Be Careful What You Wish For – When Your Dream Comes True

May 25

Be Careful What You Wish For – When Your Dream Comes True

Last Sunday Scott and I found ourselves sitting on the screened in porch of our new home in Texas. We talked about what it took to get here, how for weeks it seemed it was just one struggle after another – getting Internet in place, getting our drivers’ licenses, getting our car registered – but now with all of that in place, here we are. Sitting on a porch in Texas. Exactly what we said we wanted a few years ago. This was all part of our plan, all part of a dream we had for “someday”, and now it’s coming true. And we didn’t know how to handle it. This was a strange feeling – both scary and exhilarating at the same time.

The dream didn’t include broken air conditioners, washers that leaked water, freeways that go up as high as a roller coaster with traffic that rivals Atlanta (but isn’t anywhere close to Houston). The dream didn’t include Internet that plays Netflix fine but wants to buffer the live feed from our home church, Church of the Highlands, every two minutes. And it didn’t take into account how much we’d miss our friends and families and the familiarity of living so close to everyone.

But here we are, living near a city we prayed to live in, with the time to work on our businesses and see them grow, with a fenced in yard for our dogs to enjoy whenever they feel like it. Our prayers were answered with a yes. So now what?

These are the steps we’re following as we acclimate to a new place and work through new emotions.

1. Take a breath and enjoy where we are, right now. The past two months, really, have been a whirlwind of packing, selling, cleaning, quitting old jobs, saving money, getting stressed, getting irritated, being tired, hot and cold – sometimes all in the same day. We made the drive from Opelika, Alabama to San Antonio, Texas in three days. It was a very, very long three days. There were stretches of road that scared us silly – Baton Rouge and Houston – and other stretches that had beautiful scenery, little traffic, but made us realize how tired we were. We unpacked the moving van until 1am, then returned it the next morning by 9am on our last day. We didn’t fully “wake up” for probably another two days. So now that all the rush is over and the details have been worked out, it’s time to breathe. It’s time to relax a little and just say, thank you, God. Thank you for answering our prayers.

2. Be open to new people and experiences. Yes, we lived close to family for twenty-plus years. We’d lived closer to family for longer than we’d lived away when Scott was in the military. We’d grown close to our church family and were familiar with the town we lived in. Now it’s time to be open to changes and accept that nothing will be the same. After all, our goal is for full-time travel in an RV. That means change on an almost daily basis, whether we move or our campground neighbors move. It means traveling in unfamiliar cities often and meeting new people. We’re open to learning and continuing to grow in this new place.

3. Welcome the challenges. This is easier said that done, even though most challenges weren’t that challenging, just frustrating. We finally found a company that had Internet that worked in the rural community we’re living in. We dealt with drivers’ license issues, the cost of vehicle registration and opening a new bank account that held some of our money for a week until a check cleared. But fixing our van, for example, was a challenge for us. Since we lived within an hour of my hometown, my father and brother were willing to pick up our car and tow it back to their garage and fix it. Now we’re 13 hours away and had to do it ourselves.

During the vehicle inspection, we were told our headlights had condensation inside and needed to be replaced. The shop gave us a list of you-pull lots, so off we went. It was only AFTER we’d left I’d realized I should have taken pictures for a blog post. I was out there in sandals and white pants – this was NOT on my to-do list that day – as we searched the rows for a Ford Windstar that hopefully had lights we could grab. Thankfully, we found one, and with some prayer and a screwdriver we disconnected the lights and paid. That weekend I downloaded a Haynes Manual and we figured out how to replace the lights. The next day we passed the inspection and got our van registered.

Challenges like working on our van is a big deal for us. For someone else, that’s not even a challenge. Maybe your challenge is meeting new people. Maybe it’s being in a strange place with no friends. Maybe it’s just finding an apartment and a job. There will ALWAYS be challenges. But we had to get to the place where the complaining and venting had to stop and we had to take action.

Have you ever had a dream come true? Did it scare you or energize you? How did you embrace your challenges? Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

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