Here in our little world of dreams and travel we often have a lot to say about excuses.
Don't make excuses keep you from living your dream.
There is no such thing as a good excuse.
Excuses are like . . .
Here we often make life and dreams and travel sound easy. We say Just Do It, make it happen, never give up, but sometimes it's just not that easy. Change is hard. Achieving your dreams is hard. And we don't all get to start our journey at the same point.
Sure excuses are just a bunch of fear-based nonsense, but some people have more than excuses.
Some people have reasons.
Over the past week I have been reminded of how challenging life can be, and for me, or anyone else for that matter, to suggest that anyone can just take hold of the reigns and ride their horse off into the sunset is simply wrong. Some people have been just slammed by chance.
People lose their jobs. They lose their spouses. They lose their children. Kids are born to parents that can not care for themselves, and parents have children that will always need constant care. People get hurt. People get cancer. People get stuck in situations that, despite all their hard work and mindfulness, they simply could not control. Life just happens.
I don't want to get into specifics, but over the past week I have had chance meetings with people who fit the above profiles. They are simply hanging on, and all the goal setting and motivation in the world will not change that. There are some people are not able to "just do it", even if they want to.
And then there are people like me. I have had it about as easy as one can imagine. Sure I have been careful and made some good decisions, but honestly, 99% of anything I have now is luck. 6 inches to the right in that car crash and I am crippled. That rock hits me a bit harder as a kid and I have brain damage. My kids could have been born sick; my parents could have had Alzheimer's. It's just chance.
You all know this. I'm not telling you anything new. And I suppose on many levels it is ignorant for anyone like me to suggest that everybody can achieve a dream if they work hard, sacrifice, and stay focused. I put on a different pair of shoes and I'm thinking differently.
But then again, since I am lucky, don't I have some sort of duty to make use of the opportunity I have been given? Wouldn't all those people out there with a dream give their right arm to have some of the luck that has come my way?
Some us have reasons in our lives that prevent us from doing what we want, and these are real.
Some of us have excuses we create that prevent us from doing what we want, and these are nothing.
We need to know the difference.
I'm an excuse guy. And that's why there's really no reason I shouldn't be off traveling the world and doing what I love.
We are a family of four who is done with excuses and very thankful we don't have anything stopping us from traveling the world.
Go Get Adventure!