I don’t know about you, but in my experience it is much more difficult to make life changes than the leading blogs, books and websites would have me believe.
I desire to live a life that leaves behind a “legacy of fun”. But that life is different from how I’ve been living. And in this current life, I’ve built up a fair amount of friction.
The friction I’m talking about includes:
- Nay-sayers and doubters who question my desires, judge my progress and deny that what I seek even exists
- A history of making the same choices I’ve been making
- A mind-set that says it will always be how it is now because it always has been
- Fear… fear of the unknown, financial stability, loss of respect, burning bridges
- Lack of clarity… knowing I want to change, but unable to imagine the future I’m trying to build
To overcome its own friction, sometimes an object (like me) needs a little outside shove…
Traveling by plane these days can be a little stressful.
Traveling with a two-year-old daughter for the first time, even more so.
Add to that, the logistics of carrying her car seat around the terminal, down the narrow aisle of a crowded plane and then installing it in the oh so roomy seat in row 57A.
Not to mention all the other little things that incrementally raise the blood pressure… the line building up behind you, running out of trays for the security check, miss-communication with your wife over who’s grabbing the stroller, daughter afraid of the metal detector, security staff even more stern and gruff than normal… it can get ugly fast.
I would like more balance in my life. More exercise, joy, connection, fun, health, laughter, free time, time with family, time with friends, confidence, a true sense of vocation, etc.
Instead, I have too often chosen a paycheck. And the means to earn that paycheck have taken far too big a chunk out of the other things I desire. Like really living life instead of just “earning a living”…