Everything Must Go

April 16, 2010

Victoria posted all of our earthly possessions on Facebook last night in one long list. Within an hour she had about 15 responses in email and another 5 or so on Facebook. The moment I heard that news, our got real real. Its not the jettisoning of the stuff, that’s just a practicality, and its not the immediacy of it (that’s a necessity). What struck me is just how crazy, risky, and exciting this all is.

In a few days all of the possessions that we have collected over the years—the ones that make life more comfortable, like music, movies, games, etc—will begin to flood out of our lives. Our bet is that our lightweight 3.0 version will be be more rewarding than the sum of those possessions, but what if…

What if the falls off the truck on the way ? We would have no stuff and no boat. I can’t dwell on this. Life is full of , and this life we are choosing is more full of than many. I have a that its just that that will help to expose the beautiful, urgent, and sacred in our lives.

What if the hate it? Well I guess that’s always been a concern. All evidence points to the contrary, and honestly, they dislike a lot about their shore-bound life as well. I suspect we’ll all have some adjusting to do, but that’s the nature of life— happens, then we adapt.  Our will be to provide the kids the tools they need to manage that change gracefully.

That’s enough of that. Anyone who attempts to live a life even remotely interesting must at some point face their fears and choose to forge over them. This is our moment. It will not be our last (or our first), but I suspect practice will make our next encounter with a little less frightening.

Victoria said to me last night “I feel like I’m standing at the edge of the cliff… you are the cliff jumper.” “This time”, I replied “You might need to jump first.”




  1. Comment by David Drazen

    David Drazen April 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

    To me that fear means you’re doing the right thing. I remember that same feeling when we moved to Norway. There was an excitement of the unknown and adventure mixed with fear at the same time. I know for us, it was a great experience and one that allowed us to grow. I think that we can only learn about ourselves and our capabilities when we venture into that unknown. How can we grow if we keep doing what we know and feel comfortable with?

    • Comment by Tucker Bradford

      Tucker Bradford April 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Oh Dave, I’m so in agreement. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Comment by amy

    amy June 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    So true…we have been in this process/mode for a while now and it is such a weird feeling. I feel as if I am in mourning but I am not sure for what. Not so much with our “stuff” but with our house. Making the shift to a new life and style of living is a tricky one but I agree in the end I hope so worth it.

  3. Comment by Tucker Bradford

    Tucker Bradford June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Amy, I’m so glad you commented. It was fun to be brought back to this post. In the year since I wrote this, we’ve settled into an amazing life aboard. Looking back, getting rid of all of that stuff was a huge burden relieved. Our kids love life aboard, and we have found more time for art, music, and friends than we ever would have hoped for. All of that joy and we haven’t even left on our trip yet. In 93 days we’ll kick off the next stage of our adventure and have many more reasons to celebrate the risks we took last April (and before).

    It sounds as if you are just jumping off, so I hope you will find encouragement and a sense of community here. Welcome!

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