Most of us have a list of things we do because we have to: working, housekeeping, cooking, errands, etc. And to some degree, we do have to do these things. We need money to support the life we want, we have to eat, we have to provide a home for our family. But what would all of that look like if you were FULLY living your life?
What Does FULLY Living Your Life Look Like?
Let’s break down some of those “have to’s,” shall we?
- Work: You need money to support the life you want. But how much money? Does it have to be made the way you currently make it? Are there other ways to make as much or more money and do the things you really want to do?
- Cooking: You need to eat, and you need to feed your family. But what do you need to eat? Do you always have to be the one to cook it? Can you get your partner to cook, or your kids, or get take-out sometimes? Does every meal have to be a five course gourmet display of your culinary skill?
- Housekeeping: You have to have a home, and provide one for your family. But what does that home have to look like? Can it be an RV that roams the country? A tiny home on a pretty patch of land? A gorgeous Mcmansion with lots of horses? A series of hotel rooms scattered around the world?
It’s exhausting sometimes when you live your life just doing the things you have to do. What if it didn’t have to be like that?
What would you do if money, time and other responsibilities weren’t a concern? If you were a free person, with no ties to anything or anyone, all the money you could possibly want, and all the time in the world, what would you do?
Really go deep here. I don’t want to hear about how you’d binge all the Netflix shows you don’t currently have time for, or read the pile of books beside your bed, or soak in a bubble bath before sinking into bed and sleeping for a month.
I want to hear about those secret dreams you haven’t shared with anyone. Maybe you dream of being a wildlife photographer traveling the world. Perhaps you want to write a book. You might adopt half a dozen children from a variety of countries. Maybe you want to move to a foreign country.
You Can Do It — No, Really!
No, you can’t blink your eyes and suddenly be living that dream life right now. But it’s not as far away as you think.
We all have the option to move closer to the life we dream of. It might be a tiny move, a step that’s barely noticeable in the grand scheme of things, but it exists. If you’re willing to take it.
It might mean saving up for a good camera, a dollar a week for however many years. Or sitting down with a notebook and a pen and handwriting a chapter a day. Maybe it’s researching the process for international adoption, or finding out what you’d need to do to get the paperwork rolling to move to that foreign country.
Or maybe that tiny move is just admitting that you have that secret dream life. Maybe it’s making that admission and then writing out a plan. Maybe it’s realizing that you’ll need to go back to school and figuring out how to make that happen.
What’s Holding You Back?
We both know that first step exists, so what’s holding you back from taking it?
Is it thinking that the money you’d need to save for it would take forever to save? As long as you’re not saving anything, it’s going to take even longer.
It’s too much work? If it’s what you really want to do, it shouldn’t feel like too much work. Yes, there might be times you struggle to find the desire, and there might be frustration, but if it’s what you really want, you should always be able to see that end result and believe that whatever you have to go through to get there is worth it.
You’re scared to even think about doing it? I know all about letting fear stand in your way. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: the only way the fear goes away is to confront it, deal with it, and do it anyway. If you’re sitting around waiting for the fear to go away on its own, you’re never going to get anywhere.
Worried about what people will think? What will they think if they find out you have always wanted to do something but never did it? More importantly, what will YOU think when someday, you’re on your death bed and you never did it?
Look deep within and ask yourself what’s holding you back. What’s stopping you from stepping toward fully living your life and doing what you want?