This April Fool’s day, Marty decided to post one of those typically outrageous status updates claiming to do something crazy, otherwise unbelievable.
“Exactly one year ago today, we left for Spain with the boys and #webringthekids was born. Today, we leave for Australia and New Zealand for one month and #webringthekids continues.”
No fooling though, we really are bringing the kids on a family vacation down under …for 30 days. One month that will last a lifetime with memories, experiences and unbelievable stories seen through the eyes and boundless imaginations of our 5-year old and 3-year old sons, Landon and Jake.
This trip wasn’t planned. It just happened.
Three months earlier, Marty and I decided to make personal and professional changes to enhance quality of life and focus on our foundation as a couple, as parents and as professionals. Seventeen years after our high school romance began, we were preparing to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and 35th birthdays. Before we could use mid-life crisis as an excuse to do something irrational, we went full millennial and curated a great adventure to celebrate life before we started questioning our lives.
How could we defer adventures to our future or retirement without doing our best to be fully present in the present? And the future? What does the future hold for our generation? This April 1, the real foolishness is in thinking that the future is the time you should start checking off your bucket list. Realistically, we have to recognize that retirement has dim prospects for many and life can interrupt at anytime – cancer, divorce or teenage boys not liking their parents. So we flipped the bucket list idea upside down and started punching our list with this month-long trip to the lands of kangaroos and kiwis.
The traditional bucket list, loaded with dreams of far-away places and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, has boomed with the “boomers.” From where we stand (halfway through a 30-hour travel day!), our bucket list is itemized with MUST dos, not dream to dos. Our millennial urge to live in the present, redefine normal and write our own script has driven us to take this self-serving leap as we think of our future in the short-term. As parents of two young children, retirement is not a destination worth waiting for if we aren’t committed to enjoying the journey along the way. So we’re motivated to seize our future and in doing so, we hope to inspire other families to wrap their arms around life today, with their children and live for tomorrow, rather than wait for it.
Bucket lists, they’re great to have but not if they’re only a catalog of unfulfilled dreams. Like the lists we have at work, it can be more fulfilling when you start checking boxes off along the way!
And dreams, they’re so much better when you dream of what’s been done instead of what’s to come.
Join us on our adventure down under over the next month and get inspired to start punching dreams off your own bucket list so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.