Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them. (Thoreau)
I first stumbled across these words two years ago, although I believe they have always been inside of me. Since reading them for the first time, they have become a mantra for my life, as well as for my husband, Anthony's life. They speak and breathe into almost everything we do and every choice we make, constantly reminding us life is short and we are not exempt to the tragedy of a life lived without intention and purpose.
I have learned yes's, the joys in life that make us come alive, are at the center of who we are (thank you, Dan Allender, for this lesson). God invites us to acknowledge and honor our yes's by asking these simple questions,
What makes me come alive? What urges me to sing and dance? What makes my heart beat faster?
This idea is what fuels the fire behind our decision to sell everything we own and spend the next year of life traveling and exploring the world. I will honor my yes by writing about it.
As we take the next step towards our journey by inviting family, friends, and social media along for the ride, we feel it's important to say this is not a vacation for us. It is not a tourist trip or a bucket list adventure. While we will have relaxing, touristy, bucket list days, that is not our heart or agenda behind this decision.
This is also not an escape or a running away crisis. Rather, we are running toward the values we feel are important.
Because while we love Fort Collins and our tiny renovated home, a 9-5 job and retirement package is not the end all, at least not for us. We want to spend time together in our marriage - and not just on weekends and a yearly vacation.
Henry David Thoreau once wrote,
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I can't help but to read this and say AMEN because so much of our decision rests within this idea.
We are making a choice to alter our lifestyle and live deliberately.
So, we invite you to join us on this next chapter as we backpack our way through Europe, South East Asia, and South America. While we plan to travel for a year, we have no expectations for what this season will look like. We ask for prayers as we seek meaningful encounters and intimacy on the road - with the world, with God, and with each other.
Thank you to everyone who has already jumped on board with us in support and love. We are so thankful for the community we have in Fort Collins - you all love us so well.