As we get older it’s all to easy to become a ‘When We.’ But we also have to focus on the ‘We shall” as we get older. I’m excited to say that ‘We’, as in ‘He and Me’, are soon embarking on a Borneo Adventure 🙂
When we are 50 and older don’t you find that it becomes standard to often casually mention to our children , “When we did this,” or “When we did that?” Or we might mention that life was easier or better back then in ‘the old days’.
And of course there’s nothing I love more than finding time on a Sunday to sit with an old photograph album and page through our family memories!
So young – so long ago!
But it’s becoming more and more apparent to me that to find our way in the world as we get older, and not to lose touch with what’s going on, we have to look ahead, look to the future and embrace all that’s new, no matter how old we are.
It’s also good for our confidence.
Looking back might help us understand the past and induce nice feelings of nostalgia, but we need to grab hold of today with both hands, shake it up and move forward to learn new things and make new memories.
It’s easy to sink into comfort zones. Think, oh that’s how things were always done, so why not just do the same now?
In fact we binge watched a Netflix series, “Marcella” in front of a log fire on Sunday eating Liquorice Allsorts with little remorse – very comfortable!
But comfort zones can become prisons.
We can’t just stay still, even though staying still is comfortable, like sitting in a field of daisies with a lovely picnic on a summer’s day, whereas moving onwards in life is like picnicking but being stung by an ant!
As we get older sometimes our paths become less clear. Our careers are possibly ending, our children have flown from the nest. The path ahead looks windier and less travelled, and we don’t have a map.
It’s often quite daunting.
I guess to keep the engine stoked at times like this you still need excitement and passion in your life … physical and mental.
Gotta love life. Gotta get out there and keep living it.
The chap who wrote the book The Last Lecture was a Disney Imagineer. Just imagine. What a lovely job … to be an artist, a writer or an engineer who gets sent to theme parks, or watches the Disney channel constantly to come up with new ideas for the Disney brand.
Didn’t Disney himself say, “If you can dream it, you can do it?” I think so.
I’ve been dreaming our next adventure, and now it’s taking shape.
We’re off on a Borneo adventure soon – WaHay – can’t wait!
We’re travelling with Borneo Ethical Adventures and Sarawak Tourism to Sabah and Sarawak where we’ll not only get to discover some of the amazing sights of Borneo, and attend a jazz festival in the jungle, but also get involved with local communities through tourism empowerment projects.
I also can’t wait to visit an Orang-Utan sanctuary, journey to the beautiful Bako National Park on a boat ride through a stilted water village, go river kayaking, and visit Deer and Lang Cave (home to three million bats) where we’ll witness a bat exodus which was a stand-out scene in David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series.
Exciting – a bit daunting – mind stretching – incredible!
From jungle yoga, to cooking with culture and hiking trails – you might like to check out the special Tours for Women with Borneo Ethical.
Lonely Planet Video
Are you still dreaming new adventures as you get older?
In the comments why not share with us ….
- Where you’d love to travel to this year?
- What nice thing you will do for yourself today?
- What helpful thing will you do for someone else, or your community this week?