It was about 4 yrs. ago, the seed had been planted. I was in California for a speaker conference and met a couple who had done it. The motivation for them was that, Elizabeth, the wife had been very sick and her, potentially, final wish was this request.
The second seed that was planted happened around that same time when my husband and I attended an event at our church geared to married couples.
The intro video to the program showed a couple on a boat out at sea going scuba diving. The anchor was dropped and the over they went into the depths of the water. As they explored around they realized the anchor was no longer within sight. Panic over took them as they realized the danger of being carried away by the under current. Up to the top they went and as they looked around the vast ocean, they realized their boat was far off in the distance.
The metaphor was so powerful about how we can get caught up in the cultural current of life and lose sight of the anchor, of what is really important…faith, relationships, health, peace, joy, experiences, etc.
The final straw that triggered this idea was an article I read about people in hospice. They were interviewed and asked, “If they could live their lives over again, what would they do different?” One of the primary responses was wishing he or she would have had the courage to follow their dreams.
They had regret, and the regret was about what the person DIDN’T Do. Ok, that was it!!
On paper, our family is the picture of success, the big house, great jobs and abundance in many ways but what hit me over the summer was how life felt like such a “rat race”. The grind of going, going, going all the time had taken its toll. As I looked at our children, now 12 yrs. and 10 yrs. old, the realization of how fast time is going smacked me over the head like a ton of bricks. I told my husband, I can’t do this anymore!! The poor guy, looked at me and said, “What do you mean??” I really didn’t intend to completely freak him out but I wasn’t kidding, I just couldn’t keep going the way I was going! “Selling” him on my idea was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, but he’s a trooper and got fully on board.
Now here I sit in our RV with the trees and lake in my view.
Yes, we sold our big house, luxury cars, purged 90% of our “stuff”, bought an RV, a jeep and are on our way to travel America for at least a year.
Crazy? Courageous? We’ll see?
What area of your life do you feel stuck? It IS possible to create your best life but it takes some guts and there are tradeoffs. As an American, we have so many options; the only thing for certain is death and taxes. Now you don’t have to go and sell all your stuff and buy an RV, but what is it for you? Take an inventory of your life and do some soul searching to what you need to change or improve and make it happen. One thing you will never get back is time!