Someday we will travel the world with our kids…
Marcus and I had very different upbringings. The only thing that really we had in common, was that we had the opportunity to travel when we were young. We very firmly believe that those opportunities impacted (for the better) the kind of adults that we grew into. We talked constantly about traveling the world with our kids and giving them that same opportunity.
…when the debt was all gone.
…when our house was paid off.
…when we didn’t have to worry about money.
…when we felt confident and ready.
“Someday” is a very safe, comfortable place for dreams to live. It doesn’t require any real commitment. Dreams that live there also tend not to happen…
It wasn’t that many years ago that we found ourselves in a deep, financial hole that we weren’t sure we would be able to dig ourselves out of in this lifetime. There isn’t much light that makes it’s way down to you when you are in a hole that deep. There is a lot of regret, shame and guilt there – but not a lot of light. You have to find a way to create light. We chose to create that light by practicing gratitude and by recommitting to our promise to show our kids the world… no longer “Someday”, but by a specific date. Day-by-day, choice-by-choice, we made a slow but steady climb towards that goal. On days where we could see no light at all, we sat at our kitchen table as a family and played as many rounds of the “Thankful Game” as necessary to get us to the place where we had strength to take on another day, and realize how truly blessed we are.
About two years ago, the husband of a (dear) long-time colleague of mine passed away suddenly. The words of advice that my father gave to me shortly before he passed away in 1999 kept ringing in my head in the days that followed… “Don’t wait to do the things that are important to you, because you never know how much time you have.” My Dad worked hard his whole life, and was just about to the place where he could start to relax and do the things that he had always wanted to do… only to find that he didn’t have any time left. Marcus and I sat down to explore the question “Can we do this any sooner?” We realized that if we took some of our “conditions” off of our travelling, we could move our departure date up by a year. So, we decided to do that. It was at that point, that we also slowly started to tell other people what we were planning. We started creating a network of people, that we care about, to be accountable to for fulfilling this dream.
Don’t wait to do the things that are important to you, because you never know how much time you have.
Victor C. Green
As I’m writing this post, we are 67 days away from what used to be “Someday”.
Is the debt all gone? Yes.
Is our house paid off? No. This is the condition we chose to give up so that we could make this happen sooner.
Do we have to worry about money? What we’ve learned through the past few years, is that “worrying” about money is a choice… and “worrying” is not the best use of our energy. We are on track to have the first six months of our trip funded before we leave, and we also have in place an “Emergency Fund” and a “Return Home Fund”. We are actively working towards both being able to practice our professions remotely, to a level that provides for our family today and our future as well.
Do we feel confident and ready? Absolutely NOT. But, just like every other uncertain, life-altering thing that is worth doing – the only way to get confident and ready – is to actually do it. And… we have faith that things will work out, that we have inside of us everything that we need to handle whatever comes our way… and that when we don’t – there will be people who will help us.
About the Author
Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.