But then it is “corrected” out of us over the years.
That’s not safe.
No, don’t do that!
One of my favorite things about living in Albania is observing kids. Helicopter parenting hasn’t made its debut here and kids are often unaccompanied. Boys and girls alike are fearless. They entertain themselves, push their limits and laugh all the while.
Why do adults get so boring and cautious?
We rarely brake our schedules, traditions and routines.
Trying a new restaurant is an adventure.
Quitting a joyless job is absurd.
Derek and I landed in Albania way before tourist season. We would walk into a restaurant or store to be greeted by stares and speechless owners. Now we’ve become friends with the same people, but when asked how long we are staying, they just shake their heads. Six months ago when we told friends and colleagues about our plans of selling everything (literally) and traveling, their faces said it all.
I thought I didn’t care what people thought of me, but San Diego was a true test.
Being a member of several networking groups, I told a few people (the ones I thought might get it) about our plans to travel and they not only did they think it was a horrible idea, they felt sorry for us. People began to distance themselves and some didn’t want to do business with us anymore.
In those moments I would ask myself, what will I care about when I’m 80?
We’ve rearranged our priorities.
We’ve come alive in new ways.
We’ve had zero regrets.
Change isn’t difficult, but tossing out cultural, family and personal norms is. Derek and I watch tourists pour out of buses and they are all silver haired sixty something-year-olds. We look at each other and think, why did they wait? The answer is simple, that’s what we’ve been taught to do.
Creativity is the key to it all.
Many people email me and tell me they would love to travel but they have a job, kids, and responsibilities. I understand what they are really saying, I only know one way to live. If we go about life without creativity we will soon be trapped in “the box”. Whatever your dream is it can be realized, but you’ve got to look at it from a new angle. Most importantly, you’ve got to take at least one step to get the ball rolling.
One day never comes.
Shake up your life today.
Go out on a limb.
Make a change.
Some might stare, others might shake their heads – LET ‘EM!
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez *Have you downloaded my free ebook, The Hungry Soul’s Manifesto? It’s all about remembering what’s important in life – creating purpose and passion, instead of just passing the time amassing stuff. p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!