But while I stopped doing, I didn't stop thinking, planning and plotting. I'm the kind of person who's always got a million ideas running around in my head. Some of them come to fruition. Some (perhaps, mercifully), don't.
I came across the sign above at a cafe in Whenuakite towards the end of my trip. It seemed to be shining there like a beacon. Not showing up on a Facebook newsfeed like so many of these kinds of memes we see. Those are too easy to dismiss, in our information-overload day-to-day existence.
No, this little baby was just hanging, innocuously in the corner, perhaps waiting for New Years to roll around and someone to glance up and realize, Yes. Yes, I do have to make it happen, it's not going to happen all by itself.
I've got many things that I would love to achieve this year. I bet you've got some too. So if you have an idea in your head, a career change in mind, a dream travel destination, then get planning and make it happen. Noone's gonna do it for you and I'm sorry to say that you're not getting any younger. Stop wanting, stop wishing, Make it happen!