It’s believed that the ability to contemplate mortality presents a profound difference between humans and other animals.
In adolescent years this survival instinct may mean not racing a bicycle too fast or, hopefully, avoiding irresponsible driving or drugs. Fast forward to middle age and the concerns shift to things like cholesterol, exercise, and diet.
Why this drive to survive? Well, avoiding pain and suffering plays into it, as does the fear of what happens next.
But, I think the biggest draw is not wanting to get caught with no more time and a long list of desires that are unmet. Those desires could be things such as wanting to see a child develop, hoping to fall in love, or simply hoping to see and do more things. Most other goals distill down, becoming the means to reach the previously mentioned goals.
While few of us are likely to enjoy the level of discovery of a Christopher Columbus, we can experience, say, the Galapogos Islands. On a more realistic level, perhaps a night of first-rate jazz at the Berks Jazz Festival can regale you along with the experience of a bed-and-breakfast and a new wine to sample.
The meter starts to run from the moment you’re born and never lets up. Making matters worse, the list of what you’d like to see, do, and accomplish seems to continuously grow. Myself? I’ve been to about 80 countries and 40 states. I’ve seen the ruins of the Roman Forum and other European wonders and sailed the Caribbean countless times. I’ve enjoyed a Vermont wedding in Norman Rockwell’s front yard, hot air ballooning over Napa Valley, and countless trips to the small towns of the Mid-Atlantic.
Many of you have read my travel stories. But my “to-do/to-see” list keeps growing: Machu Picchu, the Egyptian pyramids, the Grand Canyon, windsurfing, overnight port visits on the Chesapeake Bay, a Poconos lakeside summer getaway, four-wheeling, Mount Rushmore. The list is huge, but the wallet and open calendar dates don’t quite match it.
So, what do you do when resources are limited? You maximize what you have to work with, and the best way to do that is through is research and planning. For you, that’s great because Recreation News has tons of stories every month, and updates on our website, Facebook, Twitter, email, and social media every day.
Meanwhile, the research continues to grow my to-do list to record lengths. Have some ideas of your own? Please, share them with us online, on Facebook, and every way you can. We are all in this together. Let’s make the most of it!