“Luck is the residue of design.”
― John Milton
I work with kids and am constantly amazed with their ideas and insight. Recently, I assigned a small book group of middle-schoolers to write an multi-paragraph essay (painful I know) giving details, goals and plans about their BIG dream in life. After I gave the assignment, a few of the students looked at me like I had five heads, others looked in pain, and some were ready to share right then. A week later the students shared dreams with the group. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous that we would be hearing the usual clichés: marine biologist or professional sports of every kind. Boy did I underestimate our youth. Just to name a few of the students’ dreams: visit 100 National Parks, travel the continents helping others, own a ranch in Montana, open and chef in a restaurant that serves only healthy food, achieve the occupation of an artist, a stealth bomber jet pilot, horse trainer, and own a farm in Wyoming.
Talk about getting outside, being, doing, working, and enjoying life to the fullest. I left encouraged, energized, and hopeful.
People often create a “Bucket List” of things they want to do before life is over. Backpacker Magazine calls this list a “Life List”. Whatever you call it, the first step is Dreaming BIG, then starts the work, planning. There are books, blogs, check list templates, and motivational speakers readily available to aid in the planning. My life experience has taught me that most of the time –
No Planning Equals No Get Outside.
I like to revisit and revise my “What to Do” list each fall. Fall is a great time to visit your list or start one. Summer is over, the holidays have not hit yet, and change is in the air. I keep my list in Evernote because the list is constantly morphing into new and different things and changing priorities. Many of my biggest or simplest ideas have come from a brief encounter with a stranger on the trail or from a magazine article I glanced at while waiting in a line. If I don’t write it down, most likely the idea will get lost or forgotten.
Readers, I would LOVE to hear your ideas in the comments below, what are your dreams you would you like to experience, accomplish, travel to, and plan? How do you get motivated, organized, and keep track to make your “Life List” come true?
Photos often help me to get the creative juices flowing, here are a few of my favorites to think BIG.