What would happen if you lived your “ifs”? How would your life be substantially different? How has your life as you know it has been determined by shunning alternatives? How many of these “ifs” had higher risk than what you chose?
My life has been defined by taking the risky route, by living my “ifs” instead of my “shoulds”. This creates a lot of adventure, but also a many problems. I “should” be starting a website dedicated to attempts to live my “shoulds”. I could write about interesting topics like “Saying No”, “Avoiding Awkward Situations” and “How to do what you’re told”. Instead though, I am continuing in the other directions, by living my “if”. What “if” we sold all our stuff, quit our jobs and set off to travel the world?
I wanted to start a site that would share our experiences along the way, that you could laugh, ponder your ifs, and even judge if we are doing the right thing. We created this site not only to highlight those ifs we can control through our own action, but also to document the ifs you don’t control. The idea came from Warren Buffet, he often mentions how lucky he was to be born in the US and to have been in the right places at the right time. There were many ifs that he didn’t control.
Warren Buffet was born in Omaha in 1930. Being born in the USA was the single largest factor in him being able to utilize his talents. It was not due to his intelligence, work ethic, or personality; he was lucky. What if he was born at the same time, in another situation? What if he was born Jewish in Germany? What if he was born in China? What if he had been born in Afghanistan? Any of those “ifs” and we probably wouldn’t know who he was, and he’d probably be dead by long ago. Would the equivalent person (intellect, even education) born into any of those situations be among the richest person in the world? Would we know of him?
As we go travel the world, we will not only document living our “if”, but also explore the broader question: What if we were born here? What would life be like? We hope to meet people throughout the world that can help us understand their lives. We will not approach this from a position of arrogance or that our existence is superior to other’s, rather we will keep an open mind and see what the alternative “ifs” that could have been our lives.