What was affirmed by Picasso in Andalusia, Spain
While on a ferry boat going from the Algarve in southern Portugal and heading over to Andalusia in southern Spain, we met Marilyn. A lovely lady from the United Kingdom, and if we remember correctly, Wales to be exact. Marilyn was chatty but kind, opinionated but cordial. She and her husband spoke to us as we were ole pals. When she asked us about our travels, she praised us. However, there was this one moment she could not help herself. She became elated when she found out we were traveling the world for a year as a family of four with two small children in tow. At the same time, she was surprised and let her inquiring mind babble out her query. In her perfectly British accent, she asked us... "Do your parents have money? Did you have a large inheritance? How on earth are you paying for all of this?"
We get it. What we are doing is very rare. It is a not as rare as one might think, but we get it... it is rare. It is rare enough that resigning from a well-paying job and putting careers on hold, and withdrawing your child from school, and selling 80% of your possessions, and moving out of the country to travel the world as nomads seems almost impossible to most people even if it seems like a dream come true. We have heard it all: "you are living a dream most only wish they could have," or "I envy you all," or the opposite; "I could not do what you all are doing," or one that saddens us; "Kudos to you, I am just not that brave, I would be scared to do that." The previous statement saddens us because it implies that fear can hold us back.
Every one of us comes from different backgrounds. We all come from different experiences. However, one thing is true: hard work pays off. It does. It may not pay off immediately but it does pay off.
The fact of the matter is we have budgeted what we figure to be $53,000 to pay for this trip and 95% of all of that money we earned, we saved, we set aside, we were blessed to receive and so we prioritized it so we could be good stewards. We did not have anyone pay for us to go on this round the world trip. One gentleman even asked us if we were getting paid by a TV show to do what we are doing. Although we did not see ourselves traveling the world a year ago, we did do everything we could in terms of planning, working hard, saving what we could, selling items, and hustling to make sound and wise purchases to save a little here and there. Our planning and budgeting lasted six months. That is how we are able to pay for this. It is not an inheritance.
While we visited the southern region of Spain known as Andalusia, we learned the great 20th century artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. We resided in an accommodation for two weeks just outside of Malaga in an area called Rincon de la Victoria. We had an opportunity to visit the Picasso Museum while we were there and we were enamored by his works of art. Perhaps, even more, we were consumed by his own words which adorned the pieces of art, giving the viewer a window into his thinking. Strangely, we were taken more captive by his words than his art. Picasso had his own thoughts on goals and planning and the action which must follow:
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." -Pablo Picasso
Picasso even had thoughts on work...
"Inspiration exists but it has to find us working." -Pablo Picasso
We want to encourage anyone who has a dream to go after it. Plan for your dream. Work hard for your dream. If you would like to travel the world, do it. If you want to start your own business, do it. If you want to write a book, do it. If you want to build something, do it. You do not need luck to strike (it normally doesn't anyway). You do not need to wait forever. Act. Start now. Perhaps you will end up discovering a beautiful way of life you never knew existed before.