When I got divorced, I started looking for places to live. One of my friends was helping me and kept sending me places from Craigslist. None of them were even close to what I could picture myself living in.
Not wanting to give up, I created a dream list of what I wanted using a pretend magic wand and spinning around with my eyes close. My list included:
- Being on the water
- A Deck
- A Washer/dryer
- A Grill
- $1500/month rent
People told me I was crazy. That I would never find something like that. I kept looking, not wanting to believe them, but nothing was close. The one place that would have been ok, didn’t have a washer/dryer. I didn’t want to have to go to the laundromat.
I was down to two more places. At the next one, the guy who was showing me around was scary looking. He wanted to take me down to his basement to show me the washer/dryer. I remember thinking this is where I am going to die. No one will ever know where my body is buried. I can’t do this anymore.
Luckily that didn’t happen, it was just my fear, but I decided I was done looking. I had seen so many places and none were even close. My friends were right. I was dreaming.
“I’ll just go live with my parents. I can’t do this,” I told myself.
There was just one more place that my friend had sent me. I was supposed to have a meeting that afternoon for work so I wasn’t going to see it, but the meeting got cancelled. I called up the realtor and she said I could go right over.
I couldn’t believe it. I was driving closer and closer to the water. I walked in and I could see the water at the other end of the cottage. It had not one, but two decks, a huge 5 burner grill, and a washer dryer.
“How much did you say this was?” I asked the realtor.
“$1500/month,” he said.
I looked up at the sky and thanked God. My magic wand had truly brought me my dream home.
I was glad I didn’t quit one home too soon.
I’ve been living on the water for the last 5 years. That was one of the things I thought I had to give up when I got divorced.
Because I didn’t give up I got to live my dream.
Is there some place you are giving up? Some dream you want but don’t think you could have? What if you take it just a little bit further than normal? You might also just get what you want. Try it.
I’m sure glad I did.
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