We all have options. Regardless of our circumstances. Doors to be opened. And now more than ever is the time to knock on those doors – or use the keys we have to let ourselves in.
Speaking for myself – though I’m sure many of you feel the same – I’m at such a unique juncture in my life, and for the very first time I feel like I have an ample supply of "keys" to open certain doors.
At this stage of the game, I have the keys of youth, vitality, curiosity, and conviction. As an empty nester, I have the key to more time. Now I need to cut a few more keys, like determination and tenacity, and find the doors that I want to open: my options.
This is where I need to stretch my mind and think about all the possibilities – all the doors I would love to walk through.
Here’s my short list. Mind you, this is not a bucket list. I know I can’t do all of them, but it’s satisfying to know there are choices – some more realistic than others.
Road trip in a Winnebago or take a train across the country or just travel in general – everywhereKnit another sweater (the last one I knitted took me 30 years – but that’s another story for another time)Volunteer – reading to children and/or holding babiesWork in a classroom setting on a college campus (especially at University of Oregon)Learn photographyWork on a ranch (just finished watching Godless – so good!)Take Becoming to the next levelWatch all of the movies that have won the Academy Award for best pictureWork as a bartenderWrite a screenplayTake voice lessonsBe on Kathie Lee and Hoda (ha!)Get a graphic design degreeWork out dailyTake college literature coursesWork at Yellowstone National Park or Grand Canyon (I love national parks)
So this week I urge you to create your list. Figure out what doors you want to open and what keys you’re going to need to open them.
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