There was a time when I had a wife, a young daughter, a job, a dog and a household. I miss those days.
Today, my daughter is grown, I am single and I work for myself; my office is wherever I can get an Internet connection. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time and I answer to no one.
After being tied down (in a good way) with family and financial obligations for many years, I am now free to do what I want, when I went, where I want. And yet, I have continued to live and work in the same seventy-mile radius that I’ve always lived and worked in.
Lately I’ve been thinking: What good is the freedom to pick up and go if you never actually pick up and go? Knowing you have the freedom to do something can be enormously satisfying, yet never actually taking advantage of the opportunity is, at best, a lack of imagination and, at worst, a chronic case of inertia.
A few weeks ago, I was walking along a nature trail in Wisconsin when the thought casually crossed my mind that winter would soon be here. Instantly, I was filled with such dread that I decided on the spot, “That’s it. I’m outta here. I’m going to Encinitas.” I stopped in my tracks and thought, Did I just decide to move to Encinitas? I think I did. I guess I have to go then. So off I go to California for five months. I’ll meet new people, see new places and have new adventures. Twenty-five more days and I’ll be gazing at the ocean instead of a snowbank.
The window of opportunity is wide open and beckoning. My daughter has no kids and my mom is healthy, happy and active. Perhaps I’ll be in another relationship someday. Perhaps not. Perhaps I’ll have grandcubs someday. Perhaps not. The only thing I know for sure is that today will never come again. And did I mention the ocean is waiting to be gazed at?
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of my comfort zone crumbling into dust. Good riddance.
California, here I come!
You don’t have to fight to live as you wish. Live as you wish and pay whatever price is required.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.