Dear us, five years ago,
You’re feeling pretty good about yourselves right now, aren’t you?
You spent the last two years creating your big dream, and tonight at 11:55 pm, you step on the plane and start living it.
The world is out there waiting for you, and you’ve made certain there is nothing left for you to come back to; the house, the car, the furniture?—?it’s all gone, sold on Craigslist or donated to friends and strangers.
Most 40-year-olds don’t sell all their possessions, quit their jobs, and take off with only backpacks and one-way plane tickets to South America.
But after those health crises in two people you loved?—?people your age?—?you felt the call to explore your dreams to the max while you had your health.
You think you covered it all, planning, spreadsheeting and budgeting like the Type-A professionals you are.
But you missed something. Something big.
Something far more important than the money you saved or the possessions you sold. This preparation would have protected you more in the coming years than all those vaccinations you got at the travel clinic. And it wouldn’t have cost you a dime.
But it’s too late. Your plane is leaving soon, and you’ll just have to learn it the hard way.
Here’s what you’re going to learn over the next few years.
When you lean into challenges together, you’ll find better solutions.
Your first destination is going to erupt into a political drama, an attempted coup by the police against the president, who will hole up in a hospital surrounded by the military. Tires will burn in the streets. The airport will close. You will not speak the language and you will not know anyone.
The only option will be to depend on each other. You will work out a plan: if this, then that. You will assign roles. You will trust each other like never before. You’ll even feel a little cocky at the end of the ordeal, as if you personally saved the nation.
After you’ve gotten through this, you’ll wonder why you ever fought internally over external problems. Why did you so often need to question each other instead of working together to solve a problem? Why was it more important to be right than to find a solution?
You’ve learned that when you band together, you stop blaming and start fixing.
What drives you crazy about each other now you’ll learn to appreciate?—?and successfully utilize?—?later.