For us both, this is our dream come true. This is something we’ve worked hard for, saving every dime over the past year and a half to make this happen (and trust us, it was a struggle. We’re known for being the ones to take advantage of everyshopportunity), and in the midst of that, we realize this is a path is not for everyone and is one that not many take. It isn’t a path many would consider practical or traditional, but it’s us. It’s our path.
It may not be practical to drive all night to the Grand Canyon simply to see the sunrise or to be 23 year olds who have a relentless desire to spend our life savings in order to see new places. And, it especially may not be neither practical nor traditional to pack up our lives and move across the world to a country that is known for its hospitality and bad economy. But since we first met freshman year, we’ve never stopped dreaming and doing. Our decision to study abroad in Ireland was dreamt up at 2am in the middle of our freshman dorm. Our plan to go back to Ireland one year for spring break was decided on two months before during a car ride home from Disneyland. And even though the dream for this trip has been growing over the past few years, our dreams continue to aim big and often past the realm of practical or traditional. But as nontraditional as it is for us to leave, this decision feels more right every day we get closer to our departure and it becomes affirmed daily as we begin to see more clearly how God has so intricately woven our lives to reach this point.
As we’ve learned to loosely plan in both our time traveling and time living in Ireland, we’ve learned this is going to be an adventure living more by Mark Batterson’s motto of “go set ready” rather than “ready set go”. What we’re doing is not exactly traditional, but that doesn’t make it any less of God’s plan. It has deepened our faith & friendship as we’ve found a deeper dependence on Him than ever before.
We’re learning to live on the go, to hold loosely to our plan and hold tightly to our confidence we have in Christ.
The timing may never be “right”, it may never seem practical or like you have enough finances, support, or time to do it. But if there is anything we encourage everyone in our lives about it is to simply go. To go after your greatest dream, to go after the life you would live if money was no object. We often ask ourselves, “When is enough going to be enough?” If you are constantly striving after the next big thing that will make you feel more secure, or make you feel like you have made it, you are never going to scratch the surface of the huge plan you were designed to be a part of. Going across the world may not be everyone’s big dream, but we encourage you to take hold of the life you were made to live, and participate in God’s big plan for the world. You have a purpose in it.
It may sound crazy, seem scary, and require a leap of faith, but after all, isn’t that what an adventure is all about?