Know how sometimes you need to grab life by the horns, dig down deep and work with everything in you to steer that baby where you want it to go? And other times you sit back and ride the current, allowing life to take you where it will?
That sums up my life.
I’ve shared before about how hard we worked to make our bike journey from Alaska to Argentina happen. Every single day for an entire year we plodded along, making lists and checking them off, each day getting closer to the point where we could fly to Alaska and start cycling. It was hard, determined, dedicated work. We wrestled the beast called “status quo” into submission and fought hard to get over the inertia of everyday life and make the change. It was worth every second we spent planning and preparing.
But sometimes, the tides turn. Sometimes, amazing opportunities land in your lap and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. And replace a roof, as the case may be.
We were very happy in our small house here in Boise, Idaho. After spending three years riding our bikes from Alaska to Argentina, I was more than happy to curl up in front of our wood stove and write books and work on my beadwork. Life was good. I had no intentions of ever leaving Boise again.
Then came the email. “Auntie and Uncle have decided their cottage is too much work. They’ve loved it for fifty years, but now they’re ready to sign it over. Are you interested?”
Interested? Say what?
Owning a cottage wasn’t planned. It wasn’t even thought of. We had no intentions whatsoever of acquiring a cottage in Connecticut, but sometimes… well, sometimes you just gotta do it.