We hear this phrase a lot these days, and it always sort of bugs me.
Here’s the thing: Our lives are not on hold.
I have no idea what we’ll do at the end of this trip – where we’ll live, how we’ll make a living, or even when we’ll stop traveling. Hell, I don’t even know what we’ll be doing a week out, usually.
But I do know what we’re doing each day, even more so than when we lived in Seattle.
Part of this is because traveling long-term means you have to do that – there are dozens of decisions to be made each day simply because you don’t have the luxury of a home and a job and a routine. Every single meal, where we sleep at night, where to find the supplies we need in a new town, how we fill our days – each day is a blank slate.
We are living our lives more intentionally now because we have to think every single day about what we want to do and how we want to spend our time and attention.
You don’t have to travel around the world to live like that, though you do have to work at it a bit more.
Because we are now at the beginning of the year and making our list of resolutions, I thought you might want to think on this a bit.
Know why? Because your life isn’t on hold either.
Life still happens, every second of every day, and the only alternative to living your life is, well, not being alive.
We get really caught up in the end result – where we’ll be when we lose weight/finish school/get the promotion/fall in love/raise the kids/pay off our debt/retire – that we sometimes neglect the *process* of actually living.
And then we get to that magical date in the future and wonder why our dreams never quite panned out.
I cannot tell you what we’ll be doing in 4 years any more than you can tell me what you’ll be doing in 4 years. I certainly couldn’t have told you 4 years ago that we’d have sold everything to travel the world.
My point is that there is no hold button. All the actions that you do every single day make up the life you are living, and if you don’t like where you are, the easiest and most effective thing you can do is change your daily actions to conform to the life you want.
Let me say that one more time: The easiest and most effective thing you can do is change your daily actions to conform to the life you want.
Small is the new big, and paying attention to how you spend your days now will reap huge rewards in your future.
Your life is happening right now, whether you are in an ideal place or not, and by paying attention to the right now you immediately give yourself a better shot at the future you want.
We wish you all a very happy new year full of living in the present, enjoying your family, friends, and surroundings, and leaving the world a better place than when you found it.
*FYI: You can’t.