I heard The Moody Blues’ “Your Wildest Dreams” on the radio the other day, and it really got me thinking. Not just about 80’s awesomeness, although that was definitely there, but about chasing our dreams and missed opportunities. Life can go in so many directions, just based on a seemingly simple decision.
Several people have asked how I can walk away from a great job, with great benefits and jump into the unknown. To that I say: it’s all a choice. YOU determine what is important. YOU determine what you want your life to be made up of. YOU are the only one you have to answer to at the end of your days.
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” ~Invictus, William Ernest Henley
Removing all the considerations of finances, which I recognize is not an option for many people, it made the choice relatively easy for me to make the leap. I was not happy with my job after it changed substantially. I wanted a more flexible work routine in order to spend time with the girls while they are young. I wanted to simplify our home, land, life and responsibilities.
Speaking of finances–this was not an easy decision. We ran numbers backward, forward, upside down and sideways before we realized that the home we love was holding us back, and the only possibility of freedom was to let it go. We have taken the things we love about this home and scaled them down to the new home’s parameters. We even engaged the builder who owned this home and made all the major changes to it as our general contractor for the renovations in the new place. It’s funny how life can come full circle.
I know that we’re lucky that Jason has a good, steady, high-paying job with good benefits. I am able to pursue my passions without the fear of failure…although, who are we kidding, it’s there…no one wants to fail. But we aren’t dependent on my future income since we have scaled back all major expenses. And there it is–the choice. I had to let go of certain things: new cars, a big home, a fancy career, and a lot of possessions in order to allow this to happen. My hope–no, it’s stronger than that. My belief is that when we give these things up, it will free us to focus on the things that are most important, and won’t feel like a sacrifice at all.
If you were pursuing your wildest dreams, what would you do? Imagine there were no barriers, just passion. How would you spend your days?