Just going back to a few thoughts I had recently. You know when we decided to move to Ibiza our lives were real good back in the UK, good job, great friends, fantastic church, family close by, beautiful location, nice house and generally a real feeling of comfort.
But I guess at the back of both our minds there was a question: There must be more than this?
Not a question borne out of dissatisfaction or frustration, just an inner hunger for something more.
Can we get stuck doing a good thing but it’s not the right thing?
I also think that all our circumstances line up to tell us, to “stay put.” Well we fought the fear and the urge to stay comfortable we went for it and moved here. I know we live on a sunny Mediterranean island but it hasn’t been an easy decision, we left a lot behind, don’t get the violins out, because it has been life giving.
Having changed my perspective, I look back and think what is stopping others from making the big changes that can bring life? I don’t want to be patronizing or come across as “I’ve done it so should you” yet I just can’t help the feeling that there are people who are trapped in a life that is giving them comfort and security but not a sense of life and adventure.
Somewhere in all of us we have these dormant dreams, I feel incredibly lucky that I get to live mine out. I’ve decided to stop living for the “one day”. It’s a syndrome you know “The One Day Syndrome” One day I will go here, One day I will do this, One day I will say that, and I found my ONE DAY’s becoming increasingly about comfort and consuming, One day we will go to Florida, One day I will get an Audi A6, One day we will move to detached house, One day when the kids leave home we will……, One day I’ll retire, etc.
There is nothing the matter with any of these, “One days” I just think they become distractions, I still have One days myself.
What if someone gave you a blank piece of paper and said “here you go, a fresh start, forget the previous drawing, take with you all the skills you learnt whilst doing it but draw a new picture. A picture of how you would like to live your life from now on”
Would it look the same as the life you are living now?
What’s stopping us from drawing new pictures?