Over the past few days I have communicated with readers who have used the word “afraid” when talking about entering the Workamping lifestyle, or even “afraid” to dream about it. On the last post we discussed where dreams originate and how the conscious and subconscious literally battle with each other in our minds.
To experience your dreams you must be willing to take risks in your life and not play it safe all of the time! To help you grasp the full implication of what I am saying, consider the following analogy. Take yourself back to when you were a child playing at the neighborhood swimming pool, and you watched in amazement and with a degree of admiration at “the neighborhood kid” who went right up the diving tower, and dived off the high diving board without any hesitation whatsoever. Can you remember the feelings which you harbored in yourself, as you watched him take the first “risky” dive into the water below? If you are like me, and actually most of us, you probably lost just a little bit of your own self-respect at that time, until out of sheer embarrassment, you too mustered up enough courage to climb the tower and take that first dive. Reflecting into your memories, see if you can recollect how good you felt once you actually made the plunge and proved to the world that you could do it too. Can you see it? Can you feel it?
Now let’s bring your mind back to the present day. Let it become fully aware of the thousands of men and women today who–like a young child looking longingly at the high diving board–would dearly love to quit their jobs, retire, whatever term you wish to use, and set out on an independent path and see America behind the wheel of their RV. However, due to their overwhelming fear of failure, many of these unfortunate people never quite work up enough courage to step out and actually take the plunge. As a result, such individuals miss out on many of the opportunities that life holds for us all, and what is even sadder, they never get a chance to actually dive into the depths of their inner resources. Since they’re afraid they might not make it, afraid they might lose, afraid they might fail, they simply choose to maintain the status quo and do nothing. The true irony is, that even if a person works to attempt to avoid all risks, he or she will still inevitably end up failing from time to time! But the point is, so what? What difference does it really make? What most folks never realize, “failing” does not make us a “failure”, and the only time we do become a failure is when we decide to stop trying any more.
I know you may falter along the way, we all do! Just remember, even if we falter along the way as we dream to experience the Workamping lifestyle, or any dream of your choosing, we never really fail because we always retain the capacity to try once more.
Until next time….