Living your dream!
Just the other day I met Rick at a work conference. He used to be a sales guy, quit his job because after 10 years working for corporate America he wanted to climb the Himalaya. He tried it three times until he made it and survived a huge storm descending the mountain. And because of all the things happened to him throughout his life, he decided to start working as a coach. Now he teaches life experience and is very successful doing it.
You can become whatever you want to become
I am always surprised when I meet people in the US who have been working all kinds of jobs. They started as an engineer, then moved on to a teacher position, and after that worked as a volunteer somewhere in South America. Returning to the US, they work in an animal shelter now. They are very content and happy with a purpose in life and loving what they are doing.
Somehow I feel that Americans are much more open and more adventurous when it comes to living their dreams. They actually re-think their life adventure pretty often, compared to Germans. When you select a job in Germany, you normally stay working in the same field of expertise. It is very seldom that you would make such drastic changes. There are people who haven’t even changed the company in their whole business life, they started working and going into retirement with the same company. Well, o.k. why not, on the other hand there is so much more out there if you want to go out there.
Do you have enough courage?
Often people just don’t have the courage to start all over again or try out something else. Why? Is it because they are scared to fail? Is it because the dream isn’t that big of a dream to try it out? Maybe they don’t have a dream but use all of their passion doing a hobby or a sport? I don’t know why the cultural difference is so big. Maybe it is because Americans don’t mind moving to a different state as soon as there is a better opportunity. Maybe they are not so stuck in their lives?
Since I live in the US I have met some amazing Germans though, the kind of people I have never met while living in Germany. Germans with a lot of courage doing what they always wanted to do. Trying out new businesses, traveling around the US for years, giving their children different perspectives and teaching them openness and diversity. I love it and I am so glad that I have met all of these people.
What do you want to do with your life?
And how amazing is it to find out your neighbor used to be a painter, then became a football coach and now is an author writing essays. I love these kind of people. They give me inspiration and courage to carry on with my own journey of doing what I want to do. Not looking back, wondering if I wouldn’t have moved a couple of times in my life, maybe I would be further up the promotion ladder in the company I used to work for. I would probably have much more money or more stuff (which I don’t need) or more whatever. But does this really make me more happy?
We have been traveling up and down the West Coast 17 years ago when our son was a baby. I still think about these journeys and all the great places. So many things we saw and did while we took time off from work and travelled around with an RV. I will never forget the feeling of freedom, the happiness when we were just driving from one place to the other without a plan. On the other hand I can’t remember the car I was driving 17 years ago.
No, I am where I want to be and it is good like this. No, I don’t look back, it is how it was supposed to be.
The Miracle Morning
And a couple of months ago I once again quit my job to do whatever I want to do. To have the freedom and the control over what I am interested in doing.
I just finished reading the book ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod. It is about his life journey and what he had to go through that made him the person he is now. https://halelrod.com
It is very interesting and gives you some new perspectives. Check it out, if you are interested and maybe start with a little change in your life, one step after the other. It is never too late to do what you want to do.
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