Follow your own path, no matter what people say.~Karl Marx
Tina’s challenge this week couldn’t be more fitting as we finalize our plans to sell our apartment, put most of our belongings into storage, and continue traveling for another year.
It’s a dream we’ve had for decades. We’ve applied for jobs in Alaska, in China, in Botswana, and Yugoslavia. None of them came to fruition. So in the meantime, we’ve worked hard and dreamed of packing our suitcases for extended stays around the globe.
Over the years, our path in life has taken us to 6 states within America, but we will always be New Yorkers.
Our careers have taken us on a winding path from New York to New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and back to Michigan again. Exasperated friends and family ask us, “Where are you living now?” We’ve made our home in cities big and small, in suburban enclaves on cul-de-sacs, and on a rural road with a view of the White Mountains and Lake Winnepesaukee.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.~Henry David Thoreau
At long last, our travels began in earnest in January. Our first road trip took us through Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
Our adventures continued in Europe. We didn’t want to stop.
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being.~Rumi
On this path let the heart be your guide.~Rumi
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.~Sarah Ban Breathnach
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.~Anatole France
As we share our plans with others, some people are incredulous; a few are worried about the logistics. But a good number of people tell us that we are living their dream. I hope they heed the siren’s call. They won’t regret it.
Yes, it is a daunting task to leave the relative safety of home, of the familiar. It takes humility and an open mind to immerse yourself in another culture, stumble through a new language, and navigate through the logistics of everyday life, but I can tell you what I’ve learned so far: it is worth it. To be blunt, we all have a relatively short time on earth. Life is precious, but precarious. So is good health. Dreams that last a lifetime need to be heeded. They can bring tremendous joy and satisfaction if they are fulfilled, and bitterness if they are not.
And so, our journey continues.
Thanks again to Tina for hosting this week’s “Path” challenge, and to all of our participants for their responses. I will post the next challenge on Saturday, September 29th at noon. I hope you join us!
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And finally, have an inspiring week!