I hope the title of this little ditty has gotten your attention. I have an amazing life. It’s true. I do.
More about that in a second. But first I want to clear one thing up.
My life is not perfect. I struggle and have frustrations. A project my wife and I have spent a good part of the year working on has taken longer to get off the ground than we hoped. Now, less than a week before Christmas we’re trying to figure out our for the 17th time revised budget for the end of the year. Oh, and then we just spilled a cup of tea on our laptop. Yes, a whole cup of tea on our MacBook Pro. That hurt.
Before I go on to elaborate about my amazing life I have to point out some of the struggles and frustrations because not doing so would portray a less than full — and hence less than accurate — picture of who we are.
We have an amazing life because we have figured out the things that are most important to us and we pursue those things first.
Some people would look at the few meager presents under our tree or our bare kitchen cupboards and think we live a pretty lowly existence.
Given the choice between oodles of presents under the tree and a kitchen stocked with enough food to feed an army or two months of travel followed by enjoying the holidays with family and time on the ski slopes, I’d choose….
I’d choose the travel.
I’d choose enjoying the holidays.
I’d choose to ski.
Actually, I already did choose.
Last month, after 6 weeks of travel in Central America, we were at our final destination of Playa El Tunco, El Salvador. Often, the end of a big trip is marked with sadness. When you’re heading off at the beginning of a trip, there’s an anticipation. When you’re headed home, that thing you’ve looked forward to for so long is gone. It’s behind you. History.
Now, we were in El Tunco. That thing we had looked forward to for so long was gone. It was behind us. History.
Yet I had no end-of-trip blues.
I was excited.
Excited to return to the States and spend Thanksgiving with my wife’s family in Santa Barbara. Excited to return to return to our home in Tahoe. Excited to go out into the forest and cut down our Christmas tree and deck our halls for the holidays.
Excited to go skiing.
What an amazing life! We leave Tahoe the first week of October. We spend time in Southern California before flying to Central America. We travel for 6 weeks in Central America. We fly back to Southern California just in time for Thanksgiving. We return to Tahoe just in time for the Christmas season — and just as the good snow is starting to fall making for some great powder days on the slopes.
I’ll be the first to admit that we’d like a little more financial latitude this holiday season. I’d love to have gotten my wife that gift I had in mind to get her. We’d love to do a big grocery run and get all the fixin’s for an un-ending holiday feast.
But we made our choice.
We could have had those things.
We chose travel, time with family, and skiing instead.
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