The End Is Just The BeginningPosted on Jan 8, 2013 | 24 comments
1062 days. That's how long it has taken us to get here. 25,488 hours of planning, working, dreaming and doubting. Needless to say, it has been a long and bumpy road.
This weekend we will pack all of our possessions into our little 4-door and set out on a 15,000 mile road trip around North America. Our plans are wide open. We have no reservations. We're just going with it. It feels great!
25,488 hours in . . .
and the adventure is just beginning!
The Quest For Freedom
We have a ton of work to do. This website, and our pursuit of location independence, have been sorely neglected over the past few months. We never imagined that this "great escape" of ours would be so demanding, but now that the seemingly endless stages of prepping and planning have actually reached an end, we are very excited to get back to work.
I suppose it seems a bit weird, huh? I mean, here we are with the world stretched out before us, and we are thinking about work?
We have no debt, and some money has been put aside. We have no commitments. The world is ours for the taking. Come Sunday, we could fly off to Thailand and sit on a beach for a year if we wanted. That sounds real nice . . . but it's not what we want.
Freedom is a funny thing. When you're living a lifestyle that is filled with demanding and unsatisfying chores, all you can think about is getting a few moments to get away from it all. When life isn't how you want it to be, you'll happily take freedom the easy way. A quick vacation. A movie. A couple extra glasses of wine. Anything that will get you away from what you've had to do all day, and week, and year. I'll admit, when we started this adventure, this is how we felt about freedom, too. We just wanted to be done, if only for a moment.
But now freedom represents something different for us. Now that we have freedom, we see it more as an opportunity, rather than an escape. All those demanding and unsatisfying things we used to be surrounded by are gone. No more "job", debt, routine, or bills. No more meetings. No more rush. Life is calm. And when life is calm, it's amazing how much more you want to do.
We chose to take a shot at traveling forever because we thought it was the only way we could capture real freedom. We were tired of temporary escapes that didn't work. We didn't want money, or a high-profile job, or a big house. We tried that stuff as well, and it didn't make us happy. What made us happy was our kids, and time, and choice, and flexibility, and travel, and clear heads. What made us happy was freedom. Real freedom. The kind of freedom that doesn't stop after spring break or when the mortgage payment is due. The kind of freedom that doesn't end when the alarm goes off on Monday morning. And to get the kind of freedom we really wanted, we had to go all in. We had to say,
This is how we want to live our lives. Now . . . what do we have to do to get this.
The key to succeeding in anything big is persistence. Just go, and go, and go, until you find your "this". It will come.
25,488 hours is a very long time, but it's also worth it. 100,000 hours would have been worth it. There is nothing better than this freedom. The comfort of your favorite chair, the security of your job, the peace of mind that comes with all things familiar - everything falls short in comparison to the endless opportunities freedom presents.
And you won't know what this freedom feels like 'til you get it. It's just one of those things you have to experience for yourself in order to understand. It's simply great. I'm glad we gave ourselves a chance to get here.
Find your freedom. Go get it.
Don't settle for the scraps.
Don't worry about what's going to happen next, just think about what you're doing now.
Work smart. Study hard. Don't quit.
Know that something big is going to happen.
And once your day comes . . .
be happy you were right.
That's it for now. We've got a lot of work to do. We can't wait to get started on our next 25,488 hour adventure.
Thanks for all your amazing help and support!
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