Stewart tagged me to come up with 5 things I’d really like to do.
The very first thing that popped into my head is a long-held personal ambition and that’s to go heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies. I get a real buzz from skiing even though I only get to do it once in a blue moon and, as I say, if I could only ever have 1 ski holiday again, that would be it.
The rest, stangely enough, needed a bit more thought. I have no particular desires to drive fast cars, jump out of aeroplanes, become an astronaut or drive steam trains. But I would like to see travel more and see particular places.
So, number 2 would be to continue after Canada and head to some of the main sights/sites in the world. I’d love to see the Great Wall in China or the Taj Mahal; Hagia Sophia in Instanbul; the ruins at Ephesus, and so many more. And it goes without saying that my family would be with me (note their absence from the heli-skiing. They can come if they want, but that’s mine).
Number 3 might be playing the guitar. Not in some cheesy youth-worker way or cool pastor manner, but simply for my own pleasure. I have no real excuse. I have the guitar. I have the books. I just don’t have the talent or, at least, the time to sit down and make an effort to learn. Maybe I should make that a personal goal once this stint of uni is finished.
It’s getting more difficult now. Does that mean I have no ambition? Not really but barring the few personal ambitions mentioned my main desires are for others. So there’s the corny ones that Stewart mentioned about seeing family grow up and so on but I suppose if I was pressed it would be to see the rest of family realise some of their ambitions and dreams. After all, they’ve had to put up with a lot from me pursuing my call, so they should have the chance now as well. So that’s number 4.
Coming up with number 5 is more difficult still. The last 4 years or so have seen me rearrange my priorities and reassess what is of value. I’ve not been able to have a new car every few years or buy the latest techno-toys and I’d have to confess that that’s been a bit of a struggle at times (especially the techno-toys) and at times I’ve succumbed to temptation. But overall my focus has shifted to others rather than myself (although that might not always be obvious to those others). The problem is that it doesn’t address the issue of coming up with something I’ve always wanted to do because it’s all too recent.
So maybe I should keep that 5th one open and fill in the blank when I finally get to the place I know is ‘right’ and realise that ‘this’ is what I’ve always wanted to do. Either that or drive a Ferrari. What do you think?