Once in a Life Time.
One Time in Life.
Think about the difference. One statement is based on scarcity, other on abundance.
A few years back Griffin and I were camping in the North Cascades in early September and had drove down to Winthrop before heading home. Leaving town there were two PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) hikers thumbing a ride from town to the Highway 20 trailhead. Since the Bible says to be kind to children, crazy people and PCT hikers we stopped and picked them up.
These two had started in California in late April and were now just about to start their final leg of the hike nearly 5 months later. Since I’ve hiked a tiny bit of this trail (45 miles) a few years back I felt a swaddling kinship.
One fella was from California and the other from Holland (his trail name was Van Gogh). Our discussion had turned to ‘why do this’ and a question that has always confounded me on adventures like this: “What are you going to do when you get back to the real world?” I’ve always felt the real world is what lies off in the mountains or on the seas and not in the cubicle or the time clock, or in speculative investments or legislative bodies.
Van Gogh side-stepped the question completely and said, “I don’t want to be that guy who did that one thing.”
He clarified with an example of the guy who works his entire life with the exception of one three week vacation to someplace exotic and that is all he talks about since. Van Gogh said he had access to a job he worked for 6 months for 60 plus hours a week and the other half of the year he traveled/adventured (on the cheap). This man not only lives in the real world, but had experienced a good portion of it also.
As I build my business this is goal I’m eyeing. “One time in life, not once in a lifetime.”