A good while ago I was facing a hard decision I know would change my life. I had a safe job as a teacher and got an offer to live and work on a 20m/8m catamaran sailing along the coast of Croatia, the Med, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and up the Caribbean to finish the adventure in Fort Lauderdale 10 months later. You might think: This is a tough decision? Are you kidding me? To me it was. Why? Everybody said if you quit your job you won´t get another one close to where you live now and what about your relationship? At this time in Austria there were too many teachers but not enough jobs. Plus I had to deal with being away weeks from home, family and friends.
I had a hard time thinking about the pros and cons and it got me nowhere. I love traveling and exploring the world but the same time I like being with my family and friends and in the past I struggled with home sickness.
So: Who to listen to? What I really learned and still use today when I am facing a tough decision:
Think about yourself in the future and ask yourself if you will regret it your whole life not doing it?
This took all the pressure from me and I made the decision that I will live and work (as a private teacher) on a catamaran and see many new places because I would regret it my whole life if I would have said: “No!” to this opportunity.
In retrospect I am thankful to my PAST-ME. The relationship ended, I even got a better job afterwards I couldn´t even dream about (as a principal) at that time close to my home town.
And here I am having a life with a great relationship and I will always remember the time I lived and worked on the catamaran. If you´re facing a tough decision think about if you would or not regret it for the rest of your life.
Did you face some life changing choices? Do you have any tips for us how to face them? Would be great to hear about it in the comment section.