“What if?” is the main concern we get from people when they learn about our travel lifestyle plans. I was talking with @scottrras about it and he made the excellent point that the game of “what if?” is really futile because it can extend to anything: “what if you stay at home and never go anywhere and bad things still happen?” The concerns we get most are things like: “What if bombing starts while you’re in Israel?” “What if the cartel kidnaps your kids in Mexico?” “What if things don’t go as planned?” The problem is they’re all fear-based questions and assume a certain lack of ability to respond, if something does go wrong. Jill and I have chosen (or at least try to) make decisions based on bravery, positivity, responsibility, and faith. We don’t want to make decisions based on fear, pessimism, blame, and doubt. If we revert to those, then we relinquish any control or ability to influence people or situations we encounter. We might as well lock ourselves up and wait for the end of the world.
Reflecting on my conversation with Scott, I realized the ultimate and most truly impacting “what if?” is: “what if I get to the end of my life and find I’ve wasted it playing fear-based ‘what if?’ games, instead of really living?” This photo is also from Wed. It’s the 2nd item I crossed off my bucket list while in Chicago that day: visiting the site of the 1893 World’s Fair (World’s Columbian Exposition), where the original Ferris wheel was unveiled to the world. That original wheel is now in London and is much larger than the one that stands in its place. But we rode on it anyway, and looked out over the few remaining buildings from the World’s Fair 126 years ago. It’s a fascinating event with big impact on the history of the US. -Tevya
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Photo taken at: Navy Pier Ferris Wheel