It’s an uncomfortable truth. In a swirling world of conflicting needs, wants, desires, we have to prioritize. We focus on what we want most, but in order to get it some sacrifice will always be necessary.
This year, a great deal of freedom and fun is to be sacrificed on the altar of achieving a series of 366 sunrises from Barn Bluff. A trip to Kauai, Hawaii, for a mastermind retreat with a bunch of wonderful folks; a couple of trips to Hayward, Wisconsin, when the milkweed is in bloom and the bees and butterflies are posing for photographs. A possible motorcycle trip to Zion National Park in Utah. The OshKosh AirVenture show the last week of July. Any one of a number of places I could visit and write up for my travel website… but for this entire year, if a place can’t be reached, explored and its story learned, and still leave enough time to get home before, oh, say, eight o’clock in the summer, it’s a no-go.
Because you have to ‘pick your poison,’ as the saying goes; decide what you’re willing to sacrifice in order to have what you truly want.
And then you have to be prepared to weather comments about how other people think you’re being short-sighted or dim-witted in making the choices that will lead to what you want. They might truly believe they’re being helpful or funny in what they say; most of them mean well, most of the time. And you’d be surprised how often those flippant comments or bewilderment at what you want to accomplish hides true envy, that you’ve found a piece of purpose and happiness that somehow eludes them.
Don’t let their incomprehension throw you. You’ve decided what you want; you’ve given some thought into what you’ll have to sacrifice in order to achieve the goal; you can see the project through no matter what anyone says. And no matter what reasonable sacrifice you have to make.
And then, when you’ve reached that goal, you can look back with a sigh of pride and satisfaction, secure in the certain knowledge that the work and the sacrifice makes the accomplishment all the more valuable to you.