Even in a full life lived many years, most of the world's sights go unseen. There simply is not the time nor money to cover a whole planet of vistas.
The same goes for life experiences. We'd love to be old one day, looking back on a life brimming with substance, all thanks to the fact that are most sought after dreams and desires came to fruition. But so much is out of our control.
Nonetheless, people like to yearn. To name the number one goals in life and the most sought after sights feels like progress, the statement of a goal. It feels like in the naming of the hope, the work toward its achievement begins.
Some Redditors gathered to share their most desired sights and experences.
Alster551 asked, "What's something you want to see before you die?"
"Not that it'll be anytime soon, but I want to see my mother at my wedding. She's lukewarm on me being gay, and has told me it would be 'difficult' for her to support me marrying a man. It's so frustrating."
"I almost wish she could just hate me, instead of deluding herself into thinking I'll change someday."
A Saga's Finale
"There are large train tracks dividing my area of town. It's really tough to cross even for a young, fit, person. There are two middle aged crackheads who are always yelling at each other from across the tracks. Every. Single. Day."
"These guys absolutely hate each other. I really want one of them to get the balls to traverse to the other side and just fight it out already."
"Northern lights for sure" -- Astkm
"I almost said that then backed up because I realized the best ones are when it's the coldest."
"Nope, I will YouTube those lights and be fine with that." -- i_like_sp1ce
Going for the Biggest There Is
"A blue whale. I've seen many humpbacks and orcas, but I'd love to see the largest animal in the world." -- trgreg
"For me, it's an Orca up close." -- PM_me_your_McRibs
"In person whale watching for me. Something about them being so massive and so beautiful brings me to tears just from watching the videos. If I see them in person it will be magical." -- Greigebaby
A Vision of Security
"Six figures in my bank account." -- the_cat_pope
"I have six figures as long as you count the cents as figures." -- Genocide_Fan
"This!!! The freedom and security I have with a bunch of cash in the bank allows for the most sound sleep and peace I have ever experienced. Highly recommended for everyone!" -- catnipkusk
Visualizing the Future
"I want to see my reflection when I'm jacked, with muscles. It's my goal, cos to be frank, I lack self confidence." -- Orc-Wolf
"It's a long, long, long, long road but completely worth it." -- GenericToasterPastry
"Learn to push through discomfort. Discomfort is your friend for now on. Build disciple to take cold showers, they are a great way to get out of your comfort zone pal" -- Mansour897
In All Its Vastness
"The Mohave Desert. Being there by myself or maybe with another person just enjoying the beauty of the desert night. That or a sunrise over the White Sands Desert. Sunrises are much more beautiful in my opinion, the sky is pink, looks painted, and the sun rises."
"That word has some emotions tied to it for me"
A Whole Collection
"So many things! As most people said, the northern lights would be amazing. But Antarctica would be so cool, or Alaska. I got super into Mt Everest last year and just to SEE it would be super cool." -- jar0fstars
"You should go to Everest. Im going next year, just to base camp since I'm no mountaineer but I think it's going to be so cool to see the roof of the world." -- ladysadiemich
The Sight of a Different World
"A world without corruption. A peaceful world where Democracy thrives and people can actually be reasonable and respectful, and be able to have actual constructive discussions and debates about their opinions and how they think the world should be run."
"But I'm guessing this is too utopian."
"My family happy-crying because I'm able to walk/use my hands again. I'm a quadriplegic with Guillain-Barre Syndrome AMSAN variance. This disease is a pain in the arse but being off a ventilator for almost a year and a half makes me more determined every day."
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