When watching shows on the Travel channel or others like HGTVs “House Hunters International,” it is easy to sit back and dream. People like to live vicariously through those TV programs and say “How do they do that?” or “I sure wish we could live somewhere that beautiful.” But then they get up each morning and head back to their corporate America job that they may or may not like. Well I would just like to say stop dreaming and drooling, stop going through the day-to-day motions and just make it happen. People do it EVERY. DAY.
That is just one example of going after a life you may desire. Maybe it’s not about living somewhere exotic for everyone but, my point is, that TRUE happiness is more than making money to pay the bills. If your life does not align with what you really want to do and feel, you can have all the money in the world and still not be happy.
“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” -Bob Marley
I feel like people are confused and it seems frustrating. They confuse having more with a better life. They are not willing to try something different and break away from what is “comfortable.” They forget that this life is not meant to be stagnant and just because if has always been done a certain way (in their area of the world) that that is the ONLY and best way. Maybe what we are used to is not the best way. Maybe if we follow the passions that our higher power (whatever that may be for each person) gave us, not society, we would actually live a greater life of abundance and happiness.
In todays society people are so extremely conditioned to think if they have lots of money, a nice car, own a big house, etc that they have been successful and will then be happy (if not now but when they finally get to retire) but so much of the time that is NOT the case. Look at how many successful people suffer from anxiety and depression. They work so many hours a week spending so much time away from their family, only so they can have that week vacation finally doing what they do want to do. They are not happy. Sure, they have lots of perks in life but chances are good that they are not following their heart or passions. That alone is slow suicide.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you really happy or just comfortable?
- Do you have a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
- Do you know who you really are (not who society says you should be)?
- If you could do anything and get paid for it, what would you do?
If you do some soul searching, and open your mind, you will find that you CAN live the life you desire. This life may not make as much money or have the same benefits (OR maybe it will actually have more) but once you figure out what you value and what matters most I believe you will find that that life will be just as plentiful and so much more rewarding. If you do what you love, the money will follow!
“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” -Tim Tebow
Of course no change comes without making friends with fear, overcoming obstacles and probably being a bit uncomfortable along the way but those things are easy to overcome if it is for a life you love. Wouldn’t you rather live your life in a way that you don’t need a vacation from in the first place? What if instead of saying “wouldn’t it be great if we could do that someday” you just get off the couch and do it?
Take the example of the dream of living somewhere tropical and exotic. There are plenty of inexpensive places tropical places still out there to live. If you are worried about healthcare, many areas of Mexico, S. America, etc have wonderful inexpensive healthcare (way more economical than in the US). If you are worried about income, find something you can do online (easier and easier nowadays), start a business you love, or join network marketing and start making a residual income. What about the kids? Well first of all, who wouldn’t want to give their kids the gift of learning and living in another culture? There are SO many wonderful international schools that are likely better than many you would find in the USA. If living somewhere else is your goal just MAKE IT HAPPEN. Everything else will fall into place.
If your goal is to stay home with your kids DONT WAIT (they grow too fast). If you want to run a marathon START RUNNING. If you want to join the circus DO IT NOW. Whatever the case, the world is filled with an abundance of opportunity. Stop worrying about that career in corporate America and get out there, explore, and live the life you imagine (because after all, this is NOT a dress rehearsal).