We’re go-getters to a varying extent, every single person who reads IO and other blogs like this. We live with that niggling feeling always in the back of our minds that life as most people see and live it isn’t enough. We want something better, and we’re willing to work hard to get it. We know that time is a finite resource, and that starting on your dreams now, whether it be to go RVing or something else, is infinitely better than starting later.
It isn’t easy, being us.
Daily we’ll face people satisfied with (or unwilling to challenge) the status quo. They might act with indifference when we tell them our dreams, and sap our enthusiasm. They might laugh at the idea of dropping out of the rat race, or give us a look like we’ve grown a second head when we explain that we want to travel full time. Even without words, they are telling that we can’t do it. But we can.
Even if we can push past the naysayers, we face the challenge of keeping up our motivation in light of all the work that needs to be done.
There is no smooth paved roadway leading to our dreams, no action plan with nicely laid out steps in chronological order. We are pioneers, hacking our way through a thicket of brambles with a compass that doesn’t point true north, but rather the direction of our hearts. We will struggle again and again to round up all the pieces of the puzzle and try to make them fit into a coherent picture. We will take one step back for every two steps forward. We will trip and fall, laboring for days, weeks, or possibly even months on something only to discover that it wasn’t even necessary. And at times, we will think that our dreams aren’t worth all the effort. But they are.
And even if we conquer the mountain of work, we’ll be faced with perhaps the most challenging adversary of them all, ourselves.
We will stare into the gaping maw of uncertainty, and wonder if we have what it takes. Are we strong enough. Are we smart enough. Are we determined enough. Here, at the edge of the civilized world where no paved roads exist and conventional wisdom goes to die, we will be put to the test. And we will be terrified. But we will make the jump into the unknown anyway.
Because we know that if we don’t at least try, that little niggling voice will continue asking “what if?”. Because we know that there are others like us out there, doing amazing and impossible things, and the rise of the internet has allowed us to connect with and support each other. And because we know that you don’t really fail until you stop trying.
Right now I’m tackling the obstacle of finding decent paying yet fun summer work, and it’s eating up about all of my free time. It’s looking more and more like I’ll need to take another jump into the unknown myself and head out west this year instead of next. What obstacles are you currently facing?
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