From now on, when people ask me what I want to do in the future, I’m going to say that I want to live an extraordinary life.
We’ve been so conditioned to think of extraordinary lives as a big picture – a famous actress, the best paid football player, a successful journalist – that we often forget that any big picture is actually made out of small details.
I love traveling. Going to new places and countries and cities only deepens my hunger and thirst for new cultures and destinations, not the opposite. But I don’t get an urge to drop my career and go backpack the world to figure it out – at some point I will miss and long for the comfort of home. Instead, I want to live an extraordinary life where I do get to go to those places as my escape from when I’m itching to get away from home.
It’s a polarized, extremist world. I’ve found that I’m more comfortable in the middle, and that’s okay too.
I want to donate to charities and go do some volunteer work to remind myself of those out there who are less fortunate than me. I want to rescue a senior yorkie and help the local shelter as much as I can, and then I want to go skydiving. I want to drop everything one night and just go look at the stars, and I want to dance for hours until my feet feel like they’re falling off.
I can make my own extraordinary life, and for that, I can’t look at anyone else. I am going to put my pieces of extraordinary in contrast to those pieces that are ordinary and that’s when I will have the complete big picture.