So why aren’t you living on a boat and seeing the world?
Ok, maybe that’s not your dream. That’s ok; if everyone was looking to live aboard and cruise the world, it’d get awfully crowded out there, and what fun would that be?
But assuming you HAVE a dream of what your ideal life would be (or at least a better life than you have now), what’s stopping you from living it? What’s the gate you’re hoping someone will leave open?
There are many possibilities, of course. Right off hand I can think of several: Money, job, money, children, grand children, money, health, money, aging parents… You get the idea. And guess which one has been the biggest issue for me? If you guessed “money”, give yourself a gold star!
But there are ways to make it work, which largely seem to come down to deciding it’s actually something you’re going to DO, rather than something you’re only going to dream about doing. It’s amazing to me how many folks like to say “someday I’ll…”, without any intention of actually making “someday” happen.
But worse are the ones who dismiss our decision to sacrifice pretty much every shred of classic “stability” to follow our dream with “Must be nice!” – as if we had a rich uncle who’s sending us off on our little adventure and it isn’t costing us a thing.
So yes, there are obstacles. You can call them reasons or excuses; the difference is your attitude, not the obstacle itself. If you want to live on a boat or climb a mountain or walk the Camino, make up your mind to do that, and then start picking away at the obstacles that present themselves as you move toward your goal. But start doing it now.
You know how to eat an elephant, right?
One bite at a time.