do, start with some urgent daydreaming. What would you do if money or time were not an issue? Let go, and just write down all the wild and spectacular yearnings that spring to mind.
Would you win a Nobel Prize? Find a cure for AIDS or Cancer? Become President of your country? Write a blockbuster novel? Sail around the world? Nothing is too big, or too ‘out there’. I’ve been making such lists for upwards of twenty years, and from time to time my list changes; some I have completed (Yea!), others I decide to take off the list, still more I add or tweak.
Here are some items high on my list right now:
1. Speak five (or more) languages fluently. (I’m currently at 1 + .5 + .5)
2. Travel to each of the continents. (4 and counting)
3. Write an inspiring play (or screenplay) which is produced and receives abundant accolades. (ideas are percolating)
4. Donate at least one million dollars to causes close to my heart. (5% in so far)
5. Go skydiving with my daughter or a friend. (in the talking stage)
6. Take my entire family on a cruise to Hawaii. (35 people or so presently- must happen without someone wanting to kill another family member)
7. Live in NYC for a year. (near Central Park, of course)
8. Invent something that makes life easier for millions. (I’m an idea person)
9. Learn to play the piano. (it’s been on my list since I was 7, but I don’t have a piano- yet)
10. Spend a week (or a month) studying with the Dalai Lama. (that would be so cool, and enlightening)
11. Walk on the Great Wall of China. (I have pictures- so awesome)
12. Have pen pals in 10 or more countries (3 sponsored kids in 3 countries currently)
These are some of my most wanted right now. But without the list, I feel sure that I would not be as far along as I am. And this doesn’t even take into account the things I have already completed!
Lists are great tools, sometimes tedious, but always helpful in leading us on the path to completion of the items listed. Why wait? Isn’t today the perfect day to make that list of life experiences you’d like to accomplish? If not now, when?
I’m reminded daily of the great adventures I plan to take. Whenever possible, I take another step in direction of one of them. Before I know it- I can cross it off the list. I feel a great sense of accomplishment, and have a host of memories to ponder or share with others.
It’s another great day in the life of me, a world-renowned dreamer. Better get to it then. See you on the road.