When I sit behind the wheel of my Land Rover Defender, I can feel the freedom start to bubble up in my mind. The instant I climb into my Defender, I'm suddenly transported to another place and time. It's as if Scotty beams me to the plains of the Serengeti or to the endless sandy vistas of the Arabian Empty Quarter. Every time I return to work, I negotiate an emergency agreement with life. This agreement allows me to buy an off-road 4x4 vehicle, and that vehicle becomes my survival capsule. It's my way of keeping in touch with the freedom that I miss while working in metropolis.
It's not that I don't like my profession. Rather, it's that I love my freedom more. I'm hooked on freedom, and I'm ready for another tidal wave of freedom to sweep through my life. When I drive my Defender down a city street, I have a "Near Freedom Experience." Although I'm not land cruising in the Arabian sands, I get a flash back to those adventures of yesteryear, and I can see that there's hope for more adventures in the future.
I'm one-hundred percent sure that if now was the the year 1800, I would be packing my Conestoga wagon and heading toward the setting sun to explore the western expanses of North America.
In my first sixty years, I have owned two Toyota Landcruisers, six Defender Land Rovers, three monohull sailboats, and one catamaran. All of these conveyances were my 21st century Conestoga wagons that made it possible to live my dreams. My catamaran made it possible to sail around the world on the ocean of my dreams.
The Landcruisers made it possible to explore Mexico, all of Central America, and Puerto Rico. The Defenders made it possible to explore Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Emirates, and the outback of Australia. I still have three Defenders ready to drive from Cape Town to Cairo and from Buenos Aires to Alaska.
For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile. It doesn't matter whether I drive down a hundred foot sand dune, sail through pirate alley, or voyage across an ocean, I still get the feeling that I am really alive and am accomplishing something that's important to me. I'm living my dreams, and although it's a lot of work, costs lots of money, and spends the currency of my youth, that doesn't matter, because I'm doing what I want to do with my life as I live without regrets.
On the wall in front of my desk, I have a graphic emblazoned in large red letters:
Those letters mean, WHAT WOULD STEVE DO?
I've always admired Steve Irwin from the Australian Zoo and his outrageous ability to get the most out of life. Whenever I feel like chickening out and surrendering my dreams, I look up at my WWSD sign, and I remind myself that if Steve was still here, he would be living his dreams, and that there's no reason I shouldn't be living mine.
It's my dreams that get me up in the morning and keep me going all day long. It's my dreams that keep me moving forward and someday will take me around the world in my Land Rover Defenders. Every time I go sailing on the seven seas and travel in my Defenders, I can feel the freedom bubble up in my heart and mind.
Once you have a taste of freedom and live your dreams, you are hooked for life, and nothing else will do.
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