Back in May, we were spending three days at a B&B in Montezuma, Iowa. It was planting time. Our host and his crew operated on multiple farms, working past dark to plant the corn on 4700 acres. He wasn't home yet when we went to bed, and he was gone already by the time we got up. A former teacher, Doug and his wife Stacy had decided to continue their families' farming tradition. They're the third generation. One afternoon Doug texted Stacy from the cab of his two-story tractor. "We're living the dream, Baby. We're living the dream."
Earlier this week, I visited my friend Vicki and her husband Monty on their boat in Edmonds, Washington. They moved from their family home five years ago onto their sailboat, Adessa. Tomorrow they leave Edmonds for San Francisco, then Mexico. Their plan is to spend summers in the Pacific Northwest, their winters in the warmer climates. Both of them are terrified - Monty of the financial uncertainty, Vicki of giving up the life she knows. But this life has been calling them for years. You're living the dream, Monty and Vicki.
Two and a half years ago, after my mother died, my sister Alyx and her husband Virgil left their jobs in southern California, where they'd stayed to help out my mother. They bought a motorhome and spent two months driving to Alaska. They lived in Homer for six months, then moved to Kenai. Virgil got a job as a WalMart manager and Alyx worked part time at the community college. Virgil is a lifelong fisherman and Alaska has the best of it. In two weeks Alyx starts nursing school in Anchorage. They will both be 56 this year. Alyx and Virgil are living the dream.
I've been not working for just over a year. The first year we took 14 trips. Must have been a dream of mine! We've been home since mid-May and have enjoyed the quieter time and the summer garden, but we have several more trips planned over the next eight months. For me, living the dream is the freedom to choose. To take what comes along each day. To change what I can, accept what I can't, be grateful for what I have. To be ready to live the next part of the dream when it comes along.
Living the dream - what does it look like to you?