Wrong Side of the Road

Or, learning how to drive in Turks & Caicos

Good morning!

As many of you know, Elizabeth and I spent a wonderful week in Turks & Caicos in May to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Weather was perfect. 🌞

Food was delicious… Conch fritters & cold beer, anyone? 🍻

Some of the best snorkeling we’ve ever done, seeing lots of sea turtles and a couple of large eagle rays.

And while Providenciales (the island we visited in Turks & Caicos) isn’t BIG, we still rented a car to explore beaches and restaurants that weren’t walking distance from our Airbnb.

And that’s where things got really interesting.

You see, in Turks & Caicos they drive on the wrong side of the road.

It’s a British territory, so I’m sure they consider it the correct side of the road. (notice I didn’t say “right” side of the road 😉)

And on top of that, Hertz gave us a right-side-drive car. 🚗

In other words, the steering wheel was on the wrong side of the car too.

Now, let me first say the people of Turks & Caicos that we met or interacted with were all lovely.

But on the roads - where there isn’t a single traffic signal on the entire island - things could get a little… let’s call it “exciting.”

Instead of traffic signals, they have lots of roundabouts.

So just to recap, I had to learn to:

  • Drive on the wrong side of the road

  • In a car with the steering wheel on the right

  • Where the locals bounce through roundabouts like they’re all on the way to the emergency room or something

Oh, and did I mention that the speed limit signs were in MPH but the speedometer in our rental was in KPH.

Half the time I didn’t know if I was speeding or holding up traffic.

Thankfully our T&C driving adventure had a happy ending.

We returned our rental car on the way to the airport without a scratch on it. Which is good because we didn’t buy the rental insurance (and never do).

But the driving was not without a few scares.

I was actually more worried about Elizabeth, white-knuckled in the passenger seat, having a heart attack than I was worried about scratches and dings on our tiny little Suzuki Alto rental car.

I could go on...

But by day 2, I was comfortable behind the wheel and Elizabeth actually had her eyes open while I was driving. 👀

Looking back, it was another memorable, fun part of our trip.

But at the time, I’ll admit I was a little nervous.

Not so nervous about driving - I’m comfortable behind the wheel (or handlebars) of pretty much any vehicle.

I was more nervous about Elizabeth getting hurt. Or hurting someone else on the road.

But we didn’t let that stop us from getting out and driving all over that island.

So a question:

What’s preventing you from shifting your money into “drive” and getting out there and exploring life?

Your life.

Your one and only life.

For some of you, maybe it feels a little foreign. Like driving on the wrong side of the road.

Or maybe you don’t feel like you know how to get started.

Maybe it’s simply a worry that you’ll make a costly mistake resulting in one step forward and 2 (or many more) steps back.

Maybe you’ve made some decisions in the past that you regret and they’ve held you up from getting back on track.

Perhaps you’ve just gone through a major life transition like divorce or the loss of a spouse, and you’re simply overwhelmed by literally everything right now.

Whatever your situation, please know there are resources and great people out there who are willing to help.

I consider myself one of them.

But whether you email me or find help elsewhere, just know that while it might be a little nerve-wracking right now, purposeful planning could help you achieve the clarity, comfort, & confidence around your money that empowers you to stop going through the motions and really living YOUR life.

More on this in future weekly letters…

Oh, and in case you missed them, here are my 2 most recent podcast episodes which were published in the last few weeks:

Stay tuned for more fun and interesting podcast episodes in the coming weeks and months.

Thanks for reading this week’s letter.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, would like to discuss anything, or have any suggestions for future topics.

Until next Wednesday,

Russ

Retirement Planning for Women

Postscript: Want to share a video with you I created a while back talking about Jigsaw Puzzles.🧩 Check it out, let me know what you think, and please feel welcome to pass it along to others (along with encouraging them to subscribe to this newsletter - The Wealthcare Weekly).

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