A couple of years ago we wrote a post called “The Coffee that changed our lives” which told the story of how we came to the joint decision to leave our old lives behind and wander off on a life changing adventure. It described how we came to the conclusion over a couple of black coffees that we had to quit our jobs, sell the car, get rid of all of our possessions, give notice on our house, and go travelling.
Quite a dramatic question and probably not really a valid question because it really wasn’t just the coffee that prompted our decision to change our lives. We had ‘sort of‘ decided that we were going to do something and had discussed travelling but it was that ‘coffee chat‘ where we said ‘Lets Go‘ and highlighted the date of June 1st.
But, say for arguments sake that we hadn’t gone for a coffee that morning and had never said ‘Lets Go‘ to each other. What might have happened?
What might have happened?
We had sold our family home and already got rid of 90% of our possessions but we were in a nice comfortable little rented house with a few odds and ends and a few bits of furniture. Still working full time too. So as I have already asked, what might have happened? Let’s imagine a few scenarios then for the past 6 and a half years.
- The Rental – stayed put in our little rented house and kept working in the same jobs. Probably upgraded our Renault Clio to a flashier 4-wheel drive and splashed out on a 50″ TV. A few new household items along the way but essentially just treading water until retirement.
- The House Upgrade – returned to the housing market and bought a new home in the Maidstone area. Somewhere a bit smaller than the family home that we sold but lots of new white goods and a fancy three piece. How exciting! Once again a bit of treading water.
- The Relocation – back in the housing market again but in a completely different place. Who knows where but a different part of England and perhaps looking for new jobs too. Huge changes of course but changing jobs at our age would have been so difficult and traumatic but a real adventure.
- The Cappuccino – the inevitable return to a cosy little coffee shop where we have a life-changing conversation about quitting everything and heading off into the sunset.
What’s the conclusion?
These are realistically the four different paths that we could have taken. Between you and me though I’m not sure that any of the first three options would have left us feeling content or satisfied at all. The big question of ‘is that all there is‘ would have remained.
So I suspect, in fact I don’t suspect I know, that we would have ended up somewhere drinking a cup of coffee and coming to exactly the same conclusions.
Any regrets on the decision that we took all those years ago? None whatsoever! I guess that we are now taking Option 5 where we look for a new home somewhere completely new after a brief seven year adventure. No chance of a 4×4 or a 60″ TV though!