When Opportunity Knocks… Or when you just open the door anyway!



People sometimes fall into one of two categories,  those waiting – and those creating. Do you consider yourself the former, sitting patiently, or are you on your hands and knees assembling your vehicle getting Ready to Roll?

I had a coffee with my father (pictured top left) this afternoon to bid him farewell as I’m off tomorrow and won’t see him for three months. He lowered his voice and mentioned to me that he was very proud that I was about to do something that a great deal of people only dream of. Packing up everything (job, car, house) and jetting off on an adventure. Changing course ever so slightly, toward an even more fulfilling existence, when I return.


My dad then moved on to tell me that this trip & change is something meaningful and risky, that he would never have had the guts to do. My dad. My dad who could do anything.

The point he was making was that some people wait around for things to change, for things to happen, for things to shift course – while others create change, make things happen and shift their own course.  He was proud to have brought me up to form part of the latter group, even though he has, to date, lived a safe and lovely life in the former group; one without regret I might add. I wasn’t even aware that I was sitting in the driver’s seat with my hand firmly on the gear-stick but he brought this to my attention and I thank him for that.

The ability to open the door to opportunity (before it knocks) can be related to travel & adventure, but it also might be career, love, family, health, passion… really any aspect of life that tends to ‘just happen’. It’s interesting to consider driving any of these areas ‘manually’ as opposed to in ’automatic’. By choosing the gear and using both feet we become more engaged in what we’re doing – and feel literally, more in control of the outcome. I never realised why I have always preferred driving a manual car until today. It’s about control of course!

So… I’m ready & hope you are too. Let’s Roll.




I’m dedicating this blog post to my Mom (pictured above with my father) who is the ultimate example of someone creating and driving the direction of life. When she was in her twenties; she left her family, her country, her home; in search for Her Life.


5 Responses

  1. Aysha

    August 4, 2012 6:07 am

    Congratulations Chica. I’ve done the three month trip before. No regrets. Now I want to do even longer!!!!

    • Julie Anne

      August 8, 2012 1:45 pm

      Thanks for the comment Aysha… I’m week two into 3 months and feel like I could go for 3 years! Would you ever do an extended stay away from home?

  2. Shari-lee

    August 8, 2012 1:36 pm

    WOW – what a inspiration 🙂 especially when I’m at a crossroad atm…after reading that i feel i could do anything right now. Thank you xox

    Thoughts become things…choose the good ones!


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