Did you ever read Highlights as a kid? You know, that fun magazine with the word searches, adventures, and the “what doesn’t belong” game? And the treasure hunts! …I always wanted to go on one. Oh, how I miss those times. Not just because of the magazine…no, there’s much more that I miss. I miss waking up in the summer at any given time, not knowing what the day will hold. I miss having sleepovers; jumping on the trampoline and playing in the sprinkler; games of hide & go seek and the freedom to be carefree. Most of all, I miss truly believing that one day, I could do anything I wanted.
Being a kid always seemed so hard then, but looking back, I now see that those were some of the easiest times of my life. I actually had summers. Now I spend my summers cooped up in a too-cold office whilst sipping endless cups of coffee, waiting for the clock to strike five.
It makes me wonder – will it be this way from now on? Am I destined to end up like I’m “supposed” to – working in corporate America, doing the 9 to 5 routine, living for the weekend. Now don’t get me wrong; I enjoy my life, and my job is much appreciated, but in the end, will any of this matter? Will I look back one day and think “Boy, I’m glad I climbed that corporate ladder until I was old enough to retire” or will I say “Man, I should have done (blank) while I had the chance!” The answer seems quite obvious.
These lingering questions have inspired me to look into some opportunities. There are endless options out there for people who want to see the world and contribute something. All you have to do…is DO IT. So, what am I waiting for? What are we waiting for? Maybe we should open our Highlights again and let it inspire us.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain