I have a wall of cork in my closet. It's my "Memory Board". It's different from a vision board because it holds things I want to remember, things I want to hold close. And since I see the Memory Board on a daily basis, things that make me smile.
There are post cards that I mailed to myself from a favorite destination on the board, as well as tickets into shows or attractions. There are pictures of people and places. There are train passes and boarding passes. A mini book my daughter wrote me. my ticket into Angkor Wat. Anything that invokes a positive memory can make it up on the board. Sometimes I take things off the board and spend time with it and the memory. I laugh. I cry. I remember. I put it back on the board.
But there is one thing on the board that I value most: My Mom's Passport. It's my MVP (Most Valuable Possession). I look at it often and admire her stamps. It doesn't have very many stamps in it because my Mom passed away before she could make all of her travel dreams come true - and that's what makes it so valuable. It serves as a constant reminder that NOW is the time. Time To Go. Time To Do. Time To Be.
It reminds me that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. That I can't wait until (the kids are gone, the condo is paid off, retirement) to go to (Angkor Wat, the Colosseum, Greece). It reminds me that time is the most precious thing I have. My Mom's Passport is my Passport to live my dreams. What are you waiting for? #TravelOften