I was given a gift bag and on it had the wording, “Dream big, live the life you have always imagined!” Simon and I have had a dream for our family for a while, and that is to take our kids sailing for a few years.
But the birth of the dream to the actuality of it sometimes seem insurmountable. They say that the ideal time to do this is before kids reach ‘teen’ years. Obviously this is not the rule, but it seems to be the average guideline. Jesse is turning 10 in June, so this ‘ideal’ deadline is creeping up. Then there is the very real monetary factor. We aren’t rolling in it. We work for ourselves with our event flooring company, and at the moment the industry is not doing well. That means that all that we have saved has been thrown back into the pot to keep going. So 2 steps forward and 3 backwards! Simon has his coastal skippers, only to find out that it is only valid in the UK and not recognized in South Africa. So if he wants to get his Yacht Master off shore, he has to start from scratch again. And this is only a few of the ‘hurdles’ in getting from here to there.
This isn’t including trying to buy the boat. We don’t want a complete fixer upper, as this takes time which as stated above, is limited. But obviously the nicer the boat the ‘nicer’ the price which brings us full circle and back round to the hurdles. How do we go about buying a boat that is roughly going to cost us over a million Rand? Selling a kidney and half a lung seem to be the easiest options at the moment! Just joking….I think.
So how do we go about accomplishing the life we have imagined? What do we give up? Do we sell our house and buy a smaller apartment that is then paid off so that there is no debt? But if we sell our house we move out of an amazing community we are knitted into. Do we rather rent it out hoping that our tenants pay on time etc? Do we keep our business and try run it from abroad? This then gives us a monthly income. But at the moment we need to sell the business in order to use the capital to fund the dream. If we keep the business this then means you are constantly trying to keep in touch with clients and overseeing things. Do you rather sell it and thereby not have anything you are constantly having to watch? If we sell it, what are our alternatives? Do I look at doing online freelance work? Does Simon go back to doing yacht deliveries? (which he did before we were married) This can then be done when we are in various ports and also from home in Cape Town when we come back, keeping a possible option of income. Which homeschool system will be best and easiest? At this moment our kids are beyond on board with the dream, but when time comes will they truly be happy to uproot and say goodbye to friends and family?
So at the moment we have more questions than answers. We have more what ifs than we wills and definitely more against us than for us. But we will continue to dream and work towards this goal and I will keep you posted on what we decide to give up, trade in and sell.
But this I do know, even if we don’t accomplish this exact dream – we have not failed. For it is far better to dream and maybe fly than to never try for fear of falling and failing. We will always have each other, and for that we are rich!