Hawaii Surf Beach Ocean Hammock MauiThe perfect lifestyle.  It’s like the great American Dream.  It seems impossible to find, yet, we all ultimately go on a lifelong quest in search of it.  I, myself, have been on this quest for years.  Hell, it’s what ultimately got me into travel blogging in the first place.

I, myself, have been on this quest for years.  Hell, it’s what ultimately got me into travel blogging in the first place.

Then again, the definition of a perfect lifestyle varies from person to person.

You don’t have to live a luxurious lifestyle to where you’re able to take a limousine from Denver to Aspen to show your success in life (although, I have to admit it would be nice).  

The perfect lifestyle can be as simple as living in a beachside hut, with barely a dollar to your name but having the ability to surf from day to day and lounge where ever you’d like, whenever you’d like.

The perfect lifestyle is what you make it out to be.

When I first began the quest for a perfect lifestyle, I never pictured I’d see the day where I’d become a travel blogger.  When I first began, I never even knew what blogging was.  But low and behold, life has a funny way of throwing curveballs at you until you find a way to live your life the way you were meant to live it.

As I’ve mentioned before, life is what you make it out to be.  The only person that can decide whether or not you live a perfect life is you.  Any you know why?  Because in the end, who cares what anyone else thinks as long as YOU are happy.

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For instance, I find that I’m in my happy place while I’m traveling.  You know why?  Because I like change.  I love being amongst people I’ve never met before and doing things I’ve never dreamed of.  The bottom line is this defines a part of who I am.

I enjoy being, as my friends put it, a modern day Indiana Jones.  Weaving my life in and out of dangerous situations, happy situations…hell, any situations.  I find joy in this.  I guess ultimately, that’s what makes me unique.  Not everyone can say they enjoy sailing, but I can.  And you know what?  I’ve never sailed a day in my life with the exception of working on a cruise ship back in the beginning of my travel career.  But any modern day sailor can tell you it’s not the same.

And even though some people may think that’s crazy (the fact that I can boldly state that I love sailing even if I’ve never done it a day in my life), it doesn’t stop me.  You know why?  Because of my exceptionally ludicrous outlook on life, I decide what makes me happy.  

And you can decide too.  Not your friends, family, co-worker or random citizen…YOU.

That’s just one reason why I’m deciding to go on this insane journey sailing through the Caribbean in the Spring of 2015.  Not just because it’s going to be an amazing and life altering trip, but to inspire people to do what is seemingly impossible and follow their dreams, no matter what.

If only more people would look at life in a similar way.  Don’t let someone hold you back simply because they think you’re making a wrong decision or they think a certain lifestyle is not the “smart choice“.  Just because it’s wrong for them, doesn’t mean it’s wrong for you.

The bottom line of my little rant is, don’t dismiss your dreams for the perfect life just because someone let you down or someone says it’s impossible when, in fact, it’s totally possible.  Anything you and your imagination can conspire is capable of becoming real.  Sure, you may not be able to do exactly what you dreamed of, but that’s the beautiful part of doing something innovative and new!  You climb over those boulders, jump out of the ditches and overcome those obstacles to find a way for it to happen…to make it happen.  

As a wise man once said, it’s the journey, not the destination that matters. How would you define the perfect lifestyle?