An Inspiring Life
A while ago I spent three leisurely afternoon hours browsing the web. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. Just cool and inspirational stuff that would strike a chord, things that I could apply to my own life. Every day I try to generate ideas to write about. Sometimes they come easily, and I can’t get to the computer fast enough to get my thoughts out. And sometimes days can go by and I struggle to find things that move me. I know I’m not the only one.
That one afternoon, my mind was fuzzy. I felt distracted and ridiculous, trying to force it on myself. I just couldn’t come up with anything. It didn’t help that my body ached and fatigue was really kicking me in the backside. I just wasn’t feeling it. Nothing would catch my eye.
Little did I know how wrong I would be.
Just as I was about to turn off the computer, crash on the couch and tell myself that “tomorrow is another day,” I came across the kind of headline that is right up my alley.
Interview With Ian Usher, The Man Who Sold His Life On Ebay.
My energy miraculously perked up. I began to read, devouring every word. I am always looking for stories like this one. Stories that portray people doing brave things in the name of personal fulfillment and a better life, things that most would not dare do.
Despite the pain, the dark cloud of illness that hovers over me every day of my life, I am happy. I can say that with complete sincerity. I have an amazing and supportive husband, a beautiful, generous and caring mom, a safe place to live, and two heaven-sent four-legged love bugs. I have a brain that works. And even though I have more bad days than good days, my body is still healthy enough to do a lot of things. But still, every day I have a moment when I think about how there is so much more to all of this. I think about what I can add to my life, or what I can do differently to get on the fast track to making my dreams come true. Someday I will know what I need to do. It may come to me gradually, or all at once.
People, and their real life stories, are all around us. It is sometimes up to us to take a closer look and draw inspiration from them.
Once upon a time, Ian was living life and making his way just like most of us do. He was born and raised in England, and in his adult years he worked at his many small ventures: a jet skiing business in the summer, magazine publishing, and a wedding transportation company, just to name a few. In 1993 he met the woman who would become his wife. They married in 2000, and officially emigrated to Australia in early 2002 after many visits together to the continent.
Wedded bliss would not last forever, and this would prove to be his catalyst, setting him on the path to his new life. In 2005, his wife met someone new, and they parted ways. In the months following, Ian worked, met new friends, and planned his next move. He found himself living alone in the house he was meant to share with his love. He couldn’t bear the thought of it. In late 2007, he made the decision to sell the vast majority of this possessions on Ebay, allowing himself just a few necessities. And in August of 2008, he boarded a flight to Dubai and began the two year journey that would change his life and outlook forever, promising himself the experiences and adventure he always thought about. He swam with humpback whales (always a dream of mine), and interacted with many more of our magnificent animal friends. He went sky diving, stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon, visited the Golden Gate Bridge (right in my own backyard), and walked the Great Wall Of China. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Ian has since written books about his life, travels and reaching his goals. He is also a motivational speaker. Some may not see him as a spirited adventurer, and instead view him as nothing more than a savvy businessman. Regardless of your viewpoint, I think his story is inspiring. I think about what he has witnessed, and it makes me think about all I am capable of, and how we all have a courage within us we may not know is there, until it is called upon.
I want to live meaningfully. I crave experiences. And thinking about Ian swimming with that beautiful humpback whale, I am inspired to do something I have dreamed about for a long time. Husband is on board, too. We want to travel to the Pacific coast of Baja California in late winter, to a very special place called San Ignacio lagoon. In the winter, California grey whales migrate south. In the warm, protective waters of the lagoon and surrounding shallow areas, mommy whales nurture their new babies. That is where I want to go. I want to connect with these magnificent creatures. The whale mommies and their babies come right up to the boats to say hello. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful. I imagine when I finally do experience this I will be forever changed. I know my view of life and the world will evolve in a positive way.
It may not come anywhere close to Ian’s grand adventure, but it’s a start.
Photo Source (grey whales): http://www.netconnection.com/bajawhales.html
For more information on Ian and his story, visit: http://www.ianusher.com/