‘This Door is Alarmed’ was nominated for this challenge by The Britchy One. Her site is a comical whirlwind; if you read a just one sentence, you will find yourself helplessly riding a tide of giggles and tremendous wit to her last word. I recommend checking her out.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days. (I am going to redesign ‘consecutive’ to mean ‘when you are able’ for my purposes.)
- Nominate three bloggers for each post.
I believe this quote may be a twist on the motivational words of Gold Medallist Jim Craig, ‘Don’t let your memories be bigger than your dreams.’
“Don’t let your dreams outnumber your memories.”
This quote changed my outlook, and reorganised my priorities. I first time I saw it was 2012 on my first ever trip to the USA. Two of us had been touring in a bright purple graffiti-covered camper we fondly named Nimbo. With Nimbo we had lived it large with locals in trailer parks, stepped the stars of Hollywood, and played the cards in Vegas. We had passed ghost towns and desert plains and driven quad bikes across sand dunes. We camped alongside free-roaming Elk in Grand canyon NP, observed bison and bears and all manner of wildlife in Yellowstone and… yeah, you get the idea. It was wonderful; crisp honest nature spliced with the temperamental hustle and bustle and bright city lights. It had been one of the best months of my life.
Just days from boarding the big metal bird back home, I saw the quote.
It was cheerfully painted on the bumper of a black bus-style camper, bobbing about as it gleefully bounced along the highway towards Los Angeles. We followed it for hundreds of miles and I must have read the words a hundred times.
The quote spoke to me of travels, of loved ones, of passions, and of the importance of making memories. Some say it is the things you don’t do that you regret more than you do; having memories is precious, having experiences—good and bad—is a recipe for a rich and worthwhile life. Life is for living, in whichever style you most like or are able; don’t put off your dreams until it is too late to accomplish them.