While out with friends on New Year’s Eve, talk eventually turned to 2016 resolutions.
“I don’t really have any resolutions this year,” I told them. “I guess I just want to make it through in one piece.”
“That’s it?!” one friend’s boyfriend asked. “Your goal is to survive?!”
“Well did you hear what I’m doing this year!?” I countered.
But he had, and in case you haven’t, here’s the plan: Starting in mid-February, I’ll be taking this show on the road.
My first stop is in South Africa, followed by Madagascar, Israel, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. Plus a little safari through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe… and a quick skip over to Jordan.
Or, at least, that’s what’s booked as of today. All told, I plan to spend 10 or 11 months working my way through that itinerary.
And I say “plan,” because there’s part of me, however small, that realizes this trip won’t be all photo ops and postcards. It’s not easy to live out of a suitcase for the better part of a year, which is why I already gave myself the option of ending earlier should I decide that I want to.
I guess that means that even my one goal – “to just make it through” – isn’t all that firm.
So, at the advice of my friends, I reconsidered my 2016 resolutions. Here are ten things I’ll do this year… besides make it through.