Capturing The MomentPosted on Oct 26, 2011 | 17 comments
Few moments in life stick.
We all have our daily moments when we feel a sense of urgency. Moments when we feel compelled to act, make change, or just DO SOMETHING, but rarely do these moments last.
So often we miss our moments.
How many times have you heard a song, read a novel, or glanced at the daily news and thought,
TOMORROW, I AM GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING!
Of course, you woke up the next morning for the start of your NEW LIFE and the kids were fighting and you had a meeting at the office, so change was just going to have to wait.
And IT is still waiting.
Some time ago, my family and I were driving up the east coast of the United States and I had one of those moments. Nothing new for me. I have moments of motivation all the time, but this moment was different. This moment stuck.
It was 2AM and my family was sound asleep in the car. I stopped off somewhere in North Carolina to get some gas and cup of coffee. The weather was perfect. And aside from the calm buzz of the freeway, the night was silent. Things were good. I was content; I was happy.
I got back in the car and jumped back on the freeway to head home, and that's when I had my moment.
The idea of HOME entered into my head and I nearly drove the car off the road.
Are you kidding me? That's where I am going right now.
Back to the routine? Back to the job, the daycare, the groceries, the bills, the toys, the TV, the hours and the noise?
No! No! NO!
HONEY! WAKE UP!
Poor Heidi woke up to my madness and had to listen to me ramble through the night about quitting our jobs and traveling the world forever and as always, despite being half-asleep, she said, "Well, when do we start!".
On that night back in 2010, I had a moment that I'd had a million times before, but like I said, this time it stuck. This time when I realized that I was happier pumping gas at 2AM in North Carolina than I was going back to my life in Boston, I knew I just couldn't wait anymore - something HAD to be done.
Capturing The Moment
Life-altering moments don't have to be laced with tragedy. We shouldn't have to wait around til we get fired or someone dies before we decide to strive for happiness. We simply have to find ways to capture those little moments of hope and doubt that we have on a daily basis and put them to work.
I use this website like one uses a photograph. It constantly reminds me of that trip in the car and watching my kids sleep at that gas station in North Carolina. It is the ONE thing that has made MY moment last. Without finding a way to capture the force of that moment, it would have just faded to the back of my brain like all those that have come before it.
Changing your life, I mean really flipping it upside down and starting to live for a purpose, is the hardest thing in the world to do. For those like me who have spent 15 years buying and working and getting settled, it's a long, hard struggle to get out of the ditch. You have to STAY motivated. You have to find a way to harness the power of a moment and let it drive you to the promised land.
This article is part of a group project we participated in with some other moment-capturing, traveling families. There are some amazing stories here, make sure you check them out.
Livin On The Road: Whose Idea Was This?
Family On Bikes: One Moment In Time: A Lifetime of Adventures
Family Trek: The Moment We Knew We Were Made For More
Raising Miro: The Moment
Carried On The Wind: Moment
New Life On The Road: It Only Takes A Moment
Worldschool Adventures: The Moment of Inspiration in Hanoi, Vietnam
Bohemian Mom: The First Moment We Decided To Change Our Lives
Living Outside The Box: The Moments That Added Up
OK Escapists, that’s it for now, but make sure you come back and check in on our progress in our quest to travel forever. We promise we’ll put everything we’ve got on the table for you.
Thanks for the visit, and best of luck with your adventures!