Since we were freshmen in college, my husband and I have always said we wanted to move someday – keyword being “someday.”
Almost 10 years have passed since then, and here we are, still stuck in our cozy little comfort zone for no particular reason other than we just haven't taken that leap yet.
I could sit here and name a million reasons we haven't leaped – lack of finances, distance from family and friends, we own a home here – and the list would go on for miles and miles. We've literally made more excuses than a whiny toddler who doesn't want to eat broccoli for dinner, but, truthfully, none of that should be holding us back.
Deep down, we know that. There will always be excuses and reasons we “should just stay,” but quite frankly, we're tired of the excuses, and we're ready to leap... for some important reasons.
Comfort zones are boring.
There's nothing wrong with being content with where you are, but if you have that nagging voice in your head that keeps telling you to “Just go!” then do it. Comfort zones are, well, comfortable, but they're also a place where possibilities are limited and opportunities are minimal. Just do it.
Your family and friends can travel.
Who doesn't love a reason for a vacation? Once the initial shock of your relocation settles, your phone will be ringing off the hook with pleas to come visit you. If you're moving somewhere desirable like near the beach or to the mountains, the pleas will be even louder.
And you can travel.
Go home for the holidays, surprise your parents with a random trip home, go back to celebrate your grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. Being away from home will make you appreciate it that much more.
You can always travel. It might mean saving up your money for that round-trip airfare, but learning to budget and save is just another benefit to taking this leap.
You can still keep in touch.
We all have that group of friends we've known since birth. They live close in proximity to us and we occasionally meet them out for dinner and drinks. We all get married and have babies and are able to be there for each other during those important life milestones.
But moving away from them doesn't necessarily mean you lose all of that. If you have any form of social media, you know staying connected is not a difficult task in today's world. We have friends from high school, who we parted from 10 years ago, yet we still see their cute baby's pictures all over our Facebook, and we keep up with their favorite Starbucks order on Instagram.
Moving to a new place might mean losing that face-to-face connection, but you will never completely lose touch.
You will always work it out financially.
Don't let money be your excuse. Be frugal, work overtime and save your pennies. If you really want to move and take advantage of this new experience, you'll find a way to make it work.
Home will always be there.
So what if you move and two months later you realize it was the worst mistake of your life? That's perfectly OK. The important part is getting out there and trying new things. Explore new places. Meet new people. But always know home base is there if you need it to fall back on.
Moving to a new place means taking risks, living life outside the lines and embracing every obstacle along the way. I'm not saying it will be easy, but I'm saying the reward will be well worth the risk. Leap!