A Lesson In LuckPosted on Jun 12, 2012 | 24 comments
Something lucky happened.
A few weeks ago I was setting out to walk the kids to school and I bumped into one of our neighbors.
"Still doing the big trip?"
"Yep, just a matter of time now I think."
"So what's the hold up?"
"Money. And I have to get the condo listed and hope it sells."
"You're selling it?"
"Yeah. Cut the ties. We figure it's best to have less complications and just hit the road."
"Well . . . I"ll buy it."
The kids are tugging at my shirt trying to get me to school. My neighbor is talking about all the reasons he wants to buy the condo and how we can work out a deal. An ambulance drives by. The birds are chirping.
How can this be happening?
Is this possible? Did I just sell my house?
Stuff like this doesn't just happen. You don't just walk out of your home and bump into a relative stranger who wants to buy your home and set your travel dreams into motion. Something is going on.
As I sit here, papers are being exchanged and financing is being arranged. Nothing is set in stone, but it appears we might have actually sold our house without ever placing a single ad or phone call or listing. Crazy!
One can't help but believe things are "meant to be". Since starting this little quest of ours, everything has gone according to plan. We've minimized, paid off our debt, created a successful blog, learned how to work for ourselves, and now this. What is this? Are we just the luckiest people on earth?
Luck comes with the territory in this game.
I write a blog about taking my family and kids on a never-ending journey around the world - of course I'm lucky. I'm lucky to be sitting at a laptop drinking water. You can't ever forget about luck, but luck isn't everything. A lot of us are lucky. I tend to think it's a lot more about what we do with our luck.
When I first realized our house might actually sell, I got scared.
This is it. No going back now. What if we screw this up? What will we come back to? Where's our security?
Same old story. You've all been down that road of doubt, and like me, you know that road leads nowhere. I can't waste my luck on doubt and dead-end streets.
I might very well be the luckiest guy on the planet.
I've got a great, healthy family.
I've got resources.
I've got a passport.
I've got a house I can sell.
I've been able to lay out a plan, follow it, and see it come to fruition.
Very lucky indeed. And I'm not going to waste my luck.
Here's to the house selling (fingers crossed) and moving forward. Here's to letting our years of frugal saving propel us around the world. Here's to really enjoying my time with my wife and kids. Here's to opening our world to let new opportunities roll in. Here's to being lucky and making the most of it.
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