Going to school, getting married, having a baby, or getting a new job all create plenty of worries, but we don't let those worries stop us from moving forward.
There is no doubt that we only have one life to live. You can chose to live it one spot and learn every last detail of that spot. There is nothing wrong with that.
Yet much of human history shows that stress brings out the best in many of us. If we get too comfortable, we get lazy or stuck in a rut.
A move is the ultimate way to get yourself out of run. When you're in the last stages of a move, it looks a lot like driving into that storm over the White Oak River. The clouds are dark, there is lightning and maybe even some wind and hail.
Yet as is often the case with a storm, we get some benefits. The rain that came with tonight's storm is a blessing. Along with the rain we got Saturday morning and earlier this morning, we're probably in pretty good shape for moisture for a week or so.
We expect rain to come from storms. We are willing to endure the thunder and lightning just for that rain.
We should expect change and growth to come from moves. We should be willing to endure the stress and challenges because in most cases the change and growth are welcome.
We meet new people, try new things, and learn about new areas. Moving keeps the mind and body young.
To change and to grow is to stay alive and be part of this world. While you can dream about moving, the dream will wilt and die unless it is picked and carried to its logical end.
There is nothing sadder than a dream that never gets to live.
I pretty happy that I found the courage to live my dreams in Carteret County. In spite of the challenges, I wouldn't have it any other way.
As my tee-shirt says:
QUIT YOUR JOB
GET A TAN
FALL IN LOVE
NEVER LOOK BACK
I am proud to say that at the end of two years, you cannot even tell that I ever wore a wrist watch.