Growing up, one of my favorite shows was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, hosted by Marlin Perkins. I watched it religiously every week with my dad and always dreamed of “some day” going on a safari to see the Great Migration of the wildebeest and zebra in Africa.
A few years back that childhood dream came true. My husband and I spent a week at the Pronini Camps in Maasai Mara. It was an experience that changed my life by lighting a fire inside me and renewing my sense for adventure. I remember promising myself that some day I will do all those things I have always dreamed of.
Shortly after returning from Africa my mother passed unexpectedly, and I was confronted with the unpleasant realization that our time on Earth is not something to take for granted. Every day is a some day. Today is some day … and so is tomorrow. It’s just not known how many of them we have left.
I decided I needed to make some lifestyle changes and start crossing off those bucket list items! Maybe it was all part of the grieving process, but for motivation I booked a five-day rafting trip though the Grand Canyon which concluded with a ten-mile hike out from Phantom Ranch to the Canyon’s South Rim. It was just the inspiration I needed. Over the next several months I exercised regularly, changed the way I ate, and read everything I could about health and nutrition. I felt stronger and very determined, so much so that I also decided to challenge myself to hiking all 48 of the 4000-foot Mountains in New Hampshire.
Today I’m happy to report that the rafting trip was a huge success and the Grand Canyon is bigger and more beautiful than anything I’ve ever seen. I have conquered six of the 48 mountains, including Mt Washington which is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.
Life is too short not to do the things that make your soul happy. Own your happiness, whatever that may be and keep the fire burning …