The feeling of urgency!
I know, I know. We didn’t get ourselves into debt overnight, and we aren’t going to get out of it overnight either. But with each passing day, I am feeling an increased sense of urgency to “Get er done!”
I can’t help but think back to when we were buying the home in which we now live. We had a span of eleven full months from the time we made our initial offer to the time we took possession. It took us that long to get our old house market-ready and then get it sold. There was no way we wanted to (or could afford to) carry two mortgages. With a hefty non-refundable deposit on the home we were buying, we had a lot of money on the table. We had an intense sense of urgency and felt it more and more with each passing day. Thankfully we did get our house sold and took possession of our current home four months before our contracted deadline. At the time though, those eleven months felt like the longest eleven months of my life…until now!
We are now just shy of six months into our get-out-of-debt journey. While we don’t have an “official” timeline as we did with our house, I once again, feel the same sense of urgency. When it comes to getting out of debt, this feeling of urgency is no doubt actually a good thing. Without it, who knows how long we would remain in debt. My best guess is probably forever! I refuse to let that happen. We need to (and will!) get this debt out of our lives once and for all.
I know there will come a day, much like with those eleven months of real estate dealings, that we reflect back to this time too. Right now it feels like the journey is taking forever. At the time, those eleven months did too! Now I can look back and see the hurdles we crossed with all the ups and downs and be amazed! Was it easy? Nope! Was it worth it? You bet it was! July will mark our second anniversary in our home, and I still pinch myself that we made it happen. I long to feel the same about our current journey and in time I know I will.
How long ago did you decide to work towards getting out of debt? I’m not talking about simply wanting to get out of debt, but making a real commitment to do it! Do you feel a sense of urgency to see it through and get er done? If not, what are you waiting for?