Inspiration: the Boating Adventures of Ben and Dana

My brother Ben always had an adventurous streak. Whether it was fishing creeks around our town, riding dirt bikes on well-worn tracks in fields, or rebuilding the motors of junker cars, Ben understood that life is more enjoyable when you seek what truly matters. He taught me to swim, how to gut a fish, and has helped me pick out every car I've ever owned. Today, he and his wife Dana own a Four Winns 268 Vista boat called Seapickle II that they take out for regular extended adventures around Lake Michigan and into Canada. What started years ago with a dinghy has evolved into a lifestyle for them, one in which they find themselves longing for the sea life when back home.

What inspires me most about these two is that they have discovered what makes them innately joyful. Ben and Dana have found a singular, overarching purpose to their lives and all decisions are made with their love of boating in mind.

Can you say the same about your own life? When my days are long with taking care of my kids, my aging home, and trying to fit in teaching four classes online, I often wonder if there is more to life. The glimmer of hope that is the full-time RV lifestyle makes me think that, yes, it is possible to not only find more but to live more. To live each day in accordance to mine and my family's highest values.

We are still figuring this out. But with the encouragement and inspiration of others like Ben and Dana, I know that sooner or later we'll find our way.

What are you passionate about? Have you found the true purpose to your life yet?