For my next trip around the sun, if I may be so presumptuous, I’ll try harder to meet the Aurora Borealis on its terms. Maybe finally catch those evasive Northern Lights, I really do need to meet up with them this time around. I’ll travel again to faraway places. Places previously unknown to me that caught my imagination in a travel article or a book. Places that Google street view hasn’t posted online. I know these places are out there, I’ve tried in vain to reach them with a mouse before.
For my next trip around the sun, if good fortune should shine upon me, I’ll rest a hand on the trunk of a Sequoioideae, but first I’ll learn how to spell it without copy and paste. I once spent a week within an hour’s drive of Redwood National Forest and never bothered to go visit. Some excuse about work, I suppose. I don’t recall that mattering in the end anyway. Touching a redwood tree and looking up to the sky would have mattered far more.
For my next trip around the sun, if the stars align and I make the full trip, I’m going to celebrate the graduation of my first born and prepare for the graduation of my second born. The world has changed in ways that seemed fictional not too long ago, and presents challenges that you and your generation will rise up to meet. I hope my generation and my parents generation does the same and you have something to build on. The world isn’t fair, we all know that, but a few generations collaborating on solutions to the world’s problems seems a logical next step. The world is ready for non-violent transformation. Will it begin with now?
For my next trip around the sun, should I be so bold, I’ll strive more. Strive for more meaningful contributions, strive for more engagement in conversation, strive to be more disciplined in the food and drink I take in, strive to be more consistent with the daily habits that make a difference today and for however many trips around the sun you have left. We all know what we should do, how many do it? I strive to do it this time around the sun. You know I’ll write about it, so feel free to poke and prod me should I fall behind.
For my next trip around the sun, if it should come to pass, I’ll savor more. Savor the sounds and sights and smells that make up the moments of the day. Sip a little slower, chew a little more, slow down just enough, look up from the phone and see what’s happening around you. Savor the time passing by instead of grabbing it tighter and watching it escape anyway, like beach sand in a tight fist. Savor the long walks and the long talks and the short moments that catch your breath.
For my next trip around the sun, should the gods look down upon my favorably, I’ll look up more. Look up at the sky to track our progress over the next year. Look up old friends you don’t talk to nearly enough. Look up at the stars and learn to identify them by the way they align with other stars from our unique perspective in the universe. Look out, up and out again as the sun rises, warms the skin and the earth around you and drops down again below the horizon, as we all must do eventually. And so you begin another trip around the sun. Where will it take you?