About a month ago I was talking to my mom, dad and sister about starting the European leg of my bucket list adventure. We were reminiscing about old trips when my mom surprised me by interrupting the conversation.

“Danny, what exactly are you looking for?”

Even though it wasn’t the first time I had been asked that, I was still surprised. I cocked my head to the side and began to think. I didn’t have an answer then but about a month later the answer came into focus. I was walking around the streets of Stockholm, Sweden when it hit me.

One of the hidden benefits of pursuing my bucket list has been that it forces me to try out new cultures and ways of being. It puts me in new places and surrounds me with new people. This on-going process has given me a better idea of where I want to eventually end up. It doesn’t make any sense to try to figure out where you want to spend the majority of your life or who you want to spend it with if you don’t first explore the opportunities that are available. So while I don’t know how it all fits together, I do know how I want to end up.

It is as if I have already marked my X and am now just filling in my map.

So mom, what exactly am I looking for?

I am not looking for anything as there is no longer a void I am trying to fill. All I am doing now is filling in my map.


I wrote this while sitting in a cafe in Florence, Italy. I am feeling quite good at the moment. I attribute this to all of you.

I really appreciate all of the support that all of you have given me. It really means a lot to hear your comments and see this blog grow. I wish all of you the best of luck on your own personal journey.