Live in the Caribbean…that was my dream.
What is your dream?
Every day down here, whether I’m working at the bar, hanging out at happy hour, or relaxing on the beach, I hear the same thing from vacationing tourists…”You are so lucky that you live in the Caribbean, I wish I could do something like that.” To that I always say without hesitation “DO IT!“
Life is short. Too short not to be happy.
Those people who say that I’m lucky want to live in the Caribbean, but maybe you want to experience the world or quit your job…or perhaps you just want to learn a new language or a new sport. Whatever it is, you actually have to DO SOMETHING to make it happen. I am not discounting the fact that luck may play a role. For instance, it was luck that Alisa was in the bar that night we met, however, it took me actually DOING SOMETHING to get her number, go out on a date two days later, and, well, the rest is history…
I am very grateful to have a partner with me for this journey (and a very organized one at that), parents who are supportive and let us keep our things in their houses and use their address for “official” purposes, and be healthy enough to go on these adventures. However, anyone with a clear goal can develop a path to make it a reality. The key is very simple…
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT!
For me, at this time in my life, I want to live in the Caribbean. Do you want to be a Vice President at a great company (or maybe even CEO)? That’s great…keep working hard, take initiative, dress well and offer good ideas. Do you want to travel to 50 countries? Well you probably need to figure out a way to save money for the journey or fund it as you go (our path of choice), determine where you want to go and when, and then book your tickets. You can worry about the details after that (I go into some of those “details” in 5 Steps To A Big Life Change). What you definitely don’t need is a rich uncle to fund your journey (yes I have been asked if I have one).
You also need to be creative. If your goal is to travel, for example, can you do your job virtually or consult remotely? Maybe you can learn a new skill to help pay your way (mine was bartending). Or perhaps you can sell something big to help fund your journey (Gary Arndt sold his house in 2007 and hasn’t stopped traveling since).
To close, I will reiterate that you make your own luck. Sure, some things need to go your way but that is irrelevant if you don’t take the first step and develop a plan to make your dream a reality. Life is short. Sure I am concerned that I don’t have a growing 401k or a successful “career,” but what makes up for that tenfold is the fact that I am enjoying every day of my life and making new memories all the time. Oh yeah, and I live in the f@&#ing Caribbean!