A very good friend Regina posted this the other day. It inspired me and even though you could look at it a couple of different ways, I believe it strikes me the best in the context of lifestyle. The quote is: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin.
To me, one of my pursuits is to create enough financial freedom for our family that we are able to enjoy life and have a positive impact on the lives of others around us. This is what caused us to start and continue to grow our investing business. It’s the reason we are so intent on encouraging others to pursue their dreams. It’s why we are willing to teach and train others in the skills and knowledge needed to achieve freedom for themselves. In a way, we view helping others to understand the nuances of personal and business finance is one of our gifts to our friends and family.
The quote implies that you define a life you don’t need to escape from, then go to the trouble of setting it up. To some that might mean to shrink your dreams and aspirations to fit your budget then be happy there. To others it means grow your budget to fit your dreams and aspirations. (If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m in the group that intends to grow the finances to fit the dream.) I’m glad there are others that feel the same way. I’m still perplexed at those who would rather set aside their dreams and opt for the occasional big fling only to return to a life that is largely consumed by earning a living.
We broke free of that life some time ago. Probably prematurely. But to me, the freedom to pursue life was of far more value than spending 40-60 hours every week just surviving. Someone recently said we were like “trail blazers” and they told us that trail blazers break new ground and clear the way to make it easier for others to follow. To me, that’s okay because in blazing a trail for others to follow, we’ve found the life that there’s no need to escape from. The best part is that vacations are a natural part of our life now where they were just a brief “escape” in the past.
I know the quote also implies that you can find a life of emotional peace, contentment and tranquility and that is a life that needs no escape. But……that doesn’t bring us to the fulfilment of our dreams. One of them being the creation of a family retreat, and living there is almost like a perpetual vacation. talk about setting up a life you don’t need to escape from! (look it up at www.crosstimberscabins.com if you don’t believe me) I vote for the position that “the more options, the better”. Life is too short to spend it just moving from one paycheck to the next and from one vacation to the next.
Pursue your dream and you may never need to escape to your dream.