“The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.”–Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days (1872)
80 days. Eighty days is also 1,920 hours, or 11 weeks and 3 days, or 115,200 minutes, or 6,912,000 seconds. It’s a good chunk of time, but without paying attention, 80 days fly by in a blur. There is something quite romantic to me about this time frame, maybe because of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days. With constant connection and airplanes, it takes much less to get around the world than it did in Verne’s time. However, we are very often firmly planted in our spaces, our own lives. That can be a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can feel like a bit of a rut.
While I definitely have a big case of wanderlust, I am hunkering down, but I am not digging ruts or spinning in place. I am inspired and energized and feel passionate. I want to take advantage of that inspiration and energy and passion and funnel it into some long-held dreams that I feel on the cusp of reaching. Those dreams include:
1. Running my first marathon.
2. Finish writing a book of short stories (whether or not it gets published is another story).
3. Losing the last of the weight in my year-long adventure in getting back to health and into shape.
However, I also realize I am wonderful at wasting time and at procrastinating. In 80 days, it will be May 17, 2015 and the date of my first marathon. My plan is to reach all three of those goals by that date. So, I am going to cut out a few distractions. I will be mostly fasting from Facebook and Twitter. I will continue to be in touch with friends via phone calling and texting and personal messaging, but on a more limited basis (those long distance friendships I have renewed are too important to lose). I will keep entries to the blog, as I love the writing and feel it helps me to exercise the writing muscle.
What goals or dreams do you have? Do you have any that you could accomplish or realize? What would it take to help you get there? Cheers to those thoughts and directions and actions.
May 17, 2015, here we come. 80 days, 3 goals, now is the time to do the work. In eighty days, I will emerge, dreaming and doing.
From dreaming to doing, here I go.