About This Blog…
What’s your dream? Mine has always been to travel the world. Coincidentally, I also have a passion for writing.
I am by no means an expert on anything and I assure you, I’m not trying to sell you anything. The purpose of this blog is to inspire people. Everyday people just like me who had a dream but could never quite make it a reality. To encourage people not to wait until it’s too late thinking to themselves I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve and if only…. Be courageous and reach for whatever it is you desire.
Time waits for no man or woman and honestly, we’re all running out of it! That’s exactly what this blog is all about.
Through my work as a nurse, having sat by many people in their final moments, I’ve realized that many folks when they come to the end of their journey here on earth are afraid to die. It’s not that they are afraid of death itself but rather, that they are afraid of leaving unfinished business here on earth, it’s the regrets that get us in the end.
Using my grand-parents as a prime example; yes, from an outsiders perspective, you might say that they lived a wholesome life. The truth is however, that they worked their entire lives to buy a house and stay in one spot until they died. That was never the life I wanted for myself…
Before I get into the blog, I’d like to give you a quick synopsis on how it all came to fruition. First of all let me introduce myself, my name is Raphael, I am 34 years old and currently reside in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada; in a quaint yet lively Gulf Island Community. I live with my 36-year-old girlfriend and her beautiful 6-year-old son.
I am a freelance writer and this is my first project. I am very excited to get started and share our story with you.
About three months ago, our landlord decided she wanted her house back at the beginning of September, 2018. We were faced with a very difficult decision and our options seemed limited. We could try to find another rental here on the island or relocate to another community nearby. Honestly, neither option really appealed to us.
For days, we brainstormed and researched our possible options for accommodations and the rental prices in our area had become outrageous over the past few years. We entertained the idea of quitting our jobs and travelling.
It seemed like a good idea but rather unrealistic. After all, she had a flourishing career as a financial advisor at a local bank, I had a decent paying job at a nursing home and her son was already established in his school and community. The idea was crazy, it would never work; or would it?
As the days went by, we started to entertain this dream-like idea of leaving everything we know behind us and stepping into the unknown. Through extensive conversations, we discovered that we both at one point in our lives had a dream to travel the world and experience different cultures. Somewhere in the midst of it all, we’d lost sight of that dream.
Maybe it was complacency, or the simple comfort of stability and familiarity, or maybe it was just plain fear. Regardless, we both realized that we had grown up and lived most of our lives in one small area and had never really allowed ourselves the opportunity to see what this beautiful world has to offer. There was always another excuse.
We wanted to do it so badly, but how? How would we make money? What if something bad happened? What would other people think? All the what ifs, it just seemed too overwhelming.
A few weeks after our eviction notice, my girlfriend was diagnosed with early stage Multiple Sclerosis. That sealed the deal! In that very moment, we realized how so precious and fleeting this life really is. We had to at least try it out. If not, we would end up being the people on our deathbeds haunted by the ghosts of what could have been.
“Let’s do it!”, we exclaimed. We purchased non-refundable one-way tickets to Mexico and now there’s no turning back, we’re doing it! We’re quitting our jobs, selling most of our material possessions and taking a leap of faith. It’s really happening! There’s really no way to caption how exciting it really is to finally have the opportunity to live our dream without being cheesy.
Our goal is to travel for as long as time and circumstances will permit and to deliver to you the readers a raw authentic travel experience as seen through our eyes. The is no final destination and no end in sight. Join us a we share the good, the bad and the ugly!
All of this so when we come to the end of our road, we can truly say that we lived a life we chose!