I’m a follow my gut kind of gal. Ask me where I want to go for dinner and I’ll hem and haw and be indecisive. But ask me to make a huge, potentially life changing decision and I’ll do it right there on the spot based on what my gut & intuition say at the time. Lucky for me, whenever I’ve made those quick spur of the moment choices, they’ve always worked out. And so I’ve become the sort of person who loves to take a leap of faith and try something new or crazy that my gut is telling me will work out just fine.
That’s not to say that making those choices isn’t scary or that I always make the right choice. Being courageous and brave doesn’t happen unless there is also fear involved for you to face. Leaping means you’re opening yourself up to disappointment or injury, but it also means you’re opening yourself up to life, to excitement, to happiness. It means risking humiliation and failure in exchange for the possibility of success. Taking a leap of faith is a gamble… you’re betting on contentment and happiness at the end of the day…and hoping for success.
This trip is the biggest leap of faith that Kyle and I have ever taken. We’re betting everything…our life here in ABQ, our home, our jobs, everything we’ve ever owned together….it’s all going on the table and we’re hoping our number comes up!
And now we’re down to a mere 14 days until we leave. Excitement, anticipation, and a bit of disbelief & panic are starting to set in.
So many questions: Are we ready? Will we finish up everything on our To Do List in time? Have we lost our freakin’ minds?
But there is also a lot of excitement and anticipation to focus on: What will Ecuador be like? Will we really be fluent in Spanish in only 4 weeks time? What will it be like to live on the road and carry our home on our backs like a snail? We’re leaving to travel the world! How amazing is that?!
And now it’s back to the To Do List….
Of course you made the right decision!
And, I’ll bet 5 years or so from now you will actually make that decision AGAIN and we’ll all be saying ‘bye for now’ as you both head back out into the sunset. That’s the thing with following your dreams…once you really get the taste for it, the alternative seems lousy. When I think of the two of you trekking the world for the next year it sounds completely reasonable. Sensible even.
Kat & Kyle says
Thanks, Kelly! You’re absolutely right! Hope to see ya before we go.
Only seven days left until you leave. It seems like last week that you shared the thrilling news that you two had become a couple. Not so long ago really. Fun and funky, serious and sincere, your love for each other, for your family and friends, and for the friends you haven’t met yet, always inspires us to take the next step in our own exciting journeys. Also, I have high hopes that you will share some of the great recipes you pick up on your adventures. Yay for following your dreams!