“If you could do anything in the world right now, what would you do?”
We’ve all been asked that question before, right? Or some variation of it, anyway. “If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?” “What’s your dream job?”
I always feel a bit silly answering those questions because my dreams seem less serious than some of my friend’s answers. But dreams don’t have to be serious, right? Dreams don’t have to fit into a set of rules. They don’t have to be realistic or obtainable. They don’t have to make sense to anyone other than you. I also feel like I need to hold my dreams close to my chest because not everyone will understand them. I get protective of my dreams. If someone chuckles or tells me they’re silly, it hurts my heart a little because dreams aren’t silly. So when someone asks me what I’d do if I won a million dollars, I usually laugh and give a smartass answer because there’s no risk involved. I don’t have to share my dream and risk someone telling me it’s ridiculous.
I’ve decided that’s just not good enough anymore. I need to throw my dreams out into the world and see where they stick. So here it goes…
I have two pretty big dreams for myself and my family (other than the standard “everyone is happy and healthy”.) The first involves travel and adventure while the second involves a legacy we could leave for future generations.
My first dream is to purchase an RV and take a year off of work and pull my kids out of school for one year and travel the country, visiting as close to as many of the lower 48 as possible. I want to do it while the kids are still young. Before we have to worry about SAT’s and boyfriends, driving tests and college applications. While they’re still young enough to want to be with us every day.
It’s a romantic idea, but one I’ve held close to my heart for a long time. Days on the road, exploring new towns, hiking National Parks, nights by the campfire, and plenty of our typical fights in close quarters. Today, I found the perfect vintage RV on Craigslist. It’s a steal for the year and model, but it needs a ton of work. I started browsing Pinterest for vintage trailer makeovers and Pinned like crazy. Reality tells me we have bills and debts to pay and work obligations that will keep this dream from coming to fruition as quickly as I’d like, but I’m going to keep dreaming about it (and stalking Craigslist like a madwoman for more deals.)
My second dream is slightly crazier. If you ask me where I’d see myself twenty years from now, this is what I’d tell you: I see us living in Small Town America, not too far outside a major city. I’d own a small roadside motel (think Bates Motel without the murder and psychopathic owner) and a drive-in theater. Remember the drive-in from the movie Twister? That. Minus the twister. I want it to be a place my kids might want to own one day. A place where we’ll show classic films and new releases. Where we’ll have milkshakes, burgers, and fries at the snack stand. A place where you can pull off the highway after a long day of traveling and find a comfortable bed. It’s hard enough to sustain a drive-in theater these days, let alone a small motel and drive-in, but I’d be willing to give it a shot. I’d probably also need to win the lottery in order for this dream to come true, but since when do dreams need to be financially feasible?
While we may never see either of these dreams come to fruition, I’m always thankful to have them. Dreams are what keep me motivated. They keep me inspired and looking forward to whatever adventures may be in store for our future, even if they don’t involve a year off and a drive-in.
And in the meantime, I’ll keep Pinning the heck out of trailer renovations and texting my husband new Craigslist listings.
What would you be doing if you could do anything right now?