Perdido Sunrise

Back in 2010 I took a shot of rum and hit the “Send” button on my resignation letter. I had been thinking about it for months and several events conspired to convince me the time was finally right.

The very next day I was in the car driving to lunch with a good friend, whose opinion I greatly respect, discussing my plans for the future. After he got over the initial “You’re crazy…what in the hell are you doing?” reaction, he said “Truthfully Bo, I’m really proud of you and I wish I had the balls to do what you’re doing.”

But that’s not the part of the story that I like. This next part is the part that’s so great.

Several months later he asked me if I remembered how he said he wished he could do what I was doing. He continued to tell me that he’d recently been given a great opportunity to make a change and work for a different company. But when he realized he had options, he realized how happy he was in his current situation.

He loved his life and where it was headed and the last thing he wanted to do was make a change.

That was the most inspirational thing I’d heard in a while.

He wasn’t looking at somebody else’s life, wishing he had something they had. He had taken responsibility of his own life and realized that he was already living the one he wanted.

As I mentioned earlier this week, every time someone says “Your life sounds nice, but some of us have to work for a living”, a small part of me dies inside. They’re all people with options, whether they realize it or not.

Sure, they have obstacles or things that may be holding them back, but they’re almost always temporary. Maybe a house payment or a car payment or a credit card. But some of you use the dog as an excuse. Or the car. Or my personal favorite…”but I just bought this really nice couch…”

And I want to clarify something really quick. Do I think everybody should quit their stable, well-paying job to move onto a boat? Um, no.

Some of my biggest inspirations are people living dreams much different than mine. Dreams of ending gendercide or ministering to stay-at-home moms or giving the homeless hope or teaching Guatemalan ladies life skills or having a successful marriage or providing for their family or raising their kids into real life functioning adults.

Dreams much more impressive and worthy than many of mine.

Their dreams.

But if you’re not there yet—if you’re just watching these crazy dreamer people from the sidelines—listen up because this is important.

Don’t get caught up in the Instagram Effect. Anyone living their dream will tell you that it’s not all rainbows and sunsets and pinterested cake pops.

There is risk and sacrifice and unknown.

Minutes after you sail off into the glorious sunset of dreamland, you’ll find yourself floating alone in dark uncharted waters with the threat of storms and reefs and, yes, giant squid.

But that. That journey. That’s what makes the sunrise on the other side so spectacular.

Bo is currently living in Orange Beach, Alabama working towards checking #31 off his bucket list. If you’d like to be a part of the adventure, consider sponsoring a mile.