|Personal Picture // June 2014|
Life is always changing, ephemeral, transitional. Japanese call it "Mujô", the impermanence, the uncertainty, the transiency of life. Cherry flowers which scatter at the wind right after they blossom. The sound of waves. The smell of freshly cut grass. Seasons, holidays, our student years...
Life is ever transitional. Yet, we feel we will be fufilled if only we get to the next step - a steady job, a long term relationship, more money, children, a bigger house... We postpone our dreams to "when life will be steady" but life never is. It is ever transitional.
So instead of waiting until you have more time, money, resources, support, why not start now? Enjoy the cherry blossoms, the freshly cut grass, the sound of waves, the snowballs? The student years in a small bedroom, the first, badly paid job with extraordinary experiences, long distance couple life, the first years as married couple, building a family...
We can spend all of these years waiting for the next step, the bigger house, the management position, the Rolex watch before enjoying life and fulfilling our dreams. Or we can enjoy these transitional moments while they last and carve fantastic memories to share with our loved ones.
Ever since I came back from Japan, I spent my twenties waiting for my studies to be over, my first job to turn into a better paid one, the opportunity to live together with my fiancé again. And all of these years, I could have flown low cost, slept on overnight trains and backpacked around the world.
All this to say, I have found my bigger motivation for going on with my shopping fast: I will travel with that money. And I'm talking holidays, discoveries, wonderful moments - not business, taxis and hotel rooms. I will do what I've dreamed to do during my whole childhood: discover the world. Make one of my biggest childhood dreams come true, isn't that a deeper motivation worth pursuing?