We all believe we should live a certain way. But I’m curious… are these really your deepest desires for life? And if so, are you actually living the life you want to live or just dreaming about it?
It seems that all too often many of us fall victim to making one of two grave mistakes or both:
Mistake 1: We believe we should only live the way we were told or taught to live. We are too quick to follow in the footsteps of our parents, grandparents, preachers, teachers, and peers. Society in general has become obsessed with meeting the status quo, climbing the corporate ladder, keeping up with the latest trends, buying the newest gadgets and living the American Dream. But is the American Dream really your dream?
Mistake 2: We believe we should live one way, but the harsh demands of life force us to live another. We settle. We compromise. We work today so we can live tomorrow. Or more accurately, we spend our youthful years working so we can afford to finally live when we retire. If we make it to retirement, that is.
I can relate to the latter of the two. It’s so easy to get pulled into the rat race and that’s where I’ve been for the better part of these past six years. In the rat race, trying to manage and grow two small businesses, struggling to make ends meet, always working and worrying about the never ending list of chores and responsibilities piled on my plate. At some point, out of mere exhaustion maybe, you just have to stop and ask yourself “what the hell am I running towards?” I knew the answer before I asked. I’m just running to try and keep up. I’m stuck running circles on a treadmill that will never lead me to the happiness and fulfillment I truly desire.
There’s really only one solution. Stop running circles and choose (or create!) the path that leads you in the right direction. As Thoreau, one of my personal heroes, puts it…
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
And that’s exactly what I’m doing. My husband and I have spent the last few years dreaming of the day we could live a simple adventurous life. That day is near. We are letting everything go that weighs us down and holds us back. It is a little scary, but not nearly as daunting as the thought of staying chained down under these heavy burdens that have accumulated over the past six years. It’s time to cut ourselves loose and shed this weight so we can be free to chase our dreams.
We’re selling our business and reducing our possessions to the bare essentials. Everything we need and want (including our three mastiffs) will have to fit into our backpacks and our Honda Element, aka the mastiff mobile. I’ve spent my entire life in the South and I’m ready to see what this big world has to offer starting with Colorado and the West Coast.
Our passion has always been animal advocacy and nature conservancy. As we reduce our footprint and travel lightly, we hope to use our photography and writing to share our journey and raise awareness and support for causes we care the most about starting with our beloved National Parks whose preservation is now in jeopardy of greedy exploitation. The time is now not only to see these magnificent places of great beauty, but to fight for their perpetual existence.