I’m sure this seems like a dah statement but how many times do we just go through the motions of life? There have been several times where I have said “We need to go on vacation more.” or “We should…..” Why do we do this to ourselves and why do we make empty promises to ourselves. We say things like when we have more time, money, energy, or when the kids are older but still we don’t always do it!
Adam and I recently went on a trip to San Francisco. We had tried to go in the past and it didn’t work out. Childcare can be difficult. There have been trips we made plans for and then couldn’t go because childcare fell through. One thing we realized while on the trip was how much we enjoy spending time with one another and how little we get to do it! In the past 2-3 years we have taken 3 trips and really it’s only been partly because something pushed us to. We went to Disney a couple years ago because we got offered a deal we couldn’t refuse and then just made it work. We went to Florida and Sea World last year in order to attend a conference for a company I work for but it made it easier that we could deduct most of the trip on our taxes because it was for business! The trip to San Francisco was something I earned though work and we were able to add on a couple extra days for fun! BUT why didn’t we do it before. It was because it wasn’t a priority and we didn’t make a plan to make it happen.
As we reflected on our trip and life we started to realize that wonderful things don’t just “happen” to fall in people’s laps. People work hard and make their life what they want it to be. We all have different priorities and really travel had never been one of ours but things change.
So what can you do?
- Sit down with your spouse and make a list, DREAM, of all the things you want to do or places you want to go. You bet there is an app for that. https://www.bucketlist.org
- Pick 1-3 you want to do THIS YEAR
- Make a plan and make it happen!
Don’t get down on yourself if you don’t get it done. It’s ok. Life happens but start to think about living life and not just letting it happen to you!