Today I have a question for you all to think about. What does the good life look like to you? If you could have anything you wanted, do anything you desired, live anywhere in the world, and money was not a factor, what would your ideal life look like.
I’m fairly certain I spend more time than the average person thinking about what the good life looks like for me. Some look at this as a pointless exercise, because the world doesn’t hand you everything you want on a silver platter, so why waste the time to think about it.
I think it’s useful for two reasons. First, because most people have had very little practice thinking about their dreams even in terms of practical goals that can be accomplished, and this little exercise can jump start that.
Second, most of us who do have dreams are thinking in the shorter term, and this exercise can give you a glimpse into what you want for the long term. For instance, right now I’m really enjoying RVing, and it’s a goal I’m still working on in that I’m still saving up for equipment that’ll let me go boondocking and realize my dream more fully. But having thought about what my ideal life would look like, I know that eventually I want to travel overseas as well, as well as try a plethora of other things.
Knowing this is useful, because it gives me some perspective and takes some fear away from my current situation. If something were to come up in my life that would mean I had to get off the road, like an illness in the family, a personal health issue, or money constraints due to an accident or some other misfortune, while I know I’d be upset about losing my current dream (I’m only human after all), I also know that there are other dreams I can strive for and be happy pursuing. It would not be the end of my world, just the end of a chapter.
While life will never hand you everything you want on a silver platter free of charge, it’s certainly not unreasonable to pick the one or two things from the platter that look the most enticing and get working on how to afford and achieve them.
I’m not asking for you to share your answers, because this is a very personal exercise. I just hope you’ll think about it from time to time as a way to make your dreams more clear.
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Back to work today! I had a nice two days of doing next to nothing and it felt really good after 50 hours of hard work (I didn’t even get a single 40 hour week as a buffer) but now it’s back to counting bins. The temperatures at Coffeyville have been very reasonable so far, but it looks like Tuesday night is going to be the first hard freeze here with a forecast low of 23 degrees. I learned from my error last year and will be bringing my water filter out of the cold this time. Have a good week all.
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