A commitment to traveling full time and indefinitely around the world comes with plenty of tasks to complete. There are plans to make, flights to book, gear to get, bags to pack, family and friends to say goodbye to, finances to get in order, and a whole host of other bits of business to accomplish before our big departure. All of those things will happen over the next several months and we will check and re-check to make sure that we are creating a scenario for the best possible outcome. But none of those tasks are weighing on our minds right now. The biggest challenge facing us right now?
Staying present and thankful in the current moment.
How does one focus on the joys of today when tomorrow seems so exciting and filled with promise? How do we stay rooted in bettering ourselves and our partnership right now rather than waiting until “someday when we travel”? When does planning for our future goals and travel begin to shadow and wreak havoc on all that we have at our fingertips right now to enjoy?
You see, waiting until “someday” has the ability to creep into the crevices of your mind and invade the way you interact with the world even when you are actively planning a life absent of the concept of “someday”.
We absolutely must stay present and thankful for the here and now. Not to would be a waste of a year of our lives. As anyone reading along knows, wasting a year is not in our plan at all! We don’t even want to waste a minute!
Everyday we rise, thankful for our good health and our comparable good fortune. We take note of the small things, of the excitement that is inherent in the day to day. We try to live and interact with others in a purposeful manner. We attempt to savor each bite of favorite foods, hear each note of well-played music lists, and feel each cold gust of all-too-familiar New York winter weather. Admittedly, spending our days with young energy makes these goals much easier than it would be if we occupied individual cubicles all day! Who can deny the wonder that exists in the mundane when spending the day with a two year old who is new to and excited by…. well…. everything? Who doesn’t get even a little bit excited themselves when watching a six year old discover that letters put together make words on a page. Young people make our day to day tasks easier to get excited about.
And yet, every so often, the excitement of future travel creeps in and the grass looks a whole lot greener on the other side of the border crossing. Thoughts of exotic sights, sounds, and foods dance in our minds. Daydreams of foreign adventures ebb, flow, and intermix with more mundane thoughts throughout the day. Of course there will be trials, we tell ourselves! But won’t they be fun?! And exotic challenges are far more exciting than normal everyday challenges!
Honestly, even I giggle at our own view of long term travel- as seen through a lovely pair of rose colored glasses. Past travel has, of course, taught us that the only “exotic challenges” that have any sort of “fun”, “exciting”, or otherwise positive sheen to them are those you are seeing in your rearview mirror. Likewise, “exotic challenges” have a strange way of feeling like “normal everyday challenges” when you are dealing with them in the moment! And yet it is just so easy (and fun!) to imagine everyday from the day we begin our longterm travel as rainbow colored and full of unicorns and kittens. It makes trudging along today seem worth it. But what if we could change the focus and view today as a step on our journey instead of as a means to an end?
When we look back in our rearview mirrors these days leading up to our trek around the globe could be as beautiful as the adventures that follow.
And so that is what we strive for. To see the adventure and the beauty in the experiences we inhabit right now. To do otherwise would be to contradict our very deepest conviction…. that life is a gift and every moment should be lived with purpose, passion and integrity and that no plan, no hope, nothing that can be done right now should ever be put off until “someday”.