"Do you have any idea how smart you are?" started my dad, "you guys are doing it right. And thoughtfully. You are following your dreams. There is so much power in that. It's so easy for you to listen to others who say you should be doing something else." He's proud of us. He loves what we are doing. In a way it's his dream too...
His words made me think though; sure we have had plenty of people tell us we're "crazy", we've even had a few friends say "rather you than me", but no one has told us we should be doing something else. Not to our faces at least. I guess it's implied in the world around us; people aren't "supposed" to do things like skip the career track and take off for a life at sea on a boat. People aren't "supposed" to find a way to live outside the status quo and avoid working for 'the man'. We were supposed to settle down after college, get jobs, grow in those jobs, buy a house, have some kids, continue working and growing, maybe buy a new car every five years and take a much needed vacation once or twice a year. That's what we "should" be doing according to the general consensus I guess. It's funny though, not a single person has said this to us. In fact, most people think it's pretty darn amazing what we are doing and while they might not want this life for themselves, they're incredibly supportive of us. Why? Because at the end of the day, I think people like to see people following their dreams.
I know not everyone's families are as supportive of skirting the "real world" as Scott's and mine, but there is still a lot of positive energy out there for people who want to follow their dreams. Like a current in an ocean, there's a ribbon of strength flowing through the Universe for dreamers who are lucky enough to tap into it. You might have to swim a little upstream to find it, and it might not always be easy - but the support is out there if you actively look for it. At the end of the day, you cannot sit and wait for your dreams to come to you, you must work hard to bring them to the surface for air. They are fragile, they are vulnerable and they can be fleeting.
I don't know if Scott and I are "smart", we're not doing this for any other reason than it's been our lifelong dream and we think this is the very best way to live our life. This is the path we have chosen; it feels right and we're going to continue on it until it doesn't feel right any more. Sure, we're following our dream, but in the process our dream has become our life. Pretty cool how that works.
They say that good things come to those who wait, but maybe it should read: good things come to those who follow their dreams? While there is something to be said for patience, waiting for something to come to you gives you an excuse to sit and do nothing when there are SO many great things to be done. I say don't wait, I say go for it! You're dream might just become your life too.