It’s not about the goal, it’s about the journey.
My bucket list is not complete. As I grow and evolve as a person, I add items. A couple years ago I added one to see all 50 states. Being a 1st generation American, I am proud of my parents decision to live in the U.S. I want to make sure to see all 50 states. I have traveled internationally and have several additional countries on my list including but not limited to Portugal, Japan, and Thailand.
To date, I have been to 24 states. Recently, I’ve made it a priority to take baby steps towards my goal. Every time the kids have a break from school, I take advantage of it and book a trip. I’m not interested in staying in fancy hotels. Low budget works fine for me. I am more interested in seeing the sights, going hiking and enjoying the look on the children’s faces when they see new things.
This past winter break we went to Tennessee. It was a relatively easy trip since we have family near Knoxville. We stayed for 5 days and while there, went on several hikes including Rainbow Falls in the Smokey Mountains, Blue Mountain and and to the Knoxville Zoo. We were blessed with 65–70 degree weather during our trip which added to my enjoyment. I came back refreshed and ready to plan my next domestic trip.
I’m ready to conquer the next state during the kid’s spring breaks. We are deciding between Colorado and New Mexico. I am looking forward to the sightseeing, hiking, memories with my family and the journey towards taking yet another baby step towards a goal on my list.
Seeing all 50 states is just one item on my growing bucket list. If I focused solely on the goal, I’d stress about the amount of trips I have yet to take. Instead, I choose to focus on the journey. This allows me to get excited for my next trip, experience something new and come home refreshed. I am then ready to plan the next one. I’m also excited about achieving another mini milestone.
Another item on my bucket list is obtaining a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’ve been training for two years and am currently a blue belt. With being a full time working mom, I have limited recreational time. I try to make it to Jiu Jitsu class at least twice a week. I sometimes get upset that my teammates can go to class more and will advance quicker than I will.
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Instead of comparing myself to others in my school, I opt to focus on my journey. I’m taking baby steps towards my goal. I’m training when I can and I will one day be a Black Belt, even if it takes me 20 years.
The journey is long, but the goal is in each step. — Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
I’m not perfect. I often get caught up in the end goal and forget about that time needed to get there. Constantly reminding myself that life is about the journey helps keep me positive. It helps me stay grounded and focus on the present. I’m taking baby steps towards my bucket list, and my goals, and one day, I’ll get to the end. Until then, I’m enjoying milestones along the way.