I was talking with a friend the other day about how we get so busy sometimes with work or for family that we can forget to make time for ourselves. We can easily make time for the small pleasures: a coffee and croissant at Provence in Hillsboro Village, a foreign language film at the Belcourt Theatre. But what about the big items on the "Things To Do Before I Die" list?
Mine is probably a bit odd, but it suits my quiet relationship with the world quite well. I'd like to take a month (maybe two), and ride the rails across America. One ticket, my camera and my notebook by my side, and a lot of stops along the way. I'd research all of the planned stops and take the time to get to know the towns. I've spent many an evening looking at various AmTrak routes and envisioning myself with a window seat, watching my America as the steel train made its way across so much history. I'd be a regular Peter Jenkins, just with a lot less walking.
Plan B is to get a job as a flight attendant and move about the country from a somewhat higher vantage point. At least plan B comes with uninterrupted pay and health insurance benefits. The resume is in. Now I'm just waiting for that call.
What's on your list?