So you followed our bicycle trip faithfully. Maybe not every day, but enough to remember the triumphs and the drastic failures. Maybe you even lived vicariously through us, while sitting in your humdrum cube at your humdrum job, imagining how great it would be to have a little more beating-drum and a little less ho-hum in your life.
And then we came home, stopped blogging, and started to sink into our own humdrum realities. Well, at least I did.
(Stephen is an international man of yoga mystery, so he’s a little less boring than me.)
As our whole trip started to seem more and more like a fairytale to us, so did your dreams of escaping on a crazy adventure of your own.
Who were you kidding, anyway? You could never do anything like that. It’s too much work, it’s too much money, it’s too scary…
What the hell?!?
There’s no excuse for that kind of thinking.
You told us we inspired you! You told us we motivated you! You told us you were going to get out there and do it!
And now look at you.
So here’s a kick up the tail, for those of you who really want it.
(I know some of you are not into the whole idea of adventure – too many bad hair days involved).
What are doing, right now, to make your own adventures a reality?
Nothing? Yup, that’s what I thought. I know that feeling intimately, because right now I am stuck, too. I am stuck trying to make my new dream a reality.
Possible reasons why we are stuck.
- We are lazy good-for-nothings.
- We are scattered and unfocussed, working on too many projects at once.
- We don’t know what it is we really want anyway.
- We are terrified of making an effort, any effort, in case it fails.
- We are so focussed on the big goal, we can’t see the tiny steps that are right in front of us.
- Waaaaah, it is too hard and I want to watch TV!
Number 1 is just a big fat lie we all tell ourselves. We hide behind laziness to pretend the other problems don’t exist.
I was gonna do that, but I just didn’t feel like it.
It sounds so much better than “I was gonna do that, but I was too scared.”
For me, today, number 3 is my greatest obstacle. There are so many interesting avenues to explore. Two roads diverged in a wood? More like 17!
The paradox of choice is at work here. There are so many opportunities, I am paralyzed.
(There are worse problems, but it’s still a problem.)
So today, (or this week at the very least), let’s all pick an avenue, let’s decide which road looks the most enticing. Once we know which direction we’re heading, it will be so much easier to take the first step. ♥
Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.