Book Your Ticket and Live Your Life
I recently experienced an amazing mini vacation with my wife, Alia. We zip-lined high above the pristine deciduous and pine trees of northern New Hampshire, we ate scrumptious fresh Maine lobster while sitting atop a cliff and observing the mothy white ocean waves crash against the rocks a few hundred feet below us. We enjoyed a fresh seafood meal as the sun disappeared into the sea in Rockport, Massachusetts and quietly strolled among the beautiful gingerbread houses on Martha’s Vineyard. Each minute of every day of this trip was a memorable experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives and I planned none of it prior to arriving. The trip literally unfolded as we were experiencing it!
Several months ago I asked Alia if she would accompany me on a business trip to New Hampshire and proposed that we spend a few extra days and tour the New England area. I adore this part of the country and always wanted to take Alia on a long weekend to explore the area together. Thankfully, she agreed and I booked our tickets and a few hotels, but that was it. I was not sure what we would do as we arrived to each location. I merely took the simple action of booking our tickets and had faith that an adventure would unfold as we embarked on our trip. I was right!
Karen, a nice woman we shared breakfast with in New Hampshire, suggested that we head to the Portland Head Light Lighthouse and stop by a local food truck that prepared “the best lobster rolls in all of Maine.” We took her advice and were not disappointed. She also recommended that we head to Menemsha Beach on Martha’s Vineyard to experience the sunset while eating fresh sea food. We did that as well and witnessed the best sunset we ever experienced together.
Mike, a gentleman we shared dinner with recommended that we rent bikes and ride the six miles from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard and stop at the famous “Jaws Bridge” the one filmed in the original Jaws movie. We took his advice and had a lovely ride to Edgartown where we discovered a cute little Italian bistro that served the best New York style pizza.
The entire trip was like this for us. We allowed total strangers and locals to guide us along our adventure as we discovered pleasant surprises around every corner. This trip reminded me about life. Sometimes we just have to “book our tickets”. Whether it’s a new job, starting a family, or jumping into a new relationship. We don’t need to know every detail or how it will end up. We just need to have the faith to take that first step and allow life to unfold.
I’m continually reminded that life will bend in my favor when I start making decisions and moving forward towards my future. Opportunities arise that I didn’t expect and I form relationships that will support me along the way. The bottom line is don’t be afraid to step into your future, even if you’re not quite sure of what to do next. Trust me, it will come to you and be better than you expected. You will often arrive at a totally different destination than you expected, but that’s okay, because it’s probably better than your original plan and way better than where you are now, so what are you waiting for? Are you ready to “book your future” and start living your adventure? Start today and allow life and God to do the rest.