If you had a chance to start it over, would you? Seriously. I don't mean a "do over" in that you go back to the beginning and try for a different outcome. I mean, if you have to chance to really make a significant change to your life, your world, everything you are used to, would you?
I have been thinking about this lately. Dreaming. Wondering about myself. Am I just a dreamer or could I be a do-er?
Can't imagine what I am talking about? Ok. Here you go...
For whatever reason, you or your spouse come into a sizable amount of money. Sizable meaning, more than you have ever seen but no millions of dollars lottery thing. But enough to really change your "normal". Maybe just enough to cover paying off your house, car or cars, student loans, and any credit card debts with enough left over to to have a cushion. Like $10,000. You can't retire, but wow, this could really change stuff, right? Maybe you are a Dave Ramsey nerd and you are getting all excited in that you could be free! Your suburban life just got easier and you can go to work everyday and not worry so much. Maybe your wife can stop working and stay home with your kids now. Maybe your husband can go look for his dream job. Maybe you can go back to school to advance your career. Maybe that private school tuition doesn't give you a stomach ache. Whatever. What an awesome change!
You pay it all off. Take the two paid for cars and trade them in for a used four wheel drive truck and a Jeep. (Still no payments.) You sell the house and all but your favorite belongings. You get the school records for your kids and take off and start over. Who has this chance? Maybe your heart has dreamt of being a ski instructor or surf school teacher. Maybe you long for desert sunsets or the ocean waves. Maybe you feel drawn to work the land or paint or teach others about Jesus. Maybe the solitude of a mountain cabin calms your soul. Whatever it is, you have the chance to leave behind your old life and start over. Could you do it?
I have wondered this about myself and about my family. Could we just change and leave, with basically nothing. No debt, but no stuff either, and downsize, live simply and happily on less than ever before. Would our lives be as rich or more so? Would our kids hate us forever or would they grow up thinking life is good? Could we change the path we are all on before the groove is so deep that there no way we could get out?
Could you do it?
1. I am grateful we went ahead and let our oldest have a new friend over for a sleepover.
2. I am grateful my dear hubby gave me some alone time away from this girls this afternoon. I needed it.
3. I am grateful for my dreams of a simple life. They may be just dreams right now, but without them I would not have such a clear picture of what to work for.