I have just returned from a 10 day trip to Israel that can best be described in one word as: AWESOME! This trip wasn’t just a vacation in an attempt to flee from my day to day work as a professional marketer. This was more like a journey to the Holy Land in a quest to explore the origins of religion, to better understand the foundation of a country constantly struggling to maintain its freedom and independence, and to search for my own sense of religious spirituality and well being. While 10 days is a long time for anyone to be away from your day to day work, I quickly realized it’s a very short time to try to absorb all the history, culture and unique experiences that constantly engulfed me throughout my en journey. My wife and I snapped almost 1000 photos of people, places and things that all seemed unique compared to life as we know it in our country. And even with rapid fire photography, it doesn’t really do justice to trying to tell the story of what one experiences when walking the terrain of the holy land of Israel. Sure I could go on and share such things as seeing 2000 year old architectural ruins from the Roman and Byzantine empires, standing on a mountaintop over a bomb shelter in the West Bank and seeing the nearby bordering countries of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, floating in the Dead Sea—the salt ladened lowest point in the earth’s surface, or standing in the walled Old City of Jerusalem and realizing that it’s holier than any other city in Western history and maybe even the world. But all of this only scratches the surface of what one experiences on such an incredible trip. If all of this sounds indescribable…then it just might be. I think it’s a place you just have to experience yourself!
Israel is a place and a life defining experience I had on my “bucket list.” Think about the places you want to go or the things you want to experience in your lifetime. Then think about how many times you’ve said: “One day I’m gonna….”but, unfortunately, the right time never seems to surface. Remember that we’re all only on this earth for a limited time without any guarantees from one day to the next. If you think about your own “bucket list” and plan your important milestones, you too might just turn your dreams to reality.