Take Action

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

— Benjamin Disraeli.

I almost cried just now… but I stopped myself.

Walking down the waterfront Riva in Vis Town for the final time, with all our physical possessions pulled along in a couple of suitcases, getting ready to board the ferry to leave Vis after having lived here for the last four weeks.

I think it was a combination of:

  1. Being overcome with a sense of sadness for leaving this breathtaking island, and
  2. A feeling of gratitude that I even have the opportunity to put myself on this journey… which, in itself, is a minor miracle.

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In 2014, I was living a life much like any middle-class American… I had a great job that I loved, I was paid well, I had a mortgage and a family, and two cars, and monthly bills, and a commute… you get the idea.

I began to challenge myself in many ways… to push myself in ways that would make me slightly uncomfortable. I traveled solo for the first time in my life. I ‘participated’ in a naturist beach. It was not a pretty sight. I tested the presumption that I had always been an introvert by nature. I became interested in expanding my horizons and seeing how else I could experience personal growth.

I was inspired by stories of expats who were living more balanced, fulfilled lives abroad. I had always been interested in travel. I had amazing experiences living abroad during most of my youth… and it shaped me.

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… And I decided to Take Action.

I came up with a plan. Not a perfect plan, but an idea… something to guide me. I embraced Financial Independence and got my financial life in order. I committed to my personal meditation and yoga practice. I began this blog… still very much a work in progress, as you can see. 😉

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And now my girlfriend and I have plunged head first.

We:

  1. Quit our careers,
  2. Sold our possessions,
  3. Obtained our Spanish residency visas,
  4. Visited family in the US
  5. Spent a month living on Vis

Now we are on our way to Montenegro to see friends before landing in Valencia, Spain to begin what I call Life 2.0.

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Don’t get me wrong. There are moments are dread. There really isn’t much opportunity to go back. Some of that is by design. “It will all be ok,” I tell myself. And usually, I believe myself.

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This is scary.

This is exhilarating.

But it is all worth it.

And none of it would have happened if I had not had the courage to Take Action.

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