Many times over the past several months, I have had various people inquire about mine and Corey’s plans once we get to Austin. You know, in the way that typical friendly people ask these things.
“When are you moving?”
“And you bought a house, right?”
“Yeah, we’re so excited about it!”
“So, what will you and Corey being doing for work?”
Yeeeah, about that.
Let me be blunt with you for a minute, and share something that I haven’t talked about much on the blog: Corey and I planned the move to Austin and, yes, bought a house, without officially having jobs IN Austin.
Our beautiful house, that we bought without knowing how we’d pay the mortgage.
When I mention this to people who are slightly older than me, I’m met with utter confusion and awe. One person told me, “if I was your mother I would be absolutely freaking out right now.” I’ve even had people flat out tell me that we’re crazy.
But, you see, the thing is – it didn’t really feel that crazy to us. Sure, we didn’t have the guarantee of a specific job yet, but we both knew we’d find something. Even if it meant we both had to work full time at a freaking fast food restaurant, we’d pay the bills. No biggie.
And, recently, when I was trying to explain this to someone, I came to the realization that people who are young and just getting started out in the “real world” have a very different approach to things than people who have a bit more experience. The way we viewed it, it was an adventure – moving to our dream home in our dream city. We’d figure the rest out later! The money would come, somehow or another.
On the other hand, to people who have been out in the “real world” a little longer and have some experience, that’s a gamble that you’d be almost crazy to take. Why risk it when you don’t know what the future will bring? Don’t even commit to a move until you have jobs, you crazy kids!
Even though we had a ton of people telling us how out of our minds we were, we didn’t worry (too much) because we knew something would present itself. We had chosen to take a leap of faith, and we knew that we had to stick to our guns.
And guess what?
It’s all gonna be okay (cue both sets of our parents taking a collective sigh of relief).
This week I found out that I’m being offered a job as a teacher, which will pay our bills and allow Corey to follow his dream of becoming a real estate agent. So, not only do we know how we’re going to pay for the mortgage, we’re excited about the jobs we have that’ll pay those bills!
So, in the end, it was totally worth it for us to take this crazy leap of faith. We have our dream house, the jobs we wanted, and everything is going to work out just fine.
Of course, it could have gone another way – we could have ended up working two jobs each and never seeing each other, barely scraping by. And that would have sucked. But isn’t that what taking a leap of faith is all about? You jump into something with your fingers crossed and no way of knowing what’s coming, and you hope and pray it’ll all work out for the best.
And it’s totally worth all of the stress when it does.
Have your views on financial risks changed as you’ve gotten older, or do you still believe in taking big ol’ leaps of faith?