This is part of a 5 blog series telling you my top five excuses…..
If you’ve ever wondered, look “could I leave my job and travel for a year?” The answer is if I can, you can. Most who know me would call me practical, predictable, even. I had many excellent reasons not to pack my bags and go.
But, I realized those considerations were only excuses. In reframing my cop-outs, I found good reason to quit my job and explore the world. You can too.
First, say all your excuses aloud. Then write them down. Next, imagine that you are 99 years old and try to convince yourself why you should stay put. You will find it difficult and for good reason. I recently went to a funeral service for a 99 year old man who earned his master’s degree at age 70. I felt his energy approve of this trip. Before I said yes to the trip, I too had a never-ending list of excuses that I doled out to Jenni….
Excuse #1: I can’t afford a trip. I was embarrassed to tell Jenni that I had a measly $5000 in savings. Suze Orman would never approve of this extended trip. Jenni reminded me that I paid $15,000 for a car. It made me ask myself, why not sell my car and buy a ticket around the world? Jenni challenged us to change our mindsets and live more simply. We were going to find a way to survive together off one car, one scooter, two bikes, and a Muni pass, which is more transportation options than many others have.
Suddenly, forgoing a trip around the world to sit in traffic in my Civic seemed irrational. I started to think of how to travel on my social workers salary. Selling my car would fill my bank account to $20,000, enough to travel on a shoestring around the world. Besides, if we ran out of money, we would be creative. After all, we could always teach English.
I’d love to hear some comments…..
What dreams of yours seem out of reach and unaffordable? Have you done the math to compare the costs?