Thank You, Dr. Seuss

From an early age, we're conditioned to be inspired and to follow our dreams. Remembering Dr. Seuss's wise lessons, I can't help but wonder, are we still continuing to do that now? I am so bothered when I hear of people "settling" for their current situation, when they are clearly unhappy. It reminds me of a quote I once heard, by George Bernard, that really stuck with me, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."

People often write "Bucket Lists" to keep a tally of all of the things they

haven't

done yet. But it just dawned on me...why not make a bucket list of things you

have

done? And, I don't just mean a r

ésumé -- there's more than that

. It is a concrete way to look at all you have accomplished. No matter how big or small, you have a lot to be proud of.

Last night, I had an unforgettable conversation with a striking 96, soon-to-be 97 year-young woman. She is the most agile, put-together, jubilant woman I have ever met. This incredible woman is 

Millie's

 older sister. They are two peas in a pod. Her wisdom, literally, brought me to tears. She has seen so much in her lifetime and still tells me, "Chels, I've got all of my marbles in here" (she continues to think my name is Chelsea, but I will never correct her). She even let me in on her secret, "You've got to keep your mind going. Keep thinking, keep exploring, keep learning...or you'll lose it." I took a deep breath and hope every letter of her enlightening words stick with me until/if I make it to her age (fingers crossed).

To sum this up, I want to acknowledge that it is vital to be reflective on the past, yet continue to be hopeful for the future. It keeps you balanced. So far, my posts have generally been on past adventures that I have been undeniably fortunate to have experienced. This time, though, I am going to focus on the places I dream of traveling to and hope to explore one day.

My absolute #1 dream destination (used to be #2 to Australia).

I swear I liked it before the movie came out.

{

Madagascar

}

Several of my friends have climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest.

One day, I hope I can follow in their footsteps. Pun intended :)

{

Nepal

}

With luck in the next few years, Rio de Janeiro will be a reality. FIFA 2014 World Cup, get ready!

{

Brazil

}

The blue lagoons and geothermal spas completely fascinate me. Silky smooth skin, eh?

{

Iceland

}

If

Ann Curry

can climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, so can I!

Plus, I've always wanted to hit up Zanzibar, too.

{

Tanzania

}

After my best friend, Emily, studied abroad in Vienna,

I learned that it is the #1 city with the "

Best Quality of Life

."

It is in the perfect location: Alps within arms grasp. Perpetual beauty.

Looks like I know where I'll be "settling" in the future.

{

Austria

}

When I went to Australia and New Zealand back in High School, I always wondered what the nearby, rolling waves of Fiji would be like (especially when I'm drinking the water from it's mountains).

{

Fiji

}

There is something magical and majestic about the Greek Isles. Life just seems perfect and pure there.

{

Greece

}

Ever since I saw the video "

Where the Hell is Matt?

" (He's been

EVERYWHERE

!), I was enthralled by this rock in Kjeragbolten.

{

Norway

}

The wildlife, volcanic activity and surreal scenery. Duh.

{

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

}

This list of ten places was in no way, shape or form easy to narrow down. I wish I had Carmen Sandiego's job. Oh wait, maybe I will one day. I can make it happen, right?

Love and Laughter, Kelsey

P.S. If you want another bite of our Human Planet: check

this

 Apollonian piece out.