the first step in any great adventure is to make your goal: finding the new world, touching down on the moon, making your first million, winning an oscar, meeting all your facebook friends. that which doesn’t not seem impossible is not worth doing. make that resolution and then tell EVERYONE you know exactly what you’re up to. the modern way to do that is tweet but i am not a twitter, i posted on facebook. which makes sense since my goal was to meet every one of my 325 facebook friends. think about how grand it’s all going to be when you’re a big success!
the second step in any great adventure is to wake up the next morning with a great sense of the “take it backs”. no, you can’t take it back. it felt wonderful thinking about success, but it’s okay to spend a few days huddling up under the covers hoping all your friends and frenemies have forgotten all about this. they haven’t.
the third step is just a baby step. in my case, it was hauling my son eastman (facebook friend number one!) out onto the front porch. we smoked a cigarette together. we talked for a while. i posted a blog. i posted a video. i thought “okay, just 324 to go!” and that’s exactly what you need to do: clip a coupon and put aside a buck fifty for that million, leaf through style magazine and decide on the designer of the gown you’re going to wear on oscar night, or maybe take a tour of the huntsville, alabama rocket museum for inspiration.
the fourth step, take a step just a little more ambitious than the baby step. repeat as necessary.
you’ll have cheerleaders–cling to them. you’ll have doubters–smile because one day they will clap you on the back and say “i always knew you had it in you”. and if you wake up every morning thinking “what the hell am i doing?” well, i just hope that doesn’t happen to you.
but what do i know? wait until december 31, i guess. in the meantime, a rough itinerary:
sunday october 23, leaving for south korea, will arrive at four o’clock in the afternoon on the twenty fourth. hello john chie!!!
monday the twenty fifth leave at eleven o’clock for taiwan to see warner sills.
wednesday the twenty sixth reach manila by nine thirty in the morning to meet mark bitanga del rosario and his family.
thursday october 27 head out for malaysia and after a layover hit mumbai at eight in the evening to see anto prashanth and rahul guru
saturday the twenty ninth fly from mumbai to dubai for a day with cecelia gigiolio
sunday the thirtieth fly into rome to see alessandro cerea and federico cenci
tuesday november first, fly into dusseldorf and take a bus to dortmund to see claudia klose
wednesday november 2 fly into luten which is a suburb of london and over the course of the next six days track down brandon brown, anna brooke and mark jonathan cage before heading home on the ninth!
and then i still have the entire northwestern quadrant (oregon, washington and vancouver) as well as another hit on los angeles and new york. . .
if i finish all this, then i guess i’ll be able to make an even more ambitious goal for next year–if it’s only going to be one, i’ll make it world peace. if i do two resolutions, it’s going to be world peace and one hundred million dollars. if i do three resolutions, sure, that world peace thing, but definitely one hundred million dollars and a house by the sea. four resolutions, and i figure world peace can take care of itself, but i want the one hundred million. . . .