“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Today, roughly thirteen million refugees struggle to fulfill their basic needs each day. In one version of my life, I will help bring shelter and water to refugees in Kosovo and Tanzania. Each morning I will wake up and go to work knowing that I am helping families who have lost everything start their lives over again.

One hundred years after Johannes Brahms's death, his passion and sorrow survive in his Piano Quartet #3 in C Minor. For two centuries, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in C Minor has led audiences to rejoice. In another version of my life, I will improve access to the performing arts, so people who have never before entered a concert hall can experience music, dance and drama.

I want to find spirituality and to feel alive. In the Joshua Tree, I want to feel the harsh desert silence and walk off into the sand in any direction I choose. In Alaska, I want to breathe air that tastes like chilled water.

I want to show my family and friends how lucky I feel to have them beside me, and to share my love and appreciation.

I hope to find the time to just stop – frequently – during this adventure. That way, I can look back at the steps I've taken and walk some paths again. I can also look forward and relish the promise of the dizzying journeys that lie ahead.

— Lee Koffler