Gather round young whippersnappers. In the old days, Disney theme parks used to sell paper tickets for rides throughout the Magic Kingdom. When I was eleven years old, I remember my parents buying a pack for each of us, with tickets marked A through E. The E-tickets were for something really awesome like Space Mountain. A-tickets got you something lame like a Steamboat Willie cartoon on Main Street.
Yes, the E-tickets were precious and I wanted to use them wisely… but here was the quandary. Do you use your E-tickets first and enjoy life to its utmost RIGHT NOW, or do you delay gratification and save them for later… using the A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s to work your way up to the big finale?
I decided to ration my fun. I remember the lines being really long for the best E rides, and I thought I would just wait until later in the day to work them in. We did the Autopia, Mad Hatter Teacups and other fun mid-tier rides, but Space Mountain and the Matterhorn were going to be the headliners later on.
Well, to make a short story shorter, we almost ran out of time to do those awesome roller coasters. Luckily we worked them both in by nightfall, but I remember almost going home with an unused E-ticket! What a shame that would have been!
How are you doing with the opportunities to really live your life? Are you saving up to have fun later, or jumping on the coaster right now and throwing your hands in the air? I’ve chosen to do more personal E-ticket items (climbing, racing, speaking, writing) in the past three years than in the previous ten.
It’s good to pace yourself in your life. It’s also good to give yourself in the service of others. But do you want to get to the end of your journey with E-tickets still in your hand? That would be a shame.