April 5th, 2012
WARNING! This post is full of videos, that may or may not contain (bad) dancing.
One year ago I was on a plane to Costa Rica. And one year ago a month ago, I decided to buy the ticket. It felt like it was the boldest thing I’d ever done at the time…deciding to move to another country for 5 weeks to run my business from the beach.
What if I don’t like it? I asked. (Which seems preposterous now…why WOULDN’T someone like working from the beach??) What if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to? What if that apartment I just paid for via PayPal to a person I’d never met doesn’t actually exist? What if I can’t find my way around? What if the Internet doesn’t work and I can’t reach my clients? What if I go broke? What if I get kidnapped by a rogue gang of Ticos?
What if, what if, what if.
But yet, I bought the ticket.
Even though I felt sick to my stomach when thinking about it. Even though I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to make it work or that I wouldn’t like it. Even though I literally made myself sick right before I left.
One year ago I got on that plane and since then, every single thing in my life is different.
That ONE decision sent my world spinning on an entirely new axis. One of freedom, adventure, friendship, fulfillment, peace. Ever since then I’ve been living my life exactly the way I want to. Traveling when I want, being stationary when I want. I put what was left of my possessions in a storage unit. I lived in Austin, saw 26 of the US states via a 34’ RV, lived in another country, started a new business, discovered things about myself I never knew were there, and formed a friendship and partnership with someone who I know for sure will be in my life forever and ever. All in the course of one year.
My life’s goals have changed since then. I’m more me than I’ve ever been. Things are now happening in a way I couldn’t have dreamed up.
And I’m not saying this to brag. I’m saying this to show you what’s possible for you if you’re willing to take risks. If you’re willing to do the scary, yet exciting thing. When you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone and DECIDE to live life the way you want to.
I took a risk. I did things differently than I ever had in the past. I decided I wanted to do something and I did it. I walked into the unknown, scared as shit, but I went anyway. And I honestly feel sick to my stomach thinking about what my life would be like had I not gotten on that plane, one year ago.
So if you’re wondering if you should move to New York, quit your job, travel abroad, write that book, start a movement, find your long lost family member, move to California, become a dancer, the answer is an big fat YES. It’s the only way to live an extraordinary life. Do things that scare you. That force you to grow. That have been in the back of your mind. And I swear on my favorite cowboy boots that your life will open up to you in ways you couldn’t even dream up. DO IT. You can’t not. Your life is calling.
I can’t wait to hear from you a year from now.
What is it that you’ve been wanting to do? What dreams have you been stifling? Leave a comment below.