We just bought tickets to Element 11, a regional Burning Man event in Utah that we’ve wanted to attend for the past three years. I had a bit of buyer’s remorse a little while later. We are in the middle of a couple of major life transitions. Money is tight. Suze Orman would be wagging a very stern finger at us.
Yet it came to me last night, as I was washing some dishes, that we were finally going to participate in Element 11. If we didn’t go this year, would we go next year or the next? Not sure.
Everything fell into place to go this year, despite all the obstacles we’re dealing with. And, just as I was scrubbing some ground turkey from a skillet, one of my favorite phrases popped into my head:
If not now, when?
I needed to hear myself think that. You’ve probably heard this motivational shove before. If you don’t call your mother now, when will you? If you don’t ask for a date now, when will you?
So, if you don’t travel now…when will you?
Life gets in the way of the best laid plans. And finding the budget for travel can seem like the search for Eldorado. But if you’ve been dreaming for years of a trip, and think about it sitting in your cubicle or laying in bed at night, and know — deep down — that it would be a life changing experience, it might be time to ask yourself, “What am I really waiting for?”