I’ve been thinking about a quote about making things happen, like really happen, said by Patrick the husband of the husband & wife duo behind Tennis. Tennis is a new band with a lovely sound but only three songs. Better than their album length is their story of refurbishing a sailboat and making their way up the eastern seaboard together. The AV Club interviewed Patrick, and here’s what he said about making “dreams” a reality:
AVC: Going on an extended tour of the seas is no small ambition. How’d you make that happen?
PR: I started seriously saving for a sailboat about four years ago. That’s when I decided that I can’t go to concerts anymore because when I go to a concert, I want a beer. All of a sudden a $10 cover turns into $25 if I want a record or something. These last three years have really been about shaping our desires through a life of saving rather than destroying all our desires by wanting to go out and buy stuff. We didn’t really go to concerts for the last three years at all. We were on this hardcore saving plan, where every ounce of money was going into the bank or going into a mutual fund, just trying to get as much money as possible. Then we did it, and everyone was like, “Well, that was weird. How did you do that?” It’s not that hard if you just realize it. If you want to go backpacking in Patagonia for a year, if you want to live in Europe for a year, make a plan. It’s totally possible today.
And while we’re at it, isn’t the music great too?