For many, many years it has been our dream to buy a little patch of land and a house in a quiet, secluded place. Preferably Ireland, we dream.
We dream of setting up a workshop for Mike, working together to live a slower pace of life, with room for the children to run and play safely, with chickens and a couple of animals and home grown food and a small community nearby.
That’s been our dream for many years.
The thing is, our dream was always happening “in a couple of years”. And those couple of years never arrived. No matter how much time has passed, each time one year ended and another began we’d say to each other, “Perhaps next year we won’t be here.”, “Perhaps next year we’ll have done it.”.
But guess what, we’re still here and still no closer to it. Meanwhile life goes on, the children continue to grow like weeds, and we, much as I hate to say it, aren’t getting younger.
What to do? Do we make the decision to throw caution to the wind, jump in with both feet and go for it or do we keep doing as we’re doing… and put it off til “next year”.
We found two very strong potentials in the last week. One of which fits our vision perfectly.
Of course, we need to finish off the decorating quick sharp and sell our house at the right price, and we need to make sure the figures work out, and then there’s sorting out new mortgages and dealing with estate agents and having to run around after the kids trying to clear up a trail of mess while you stress about yet another viewing to conduct and the risk, don’t forget the risk but…we’d need to do all that “next year” wouldn’t we?
No matter when we finally decided it was time to stop talking and start doing we’d be taking a gamble on starting a new life, and we’d have to deal with all the fun stuff like estate agents and viewings and new mortgages and…
So tell me at which point do we finally say enough to “next year” and say that actually, this is the year we change our lives.
Or do we just talk about the dream forever and one day find that we’re too old, the children have left home and that our dream remained exactly that?