“Jump-Start your Life” recently was one of the featured headlines of a fancy lifestyle magazine that I read. I had great hope to find some inspiration.
I read that magazin despite the fact that there is pretty much not a single hotel they recommend I can afford and very few restaurants they feature that I want to afford. Call me cheap, but I am not in the habit of spending $600 on a hotel and $500 on dinner for two. Sometimes I cook their recipes and shamelessly replace the kosher Himalaya salt with regular salt. Sometimes I study their landscape design and wonder whether a garden like that could be created by myself with some help of C, our “gardener” for many years who really isn’t a gardener, but a “blow-mow” guy. You see, I don’t have the money to hire a new shooting-star, very-much-in-demand landscape architect.
Despite all that, when I saw the “Jump-Start your Life” headline I jumped right in hoping for some inspiration for this website. Maybe some ideas to pass on. I found a few things that sounded awesome. One could, for example, start an educational farm, become a wine maker, move to the desert and open an art-and-yoga-studio, or live in an Airstream. Now, I like the farm idea but inconveniently lack the acres and acres of land required to do so and an Airstream is a bit tight, even with decluttering.
Where is this going, you might wonder. Given acres and acres of land and enough money, becoming an educational farm owner or a wine maker might be a great way to spend the next few years. Without a child and the need for two home offices and the requirement to make money even the Airstream might be fun. But really, that stuff isn’t for most of us. Most of us need to jump-start their lives on a budget – a money and a time budget.
The interviews I have recently done have inspired me and convinced me that it is entirely possible to jump-start one’s life or passion on a budget. I am talking to people who find a lot of joy and meaning in volunteering, in writing, in music, in dance. It doesn’t take much to get started. The important thing is to get started – sooner rather than later – somewhere with something. The first thing you try might not be the right choice – and that is fine. You can try something else, find you passion, find what jump-starts your life and enjoy the process.
This webpage is my passion and talking to the people I have been talking to has inspired and energized me. I hear about many passions and causes and all I find fascinating and worthy. They aren’t all for me, though. I’ll never be much of a dancer, let alone a tango dancer and nobody wants to hear me play the guitar, regardless of how much I practice. Now, the writing thing – that I can get behind (and am). Regardless of my personal likes and talents, the passion and dedication with which my interviewees pursue their varied interests is amazing and inspiring.
So, in the end, it would be nice to win the lottery and be able to become a wine maker or an artist in the desert. But I don’t play the lottery and can jump-start my life without buying a farm – or an Airstream.
I challenge you to do the same!