“Someday, ride elephant!” Bea loves holding a photo of Frank and I riding Mashumbi in Zambia and wishing for a similar adventure. Ever since “someday” entered her vocabulary, Bea wonders about the future: Someday she’ll ride a pony; Someday she’ll go to the park; Someday she’ll go the yogurt shop on a daddy-daughter date; Someday she’ll sleep in a tent and go for a hike.

Riding Mashumbi in Zambia
Riding Mashumbi in Zambia

So much of our lives takes place instantly in the Now. Between toddler-time, the immediacy of social media, and the general urgency of life, I forget to stop and wish for the future. Frank and I used to look through travel books and dream of the places we would visit…someday. We haven’t done that in quite a while. There’s a balance – because someday never actually comes, it can be easy to get stuck in the dreaming phase. Someday turns into new furnaces, preschool tuition, and small getaways that never add up to a big adventure.

I know that this season – of kids and mortgages and small adventures – is precious and passes so quickly. But as I do my best to live in the moment and savor the Now, I want to keep the hope and wonder of Someday alive.

Here are some of the things I want to do Someday:
1. Visit Antarctica
2. Explore Chicago and spend an afternoon at the Art Institute
3. Become an expert in… Something…
4. Go on a polar safari
5. Work with an organization that advocates for a better world

What would you like to do someday?