When you tell people that one day you will live on a boat and sail around the world, they smile and say, “That would be awesome! I would love to do something like that. Who wouldn’t??” And you say, “Yes! Exactly!” And they don’t believe you. Because they’ve probably dreamed about something similar, too. But it is just a dream. They’ve never met anyone who has ever actually done it. Because no one really does that. They just dream about doing it. So they don’t believe you.
When you tell people that you bought a boat, they laugh and say, “Oh yeah? Are you really going to sail around the world?” And you say, “Yes. Exactly.” But they still don’t believe you. Because they never realized that someone could actually do it. And now you’ve bought a boat, and they don’t know how to process that. So they ask questions like, “Do you even know how to sail? What are you going to do about food & water? Where will everyone sleep? Are you going to homeschool the kids? Aren’t there pirates? What about hurricanes?” But they still don’t really believe you are going to do it. Because no one really does that. They just dream about doing it. And they secretly think you are delusional because you bought a boat. So they don’t believe you, and they think you’re crazy.
When you sell your house and quit your job, they look shocked and say, “Holy Shit! You are really doing this?” And you say, “Yes. Exactly!” But they never believed you. Because they couldn’t fathom actually doing it. And now they say things like, “I bet you don’t last six months, hahahah! But seriously, what are you going to do if you hate it? You are selling everything? You should keep it all just in case. You’re crazy.” So now they don’t believe you know what you are getting into. Because no one really does that. They just dream about doing it. And they no longer keep it to themselves that they think you are crazy. And they secretly hope it isn’t that awesome because they’ve always wanted to do something like this and didn’t have the nerve. And if they are your father, they send you articles about shipwrecks.