Thursday, January 23, 2014

You Should Go Do Them...

I really had no intentions of blogging today, save for a giveaway post that I need to get published. I'm at work, my desk is piled high with things to do, and blogging is was way down on the priority list. And then I checked my Bloglovin' feed and the first post was Kym's. She was showing her new desktop background and that background included this quote...
I read it and then I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach... in a good way, if that makes sense. It hit home for me, big time. I was actually thinking about this the other night as I crawled into bed, although not quite as deep. Follow me as I ramble... I was thinking about how I don't have a TV in my bedroom. Actually I have a TV in my bedroom but I've never bothered to hook it up in the 7 years that I've lived in this house. Why? Well, it could be because I fall asleep the very second my head hits the pillow and I don't watch TV much anyways so it's not a big deal. Ok, fine. But then I got looking around at my bedroom and realized that it resembles more of a 19-year old girl than the 34-year old girl woman who actually lives there. I wondered why I didn't have a fancy, put together bedroom like you see on Pinterest instead of clothes that are scattered about and overflowing from my two closets. This house isn't our forever home so in the back of my mind I'm sure I've been figuring that I'd go all out when I buy a new house. But we've been in this house for 7 years... what am I waiting for?! I'm generally not a "wait-er," I'm a "do-er," so that question really bothers me. 

So back to the quote above. There are lots of things that I want to do, things that mostly revolve around traveling. I always figure 'when the kids are grown' mostly for the fact that there will be more time and money to take those adventures. But again... what am I waiting for? 

Life is now, not ten years from now or twenty years from now. There will always be things going on that get in the way if you let them. Traveling and seeing this world is one of those things that's non-negotiable with me... I have to do more of  it. There is so much out there to see and experience and I want to do it all. Sure, money is an obstacle... but I'm not going to let something so minor stand in my way. I need to do these things, take these adventures... and I need to start doing more of them now.

What if, God forbid, we run out of time? What are the things that you haven't done yet that would crush you the most if you ran out of time? It's a scary thought, isn't it? 
In addition to all of my traveling adventures, I'd love to live in different cities. This one isn't one that I can do now, it really is an 'after my kids are grown' thing, but there are a bunch of different cities throughout the U.S. that I want to live in and immerse myself in their culture. I want to take 6 months in each of those cities and do just that. 
Two things I'd love to chat with you about in the comments section... I want to know your 'things'... the things you've maybe been putting off but you can't live without doing them 'someday.' And also, to fuel my travel bug (and help give me even more ideas!), what are your dream vacation spots, different things you want to do in different countries and cultures?

Thank you Kym, for waking me up today with one single picture in your blog post! 
 
 

14 comments:

Samantha @ 24 to 30 said...

This post hits home for me too! I really want to travel more...it's hard to pick one spot because I want to go everywhere, but the number one place in the US I want to visit it NYC!

patricia said...

I have definitely lived the reality of not having the time I thought I had, and I am in the second life. I encourage you to go there and be and do everything you ever wanted. It only seems impossible until you start, and then you will face palm and wonder why it took so long. You def need to experience Portland and Seattle! Both amazing cities with beauty everywhere. Mountains and ocean nearby. =)

Bri said...

Travel the world (not discriminating on this topic - VISIT ALL THE PLACES!); but for me, it's to publish a book. Then another. I really want to put my inhibitions aside, stop biting my nails and say yes more. This post just nailed it on the head.

Angela V. said...

I feel you on the bedroom. If you walked in mine now you'd think a 19 year old lived there too and not an almost 30 year old. Stuff is everywhere. I've been wanting to paint it for awhile but not sure why I'm not doing it. The other is my kitchen which is literally from 1960. I want to redo it and again, don't know what I'm waiting for.

As for travel? Lately I've been dying to go to Denver, CO. Anywhere in Europe is also on my list but especially Greece.

Rachel S said...

We want to have a kid so bad but keep putting it off due to debt but this makes me want to just go ahead and start trying.

Erin LFF said...

I love this post so much. Your post hit home with me as well, and things Jared and I have been talking about a lot lately too. I don't want to ever look back on my life and regret not taking the time to do something I've ALWAYS wanted to. Like you said, there will always be reasons or excuses or things 'in the way' but that doesn't have to be the case. Holy now.... my brain might explode with all the thoughts you put into it today!! :)

Trista said...

I have tons of places I WANT to visit, but someone is a scarredy cat and won't fly. So I guess that one thing I WANT to do, is get over my fear of flying.

Becky said...

I love this sentence.... "Life is Now" Yes it is my friend. I learned the hard way that life can be taken from you in an instant. and I have lived the last five years of my life in denial... But no more! 2014 is OUR year! It is the year we get our shit together. So, if that isn't your forever home. Make it how you want it. I have so many things I need to do around the house, but we are in the same rut. Do we move or do we stay? either way, don't I deserve nice living room carpet? I think I do!!

And you know I have to be traveling. This year we are going to Louisville, KY and more than likely San Diego. Next year is going to be all about Disney. Probably cruise for Spring Break, and Disneyworld in the summer. I love that the kids are now getting to the age that travel is fun again. I want to show them the world!!!

Chrissy said...

Awesome post for a girl, er, woman who wasn't going to blog today. Powerful. My number one thing right now is to work on my relationship with God. I have spent too much time being angry at Him. Shay has been a big help so far.

Nicki said...

Hmmm...That's heavy for a Thursday Erin. Ha! I think I don't really have a what am I waiting for. 2013 I decided was going to be my year and 2014 is looking to be the same thing. I guess make sure I get enough "me" time. It sounds superficial and selfish, but truth be told I was people pleasing like a mofo. I decided I needed to work on my goals and stop working my life away. So that's what I'm doing. You're right life is to short and that's been slammed in my face numerous times over the years this time I'm actually listening. :)

Places: Italy, France, Costa Rica, Figi, Hawaii, NY,
Go back to: Colorado, Florida, California
That's all I got darling.

Andrea said...

I'm a single mom also, my bedroom resembles a storage closet. I'm laughing but its not funny. I'm so tired by the time I get there it doesn't even matter! And traveling same thing. I always next year. And that's on repeat.

Brandy said...

The major "thing" that I (or we) kept slacking on is finshing the basement (aka, where we live). And it's partially because obviously we don't plan to be here forever, but it also doesn't look like we'll be moving out anytime too soon. So, why not make it a functioning apartment while we're here? ya know? So, we're about to dive back into it. Another one is trying out and attempting little goals I want to do. Some are on my 30 before 30. Like write a song. I really want to try writing a song. What's stopping me? Me! Nothing but myself, lack of confidence and all of that jazz. I'm sure there are more, but those are the two that popped up right now.
And traveling, yes! That one is an all the time one. I want to travel so bad. Money is the biggest obstacle, but also I'm scared of flying. lol I've flown once to Denver, but it's been years & I just don't know.
My main places I want to go in the US...(I think)I want to go to Vegas, maybe LA, maybe NY...hmm...Nashville, but I get to go there soon-ish. And I'm a history nerd kind of, so going to a lot of historical place would be fun. Outside of the US main place, hands down, is England/Scotland/Ireland. In that trip, I want to go to London, obviously, but I also want to go to stongehenge and Liverpool (where the Titanic departed from) and then up to Scotland and over to Ireland to see other things. And all the scenery! ughh.. A couple other places that kind of intrigue me would Italy and Paris. Maybe Greece. Egypt would be interesting too, but there are some place, I won't lie, that I'd be scared to go to...I could talk about place I'd like to go all day! lol

Cari said...

as small of a vacation as it seems I want to go to Disney...main reason is because Breanna is so into everything Disney right now and I want to be in that moment when she thinks it is all real

I also want to go to Hawaii!B and I never took a honeymoon so that would be perfect!

BostonGal said...

Singing karaoke at least one time. I am scared sh&@less to do it but would really love to belt one out. My inner me keeps saying "when you are older/skinnier/in a city where you don't care, etc.

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