'You've got to do it before ... '

When I talk to people I meet about this trip, there is one phrase they repeat: "You've got to do it before ... "

The before WHAT changes. And I wonder if the "what" part tells you anything about how people view life, expectations and goals.

"... before you settle down."

"... before you get old."

"... before you kick the bucket."

"... before you grow up."

"... before you have kids."

I've heard all of these more than once.  But only once did I simply get: "You've got to do it" without a "before," a qualifier, an indication of what comes next -- the idea that SOMETHING comes next.

"Yeah, you've got to do it," he said. It sounded like an unfinished thought.

Posted on March 5, 2014 .