When we first conceived of traveling by the sun and seasons as our guides, we thought of retirement. A long way off and not guaranteed for any of us. (Remember, working in a hospital gives a skewed view of life; everyone there is sick. In the real world, only a proportion of people are sick)
Then we began to dream about what we would do. Early morning sunrises in the woods drinking strong coffee has always been nice. We like to hike. We like to ski. Even sitting on flat water in a kayak looking at birds is nice. (Actually, I like to work too. Work is one of the most native states. I lose myself in work: PT, projects, gardening, whatever…there is a bliss in accomplishment) But our skiing and cycling fitness is better now than it will be in 15 more years when the bills are all paid. Once we decided sooner would be better, we had to figure out HOW.
Then ALL of the reasons we couldn’t do this thing came to mind:
MONEY, TIME, PLACES TO SLEEP, JOBS, BILLS, MONEY, A HOUSE IN BALTIMORE, PEOPLE SAYING “YOU CAN’T DO THAT”, HEALTH INSURANCE,…
Truly the biggest barrier to any of our dreams is inside of our heads. Once I believe the “Talk”, I cease to plan and cease to accomplish. Think back. What kept you working so hard to get through school? What are you dreaming about now? I’ll be trickling out a few examples of barriers that jumped in front of me so far on this journey (before we even left town)