The American Dream terrifies me. For some people, a big house, a fancy car, a 9-to-5 job, and a few years of retirement are all they desire. For me, the idea of living in one place, tied to one building, working for one company my entire life would feel like a punishment.
My husband and I have lived in four cities in three different states since our marriage in 2009. Often we have wondered why we were created to be so transient. I’m beginning to suspect that more than anything else, God wanted to keep us pliable. Over the last few years, He has opened our eyes to a bigger view of the world. As He made us aware of others’ needs, He taught us to live on less (and then less, and then a lot less!). As he taught us what it means to truly be free in His grace, He showed us a world in bondage.
Howard Thurman wrote: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Creating, building, writing, drawing, baking, singing, and knitting make me come alive. Raising awareness of social injustice and helping to incite change makes me come alive.
So recently, with the support of my amazing husband, I quit my desk job and began my journey toward a simple, fulfilling life. I can’t wait to see where I end up next!