I'm one-hundred percent sure that if today was the the year 1800, I would be packing my Conestoga wagon and heading toward the setting sun to explore the western expanses of North America.
In my first sixty years, I have owned two Landcruisers, five Defender Land Rovers, three monohull
sailboats, and one catamaran
. All of these conveyances were my 21st century Conestoga wagons that made it possible for me to live my dreams.
made it possible to sail around the world on the ocean of our dreams
The Landcruisers made it possible to explore Mexico
, all of Central America
, and Puerto Rico
. The Defenders made it possible to explore Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Emirates, and the outback of Australia
. I still have two Defenders ready to drive from Capetown to Cairo and from Buenos Aires to Alaska
For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do with my life seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile. It doesn't matter whether I drive down a hundred foot sand dune, sail through pirate alley, or voyage across an ocean, I still get a feeling that I am really alive and am accomplishing something that's important to me. I'm living my dreams, and although it's a lot of work, costs lots of money
, and spends the currency of my youth, that doesn't matter, because I'm doing what I want to do with my life as I live without regrets.
On the wall in front of me I have a graphic emblazoned in large red letters:
Those letters mean, WHAT WOULD STEVE DO?
I've always admired Steve Irwin and his outrageous ability to get the most out of life. Whenever I feel like chickening out and surrendering my dreams, I look up at my WWSD sign, and I remind myself that if Steve was still here, he would be living his dreams, and that there's no reason that I shouldn't be living my dreams.
It's my dreams that get me up in the morning and keep me going all day long. It's my dreams that keep me sailing, and someday will take me around the world in my Land Rover Defenders. When I'm out sailing on the seven seas and travelling in my Defenders, I can feel the freedom bubble up in my heart.
Once you have a taste of freedom and live your dreams, you are hooked for life, and nothing else will do.
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