Working from home allows me to occasionally hear Greg’s work meetings. More often than not, he’s wearing headphones, but sometimes, when the meeting is more casual, I can hear him talking to coworkers. During team meetings, they play a game called “Three Truths and a Lie.” It’s a way to get to know each other while also having a little insight into each others’ imaginations.
That game got me thinking about my life. Three truths and a lie … hmmm. If I were playing that game, what would my truths be? More importantly, what would I come up with as my lie?
I’ve done some pretty cool things in my life. I learned to play the tenor saxophone on the same sax my dad played in the Sugar Bowl in 1956. I learned to ski in the Alps. I was a sports anchor on the only TV station in Thule, Greenland. Those are all truths.
Exploring the world gives us all some of those amazing “brag-worthy” moments. My World A to Z plan came about because, as I turned 40, I realized there was still a lot I wanted to see and do; there was still a seemingly unlimited list of places I wanted to see; there was – and still is – a reason to keep creating amazing “truths” that many people consider pretty unbelievable.
I’ve snorkeled in the Pacific Ocean off the Galapagos Islands. I’ve parasailed off a cliff in Lima, Peru. I’ve ridden a horse for a week in the Dracula-lore-filled Carpathian Mountains of Romania. I’ve smelled the powerful stench of leather being tanned in the Medina in Fez, Morocco.
I’ve watched the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. I’ve paddled a canoe into a pitch black cave in Belize and ridden on a horse to Mayan ruins deep in the jungle. I’ve soaked in a hot tub filled with beer, hops and barley in Prague.
I’ve toasted friends in the oldest pub in Dublin and sipped scotch at a distillery outside Edinburgh. I’ve watched the sunset over the Duomo in Florence from the Piazza Michelangelo.
There are so many great adventures out there I am anxious to add to my list. I want to wake up to the water lapping against the stilts of my overwater bungalow in the South Pacific. I want to experience a tropical storm falling on the ruins of Angkor Wat. I want to hear a lion roar as it defeats its prey on the African veldt.
I want to ride a horse-drawn troika through the snow in St. Petersburg. I want to ride across the Pampas of Argentina. I want to see a penguin waddling across the ice of Antarctica. For now my bucket list items are my lies, but I’ll have to come up with new lies to play the game in the future.
What are your hopes? Where do you want to go? What adventures do you seek? Everything is just a dream away. Before you can make it happen, you have to dream it … then figure out what you’re willing to do to make your dream come true.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Dream an adventure no one will believe – then make it happen!
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