This story starts with a film, moves to you, then to a mind-blowing point and then back to you. Feel free to share it with those who could use it 😉
There is a certain scene in just about every movie involving trains.
The train is hurtling down the tracks at breakneck speed. There is a bridge ahead—a huge, terrifying structure! And beyond….look! The tunnel is blocked! Or it’s on fire! Or there’s an avalanche. Or there is a huge beast from another planet!
Our hero points to a small ribbon of river far below, beneath the bridge and shouts above the noise of the wind: “Look! Up ahead! It’s our only hope! JUUUUMMMP!”
And so, timing it perfectly, all major characters jump, hurtling through the air and landing safely. Sometimes a few minor characters hit the rocks just to prove how dangerous it is…oh well.
So, it’s not as exciting or dangerous, but it IS important to realize that you and I are also hurtling through our lives, the scenery whizzing past in a blur. With each turn, new danger and opportunities show themselves and the little kid inside us wants to get involved.
“Hey, cool! The Olympic Games! JUUUMMP!” But it was 1972, and I was a kid and I was uncoordinated, so I stayed on the train.
“Hey, cool! Backpacking across Europe! JUUUMMMPP!” But I was 21 and broke and trying to figure out want I wanted to do with my life, so I stayed on the train.
“Hey, cool! A job opportunity in Alaska! JUUUUMMMP!” But I was 26 and newly married and had responsibilities at home, so I stayed on the train.
And the train kept going. And eventually the little kid stopped pestering me about the Olympics because I got too old and he stopped pestering me about Europe because I was in the 18-year- long Tunnel of Parenthood where there’s no getting off. The miles passed and the landscape rolled by in a blur. Truthfully, there were plenty of opportunities to jump, but other people on the train seemed happy enough sitting and watching the scenery flash by.
The Mind-Blowing Point
I have been a celebrant at about 600 funerals and I visit with a lot of people planning their funerals or attending someone else’s.
And the saddest sentence I hear is this: I wish I would have…”
I hear the longing and regret and then the sigh that means it’s too late.
If you hear that enough, over and over, you can’t help looking at your own life. That’s why I started I Like That Story. I started it for people like you and me.
I realized I that I wanted to be an author, but had never jumped. I didn’t want that regret, so I wrote a book, and then another and another and another.
Then I started the media platform I Like That Story, speaking to groups of people, broadcasting on radio, TV, podcasting, newsletters, workshops, on-line courses and stage shows.
And because I see now just how fast the train is going for all of us, I’m going to jump again and take you with me this time.
I’m going on a road trip.
On this road trip, Libby and I will travel over 5,000 miles in 30 days on the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66. I’ll travel, not by train, but in a 30-year-old Mazda Miata convertible that my dad bought brand new when he was my age. I’ll talk to TV stations, radio stations, newspapers and I’ll post on Facebook Live. I’ll find stories along the way from Amarillo, Texas to Missoula, Montana; from Tillamook, Oregon to Keokuk, Iowa. I will share these stories with you and talk about my book (a guy’s got to make a little money).
But really, the whole point of this trip is about you. I want you think about this question while you still have time to think about it, while you still have that little kid inside you—and while there is still some track left.
What is left for you to do to live a life of no regrets? See you on the road!
Follow along on my I Like That Story™ Road Trip! 5,000 miles, 30 book stores, radio stations and speaking engagements through 16 states, and the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66 ! And in my dad’s 1991 Mazda Miata convertible #tripofalifetime!
I will post daily on Facebook, with pictures, videos and interviews. Join the fun and like my “I Like That Story” Facebook page 😊