Life Lessons

I’ve been thinking about some of the things we’ve learned from living our dreams…

Living Your Dream Isn’t a Bowl of Cherries:  Yes, I admit it.  I used to daydream about bicycling with our kids and, in my dreams, the kids were always happily pedaling while gazing at the stupendous scenery surrounding them.  We were a perfectly happy family unit exploring our world. 

The truth, however, isn’t quite so pleasant.  For the most part it is wonderful and I can’t imagine not doing we’re doing.  But there are also tough time – very tough times.  There are times when the boys get on my nerves and John is driving me crazy.  There are times when I want to crawl into a hole (or anywhere not in any way, shape, or form related to a bicycle tour) and not come out for ages.  There are times when we’re passing through overwhelmingly boring scenery or dealing with less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Does all that make it not worth it?  Not at all.  I think that’s the way life is – there are times when life isn’t a bowl of cherries.  But it’s still worth living.

(Most) People Are Not Monsters:  Whenever I listen to the nightly news or read the morning paper, I start to think the whole world is populated by monsters.  There are people who abuse children and animals, people who rape and murder and steal, cheaters and liars and scammers. 

But we’ve been privileged enough to see the real side of humanity.  We’ve seen the other side of people – the good, kind, giving side.  People have reached out to us in so many ways, we have no doubts that people are not the monsters one would think they are.  I’m very glad my kids have seen that side of strangers.

Just Do It:  Whatever it is, just do it.  It won’t fall in your lap.  I think a lot of us kind of sit around dreaming about whatever it is we dream about, and we think the Big Man in the Sky will drop it in our laps.

The reality is that He won’t.  You will never have enough money and time will never be your friend.  You just have to make the decision to live your dream and do it.  Don’t expect it to fall from the sky.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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5 Responses to Life Lessons

  1. Maria May 1, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    I really love your last paragraph. It reminds me also of the saying” What would you do if you knew you would not fail…” Oh, the great possibilities when we just “do” and quit thinking about doing.
    Just getting a chance to “catch up” on your blog after a few weeks hiatus “off line”….great to catch up with you!

  2. nancy May 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    I think that last paragraph is way too true. So many people just kind of expect it to “happen” some day – it never will unless you make it happen.

    Good to see you back!

  3. Alistair May 2, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    We are a family with a 6 year old girl and a 4 year old boy, watching your adventure develop from Melbourne, Australia. Your words of wisdon, your excitement, and your appreciation of life makes us want to emulate it. We have 2 tandems so in a few years time, perhaps we will.

  4. nancy May 3, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    I can’t encourage you enough to get out there and do it – our last trip was sheer magic for all four of us. And you’ve already got the bikes to boot!!

  5. steve November 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    you’re a real inspiration, thanks for the encouraging words!!!

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