For me of course the deadline is a booked vacation since I am in a constant state of “looking” for an adventure. The world map in my office is covered with various colors of dots…red dots are places I have visited, green dots are places I have been but haven’t really visited, generally representing long layovers sometimes even twenty-four hours in an airport! Yellow dots are dream destinations, maybe “someday destinations” “Bucket List trips.” But the blue dots are currently planned and booked trips.
Blue dots are motivators; they make me think about how I am going to look in all of those vacation pictures, especially if it is a tropical bathing suit vacation!!
They are a source of forward thinking. They make me think about organizing my daily life while I am not living a normal daily life. Organizing items like household bill payments, mail delivery, pet care and in my case parental care.
Blue dots also make me consider emergency preparedness and safety. (For more info see Blog dated 8/29/11) What would I have done if I hadn’t left Thailand when I did, just three weeks before the devastating tsunami? Or had been in the blinding sandstorm that occurred in Sydney just a few days before we arrived? Or had been a victim of the massive earthquake that shook China, just days after we left? Would I have had enough of life’s essentials to survive for at least several days?
Having “Blue Dots” also tends to put people in a happier frame of mind, “a vacation,” “time off of work,” time to have fun often with family and friends. Just thinking about it makes us happy, yet statistics verify that most Americans do not use all of their entitled vacation time! That is just crazy… or maybe it causes you to go crazy!!
So generally speaking having a “Blue Dot” or two or three or… in your life is a very good thing!