I think one must finally take one’s life in one’s arms. -Arthur Miller
Let’s talk about boundaries…
Boundaries are those either self-proclaimed or even real limitations on what you can do mentally or physically in life. They are the things that are holding us back from the things that we want to achieve, but some skill, some situation, some lack of resources, some thing we envision is in our way that we have to consciously strive to overcome it in order to break through.
About a year and half ago I was going through a crisis in my personal life. I was at my breaking point and needed to get the hell out of dodge to be alone and hear myself think! I emailed my boss that I was taking a personal day, tapped my fingers on the keyboard to book myself a hotel, packed a bag, said See ya Sunday, and jumped in my car and drove the four and a half hours to a literal island. I went completely off the grid for two whole days. That was the most liberating experience I think I’ve ever had. For two whole days I was only me. I wasn’t a mother, a wife, an employee, a daughter, a grad student, an anything- I was just Amanda. I made some pretty pivotal decisions for my life, my future, and my self in those two days. It changed everything!
My heart and mind are begging me to do it again. And soon. Only this time, I really don’t have a good justification for just taking off like that. I’m good…Life is good… could only be made better by a lucky power ball landing on my number. Seriously, it’s rainbows and butterflies right now…
So why am I jumping out of my skin?! Boundaries.
I have been writing out my lists of potential passions. One thing I keep coming back to over and over is my longing to Travel.
Ever since I was a kid I have longed to travel the world. I tried to get into the military after I graduated high school but I wasn’t able to because I had been in an accident when I was younger and medically couldn’t. I tried to get a job on a cruise ship, but I had no particular skill then or spoke any other language. So off to a year of college I went. Then off to marriage and babies I went. All a bunch of boundaries…
Really looking at it, I am only bound by money and obligation right now. I could re-prioritize obligation, but money…well that’s a real boundary. I believe I will start saving now, even if it’s just a little bit, and set my intention to travel by myself – go completely off grid -by the end of the year. The sooner the better though, I’m itchy and twitchy!
What if you had no boundaries? Money wasn’t a problem, there were no physical limitations, nothing stands in your way! What would you do?