What are your dreams worth?

Question.  How can you possibly put a dollar value on something that you have always wanted to do in life?

Answer.  You can’t.

We have met so many people on this trip so far that are excited about what we are doing.  They think it is inspiring to see young people going against the grain to follow a dream.

Now, everyone dreams differently.  Some people’s dreams are to get married, have kids, have a career that makes a lot of money, buy a boat/sports car/airplane, retire at 65, and live off the kids you have when you are older.  I know deep down though, that in between those dreams that there is one Epic dream that they would love to fulfill.

We all have at least one Epic dream but why is it that some make it a reality while others leave it to be lived when eyes are closed?

A job, family, obligations.  All reasons to not follow an Epic dream.  Wait, no they aren’t!  That’s crazy talk.  Yes, Gina and I have been fortunate enough to be able to take off 5 months from life.  I do not think many can take that much time off, except for the younger population.  And with the unemployment rate being so awful, what better timing!  I really want to push people (all ages included) to do something Epic in their lives.  This trip started as an idea that was “impossible” to pull off and turned into an idea that was “possible”.

We will cover 45 states in 5 months.  THAT little fact makes this one of the most memorable trips of my life.  All the money that has been spent and will be spent has been worth it.  Oh and don’t forget that we will see both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.  EPIC.  This trip has been anything but a regret.

One of the many memories of this trip. Seattle, Washington sunset at top of multi-pitch


To answer the question myself, my dream is worth the friendships/memories/accomplishments that I have made/done/etc on this trip.

A life is a terrible thing to waste.  Live for the now and never put your dreams off until tomorrow.  Work toward it today!

Last question for you to think about (and comment), are your Epic dreams a high priority in life?

2 Responses to “What are your dreams worth?”

  1. @ginabegin

    What it comes down to for many people, when they look hard enough, is fear. When a dream suddenly becomes possible, they are unprepared for the transition. They’ve kept it at arm’s length for so long, content to some degree to wish on it and think about it for a time and then put it back and continue with the day-to-day.

    The day-to-day. Is this really how we are supposed to live our lives? Is the purpose of having a dream to fill up the gaps between worrying about bills and deadlines? I refuse to believe they are there for anything less than to become our own reality.

    Warm up those cold feet by moving; run, walk – even crawl if you must – to the richness of your dreams. You can make it happen. You absolutely can.

  2. Andy

    Nice post! For me, my only dream as a kid was to merely survive. In fact it wasn’t until my mid 20′s that I allowed myself a few dreams. Now, I’ve got more dreams, more things that I want to accomplish than I can shake a stick at. Of course I’m always asking myself Is my dream really worth following? I ask this of myself because sometimes I doubt, sometimes I’m afraid, and sometimes it’s because of my nervous excitement.

    I’m sure you’ve read “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch, and if you haven’t you should. At least watch his lecture on YouTube. Here’s the link:


    It’s all about dreams and achieving those dreams. I’ve read the book cover to cover at least a dozen times and it never gets old. One of the things he talks about in his lecture is about the joy you get from enabling the dreams of others. This is one of the reasons I support TheMostEpicTrip. I find myself happy, almost giddy to be part of a dream come true, and I’m so grateful to be in a position where I can help.

    As the great Douglas Adams says;

    “He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot. ”

    I’m glad I’m an idiot. ;)




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