Person 1: "How's it going buddy?"
Person 2: (in a dejected and sarcastically toned voice) "Just living the dream..."
I hear this too often. Why don't we just stop? If you aren't living the life you want to live, living your dream, it is time to change.
The problem is that most of us think we have to work for forty or more years and sock money away to get to the point where we can go live our dreams, some would call it retirement. Somewhere along that journey we lose our youthful ambition and the daydreams we had as children. The simple fact is that almost anything is possible with enough determination and initiative.
What I mean is, I can't walk onto an NFL team as a quarterback (one type of dream), but I can get out of the work-a-day life I have been leading and start living life on my own terms. It won't be easy, and it will take some sacrifice, but what is leading the life you want worth?
Too many people are unhappy, or just content with their lot in life. But they assume that is how it is supposed to be: you work, save your pennies, and then "someday" you'll get to enjoy the things you are truly passionate about.
Part of the reason for writing this blog is to challenge that assumption.
Maybe I am crazy, but I feel there has got to be a better way. There's got to be a better way than driving thirty minutes to work to sit at a desk under fluorescent lights while staring at a computer screen for nine hours only to turn around and drive thirty minutes home eat and watch TV till you fall into a fitful sleep only to repeat tomorrow.
My wife, Trisha, recently broke free of that trend. By renting our house and getting rid of much of our stuff, she was able to quit her job to focus on starting a business for us. It's nothing too fancy, no dot-com start up that will turn us into uber-billionaires, but rather a seasonal concession business that we can hopefully work at for an eventual six month on/six month off schedule.
I'll soon follow her out the door away from corporate America. Our plans now include traveling south by RV for the winter. It would be better if it was by boat, but plans change and we have to re-evaluate our situation and adapt to the challenges at hand. We are sticking with our overarching plan of heading south before winter sets in, and we are still going to be looking for boats, while we journey in our "land-yacht".
I'll leave you with a quote from Bob Bitchin of Lattitude & Attitudes fame:
"Don't dream your life, live your dreams"