I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a Warren Miller quote, and how it applies to what I want to create in the next stage of life. The quote, one of his most famous, is as follows:
If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.
In the pondering and writing out of ideas I’d like to explore and goals to set for myself, I discovered that there are a LOT of things I want to do, places to see, and environments to experience. And that’s just in western North America. I came to the realization that I seek experience, to learn and understand and grow from it in this larger experience that is my life.
I started over, beginning a list of what I would like to experience in the following year. I follow two calendars—one with the new year on January 1 and another with the new year on my birthday (not January 1). Writing out ideas, no matter how cheap or expensive, how near or far, how much education or training I would need to have the experience was a valuable exercise for future planning.
I’m not a person that’s had a strong attachment to a profession. Instead, I’ve followed my interests along some winding paths; some led forward, others dead-ended. They’ve all got me to where I needed to be. I’ve been fortunate to travel, work in some spectacular locations, and meet amazing and inspirational people in all different walks of life.
I’m trying out a new idea as I plan for the future. While I will be setting time-constrained goals—performing 24 consecutive pull-ups, running a trail half-marathon and making yoga a daily practice again—I am also going to focus on experiences. What is it that I desire to experience, what emotions do I wish to feel, how do I want to be in the world?
My first thoughts are that I want to help uplift others that are in need, and support friends in their business endeavors. I’m here to help heal people and the planet, in whatever ways I can. I want to teach and model respect for nature, and how to live in harmony with our world. I want to teach the power that we all have access to, with which we can create our dreams, and also the power of nature to help us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. I’ve learned healing modalities (BodyTalk™, Reiki), first aid (WFR) and have a professional driver’s license so I can take people on excursions to find the quiet places in nature to reconnect and re-create themselves. What’s next is a question of tying my interests together. The common theme is that I want to help people have a better experience in life, and in so doing, be kind, compassionate and live a healthy, balanced life.
The last part, living a healthy, balanced life is where I need to focus now. It’s been a crazy past few months and I need an energy boost. To that end, I’m heading out to where the energy speaks to me; where the land is alive; where the ghosts of times gone by are still in the air. I know it will be an experience… what will happen, who I’ll meet, where I’ll go remain to be seen. I have some definite goals of people and places to see, and I’m approaching the rest with curiosity. I’m sure it will be another adventure!
What is it that you wish to experience? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.