Go on an Adventure
I had lunch yesterday with an excellent young man. And we were dreaming together: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
You see, I’m an adventurer. As soon as I had a chance, I left Miami behind. I’ve lived in Puerto Rico. Rotterdam. Washington DC., and London. And I’ve visited even more places: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York City, Boston, Reykjavik (Iceland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), Bern (Switzerland), Munich (Germany) and many more.
I have friends in most of these places. I met and married the love of my life in my travels. My wife and have had children all over the world. And while I’m back in South Florida (since 2010), I’m already itching to go on my next adventure — six kids and all!
And so together we dreamt. He said, without missing a beat:
“New York City.”
I got excited for him. New York City is a dynamic, historic place. A world city. A place where many cultures mingle and mix, creating an experiment on a grand scale of how far humans can push the arts and sciences.
Unlike me, he’s younger and freer. So I reacted almost as quickly: travel! Hands down. No excuses. Just go. The results are worth the costs. And he sighed.
Never were more fatal words spoken:
Yeah, but… what about debt? Yeah, but… what about my job? Yeah, but… what about my girlfriend (or family or car or whatever)?
“Yeah, but…” is damaging.
Because it makes it sound like we have the best of intentions when we are instead too scared to do what we should. It allows us to be cowards while sounding noble.
I am so stirred by this conversation that I just had to write about it.
When you get older, life seems just to happen to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment. You get to do what you want. But as you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important.
While you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances, you should do what really matters.
So, excellent young man, I say to you: do it! Move to New York City. Move to the city of your dreams boldly. Make the move with full abandon. You will regret few risks you take when it comes to this.
The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works. See it. And do this while you’re still young. Do not squander the time. You may never have it again.
Explore and see the world. Experience the world for all it’s worth.
Go on an adventure. And become the person of culture, adventure, and compassion you can be.