This weekend for the first time in my entire 30 years of existence I saw a live elephant! I may have arguably been the most excited person at Tierpark even above all the kids. Well, maybe not the most excited. Pet dogs seemed to be having a field day and this little fellow to the right (silvery marmoset) may have trumped us all.
Never the less, seeing a live elephant along with all the other wonderful animals with childlike eyes was priceless and has now been crossed of my list of 30 new things to experience in the year of 30...Done and done!
But at the core, seeing an elephant is not really what I celebrate. It is my complete openness of admitting that up until this past Saturday I have I’ve never witnessed the majestic glide of an 11,000 pound ivory tusked Elephant. I've also never experienced the foul smell of a lions den, the warm an innocent glimpse of a donkey’s eyes, the thick and silky fur of a black panther as it is hit by the sunlight or the beauty and grandeur of a giraffe. The celebration also lies in the removal of shame that I once felt for not doing a list of things that I believed that I should have done compared to others. Finally the celebration lies in the realization that with each new morning, brings with it a day that I’ve never lived before and endless possibilities and opportunities to do something new. I really was crazy to be so hung up on doing things before 30. Besides, no matter what I do there will be things that I won’t be able to experience in my lifetime. Jack Kornfield explains this idea of the never ending list of things to do. However, if all goes well, I have at least another 80 years to be young ;).
So shifting my attention to the experiences that I have had makes more sense. And guess what? I saw an elephant! I’ve fulfilled yet another dream and have removed a regret. The more things I remove from my regret list the better I feel. Chances are, we all have a list of things we'd like to do hidden somewhere. So dust it off and just start doing it - one thing at a time. What worked for me was to start with the small things (like seeing an elephant) to help build momentum. So as the quote says "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." So I encourage you to go out and turn just one small regret into an experience come true and keep seeing the world with fresh eyes...And feel free to tell me bout it below! #livingfully @ 30!