Weeks before my friend Lynn left to travel for 6 1/2 weeks, she posed the following question for me as “homework”: “What would you do if you had no fear and money was no object?” When she first said those words to me, I immediately thought of that Tragedy and Hope video of Alan Watts where he questions “What makes you tick?…” Five weeks later, having brushed this assignment aside, I believe it’s time to finish this assignment. Partly because I love dreaming and scheming, but mainly because my posts as of late have been somewhat dark and serious. And I need to focus on more positive things.
I think for many people, questions like this may be interpreted as having infinite amounts of money. But, money being no object isn’t about having all the money in the world, it’s about having your basic necessities taken care of. And after you make that realization, you understand what the question is really about. It’s really about overcoming fear. Since many of our hangups are about having insufficient funds to support ourselves, we tend to eliminate dreams before we examine them fully for feasibility. But once we eliminate that particular fear, we can fully concentrate on dreaming big. We can fully consider the dreams that cause us the most fear. And as I’ve always said – “It’s the opportunities that scare you the most that you should pursue.”
So, “what would I do if you had no fear and money was no object?” Here’s an incomplete list of things that currently come to mind.
- I would do another prolonged trip. In fact, I already have ideas swirling in my head. I’m certain that I’m going to go travel again and for a longer amount of time. I spent only 4 months traveling on this last trip, mainly, to test the waters. I didn’t know if I’d be able to adapt to being away from home for so long, but I’ve come to realize that long-term travel is really enjoyable and fits me quite nicely.
- I would have many more adventures which include, but are not limited to, the following: I would go skydiving, learn to fly a plane, go into the depths of Africa on an safari, spend 4 months diving with Wicked Diving out in Southeast Asia, do some Wwoofing on farms throughout the world while practicing my language skills, dive the Great Barrier Reef, take sailing lessons and sail around the Caribbean, learn to play the violin, spend time in the rainforest, take cooking lessons from great chefs around the world, learn Arabic, and do humanitarian work in Africa or Haiti.
- I would be an entrepreneur, focusing on my gifts and ability to create my own art to serve the world somehow. To create something without focusing on the income is the most pure form of creation that I can imagine.
- To have a small vineyard and create wine. I’m a bit of a romantic.
- To organize a charity running event. I’m not interested in races or winners. I’m only interested in gathering people that enjoy running and would like to donate their time and money towards a good cause while networking with other active runners.
- It’s been a dream of mine for sometime to run a Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast. I don’t see this as something that I’ll want to pursue until my wanderlust has waned a bit. I see this as more of an early-retirement venture.
- I would be an influence in a child’s life. This may take the form of being an active participant in a Big Brothers, Big Sister program, possibly an educational opportunity, or potentially even adopting a child.
- To be a mentor and/or coach other people towards following their dreams, or in the very least to construct a life based on fulfillment, rather than monetary wealth.
So there you have it – my bucket list, not in it’s entirety, of course, but some of the things I dream about on a regular basis. What would you do if you had no fear and money was not an object?