One question for you today my friend: What are you willing to give up? In life we all have choices, and sometimes we have to give something up in order to attain something else, or reach another level on our life journey. We all desire other things or other experiences than where we currently are, but most of the time those things don’t just happen strictly because we want them to. It takes action. It takes sacrifice. It takes the passion of knowing what you may be leaving behind is just not as important anymore as what you are going after. So, what are YOU willing to give up?
This question has been on my mind the last 24 hours after a conversation I had yesterday with a friend. We spoke about life. About our dreams. And we talked about what we were both willing to give up in order to make those dreams happen. For example, Erik and I love to travel. It is just who we are. But, if we still had the large home we used to have, with the pool, and yard and all the responsibilities that entails, we would not be traveling for a month at a time like we currently do. We were willing to give up the “status” of owning a large home in a nice area, and moving into a town home nearby, strictly because having those things just weren’t important to us anymore. We sold over half of what our blended marriage brought into our home, because those “things” just weren’t important to us anymore. Erik and I want life experiences together. We want to explore other cultures together and with our children. We want to know what gelato from Italy tastes like when scooped in Italy, and not just from the one at Central Market. We want to know what its really like to see a lion in its natural habitat on the Massai Mara Reserve, and not just seeing it behind a glass cage at a zoo. There are so many things in the world we still have on our list, and I know slowly we will mark them off. But we can only have those dreams and act on them because we were willing to give other security items up. This isn’t the life for everyone, and I understand this, but it is the life Erik and I have willfully chosen. But like anyone else, it takes hard work to make those dreams happen.
Maybe travel is not your life ambition, but whatever it is, it takes dedication and sacrifice to make it happen. Stay focused on what you want your life to look like, but make sure you are not trying to still hold on to people, places and things that are keeping you from moving forward in that direction. Is it more comfortable to stay with what you know? Absolutely! But you can’t have it all! You can’t and I can’t. We all have to be willing to give something up. What I can promise you though my friend, is that when you finally let go of what no longer stirs your soul, and you move towards creating a life you desire, there is no better feeling. The freedom that goes along with knowing you are living your authentic self….well…..it is just awesome! There are absolutely no regrets!
So, I will ask you once more: What are you willing to give up?
Make it a fantastic Thursday my friend!