I am having a personal crisis!
I’ve decided that I don’t want to spend my life locked in an office, working 9 or 10 hours every day just to come back home at the end of the day and realize I don’t have the energy to drink a cup of tea. I am also very dissatisfied with the way in which adulthood turned out to be. They don’t tell you this from the start. They lure you into this imaginary world, where you are allowed to do everything you want and you can eat all the candy in the world. But they don’t tell you about the cavities that come afterwards.
Is it possible to live the life you want without having your soul captured by the need to work, have a house, a career, a car, kids and so on?
Apparently it is.
Matt and Jessica Johnson (both 32 years old) give me hope that magic can happen and we can still follow our dreams now, without having to wait until retirement to travel the world. Don’t get me wrong; I admire those who can still find it in themselves to travel when they are older, but I don’t want to wait for years to take my first trip around the continents. Somehow, it doesn’t seem fair.
But these two found it in them to leave their jobs and go live on the sea. The two of them and their cat Georgie. It all started in 2008 when they bought a boat because they didn’t want to put off their dreams any longer. After three years of practice they sold their house, their cars, quit their jobs, and sailed into the deep waters. The money resulted from here was the main fund for their trip. In 2012 they adopted their adorable cat that’s been sailing with them since then. So far they’ve visited 16 countries and they don’t intend to stop here.
Who would stop after traveling to places like Peru, Bahamas, Jamaica or Cuba?
“Our lives were the typical American Dream. Go to school, get married, buy a house, start a career. So far we’ve also left out the part of having 2.5 kids.”
“‘For too long we had spent all of our weekends in front of the TV without ever doing anything productive or enjoyable. We realised this needed to change.”
“‘I think that sailing the world has been great for our relationship. There’s no walking away from an argument when one person gets mad at the other, you have to keep working together until the job is done.”
“‘We’d also been hearing stories from so many others that had been putting their dream on hold until retirement and for one reason or another (health, financial, etc.) until their dreams were no longer attainable. We never wanted that to be us.”
Do you want this to be you? I don’t! All I have to do now is find myself a Matt and a Georgie and we can sail into the sunset. Any offers?