It’s a phrase that can make our stomach churn. Your phone pings and Facebook gleefully notifies you that “You have Facebook memories to look back on today”. Sometimes they’re so horrifying that you think you should just delete them, even if they are seven years old and unlikely to be dug up by anyone else, they’re still out there in the public!
But sometimes you get a gem. One that leaves you smiling all day, or one that makes you reminisce fondly. Today I had a gem of a memory.
On this day two years ago I made this post…
It’s funny how things work out. Two years ago I was reminiscing on a bluewater spearfishing drift I did in the Coral Sea aboard Bianca Charters (do you like the pillies stuck in my weight belt for burly?) while dreaming of owning a yacht and sailing away. And today I own one.
It’s been the most constant life goal that I have had since I first went sailing in 2011, but at the same time it’s one that I only half-jokingly shared with people.
“What do you want to do with your life?”, they’d ask.
“Buy a yacht and sail away!”, I’d laugh.
Or, if it was someone more serious I was talking to I would probably say something like, “Start a marketing agency to help grow other businesses”, while really I’d be thinking “Help other businesses from my laptop while working from my yacht in the pacific ocean, not in some city office”.
I never took myself that seriously either when it came to this dream. I knew it was something I desperately wanted to do at some point, but it was the who, where, what, when and why that my mind was stuck on – the finer details.
But after four and a half years of dreaming while getting caught up in study, career, relationships, and the day-to-day parade of life, I realised that I may never have the who, where, what, when and why’s figured out. Did I need to know every last detail before I took the plunge? Or could I figure it out as I went – everything from how to sail to how a light switch works?
In my gut I knew that it was something I wanted, maybe even needed, to do. It was that cross-road where overwhelming excitement meets fear of change and the unknown. And when you follow that feeling you’ll often find it’s where all of life’s best experiences come from.
Sometimes you just have to trust yourself that it’ll work out, no matter which way the pendulum swings, because you’re going to get much more enjoyment from trying something new rather than sticking with the mundane. I’m definitely one of those people who thinks life has a funny way of working out exactly how it’s supposed to.
So I had to take the plunge, just to see.
And on this day, in another two years time, who knows where I’ll be!