Follow Your Dreams
The quickest way to grow old is to stop having things to look forward to, to dream of doing, to plan. Mark Twain said, Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things 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. I don't know the percentages in each direction, but I do know I'm a lot happier after I take that first step and realize one of my dreams. There's a satisfaction that reading about it and looking at pictures of it just don't provide. Did you always want to take a trip to the Grand Canyon but never quite got around to it? Then, go! Take a plane, train, or automobile, but go! Planes, trains, and automobiles all go to the Grand Canyon. You can fly into Flagstaff, Arizona, or take Amtrak's Southwest Chief to Williams, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon Railway up to the canyon. Have your automobile serviced and hit the road! Is money short? If you're still in good health, why not work your way to your destination? For decades, young people have been working their way across this country, Europe, and beyond as they found themselves. We can, too! Do you wish you'd finished college? Then, go back to school. The days are long past when seniors are too old to sit in a classroom. Besides that, with online (or distance) learning, you can take at least a portion of your curriculum without setting foot in a classroom. Poke around online and see who is offering what you want to study. Many, if not most, universities today offer distance learning. By the way, Mark Twain did throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in [his] sails. He caught a sailing ship to Hawaii in May 1866, and spent four weeks touring and writing about the Islands. The publisher of the San Francisco Union newspaper published twenty-five of his letters. Today, those letters have been compiled into a book by the University of Hawaii Press. It is entitled Mark Twain: Letters from Hawaii. Look it up. It's a fascinating read, showing us life in 19th century Hawaii. But don’t be content to read the book. Go there and follow in Mark Twain’s footsteps. The contrast between what he saw in the 19th century and what you will see in the 21st century is astounding! Copyright (c) 2020, Virginia Tolles. All rights reserved.