(The name of this post is a quote by Stephen King – the master of creating fear in his readers).
Thenix and I are afraid – we are feeling the fear of the unknown. We are excited to be leaving for this adventure of a lifetime, but we are also feeling the fear that comes along with it. There are just so many unknown parameters that we are dealing with at the moment, and will be dealing with on the trip, that it gets a bit overwhelming sometimes. Why are we still going ahead with this even if it scares us beyond recognition?
Other people have told you what dreams you should have, but we have dreams of our own that we are going to pursue. That is why we are going on the trip, inspite of the fear. Our dreams are too strong, too empowering. They have a hold on us and our motivations, and they just don’t let go. We think about them every moment of every day.
Fear is something that will try to hold you back. That is just normal. You are going to feel afraid whenever you take something new on. You are going to try and prepare for all the unknowns, but you are always going to miss some random eventuality.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to stay at home, go to work and not worry about such a big undertaking? Wouldn’t it be easier to just dream about doing something like this, and never actually do it? Wouldn’t it be easier to live vicariously through our friends and family members who are doing something like this? There are a million different ways to live, but only two ways to go about it. Fearfully living your life – restricting everything you do because of that fear. Or, fearfully living your life – and doing everything anyway knowing that the outcome will make you stronger.
Fear is common. It is normal. It is the result of millions of years of evolution. It is the voice of reason in your head. The voice that wants you to think twice and make sure that what you are doing is worth it and that you are as prepared as you can be. The point of this blog post is to make everyone realize – we are as afraid as you are to go on and live our dreams. But we are going ahead with this even though we feel the fear. You have to. If you wish to have no regrets at your deathbed.
If you haven’t heard of the Big Trip yet, you are in for a treat. Boom and Thenix are travelling to the southern most tip of South America, through the West Cost of US, Mexico and parts of South America and back up the East Coast. We are planning on leaving on or around June 21st. We have made a detailed budget for the trip and we have included it here for those of you who are curious about how much a trip like this would cost. We will travel for a total of 50,000 kms to around 22 countries. If you have any other questions about the trip please see our post on The Big Trip.