“No, I am not dying.”
There have been multiple reactions when I have told people about my decision to quit my job and go travel the world. Those who know me more closely, were immediately happy for me, called me a brave woman and encouraged me to follow my dreams.
Some of my co-workers thought I was just saying that as an elegant exit from my job. Other people could not understand why I would do such a thing. They were somewhat skeptical at the beginning but after asking many questions, came to terms with the idea and supported by plan. There were a couple of people who completely ignored the information when a friend mentioned what I was going to do, as if they even didn’t hear it. That one was really weird.
Some of my daughter’s friends asked her if I was okay, but the most incredible one was my ex-husband who told my daughter that he thought I had a terminal disease and wanted to do this before dying. What an ass &*%#!!
This idea of people thinking that only when you are about to die, is the time to decide to follow your dreams is interesting but very sad.
Life should be about living to the fullest, about experiencing, connecting, and feeling in the now!
I am part of the baby boomers, the generation that was raised to study, work, get married, have kids, work some more, retire after 30 years in the same company and postpone any out-of-the-box experiences until after retirement. But something happened in my life that changed that paradigm completely…
My father had a stroke at age 42. I was 8 years old. He spend 20 years in a wheel chair, not being able to talk or walk. I learned at a very young age that life can change in a minute. I learned that you must not wait until after retirement to follow your dreams, to have fun, to explore the world. I decided that I was going to have a balanced life. For me, the meaning of work life balance was working very hard but also devoting time to do what I liked most, which was traveling. I decided that I was going to start enjoying wonderful experiences early in my life and career. That my daughter was going to be raised with that mindset. That I was not going to wait until retirement.
So that became my goal every year, to work hard so that I could afford to go on our next vacation. In addition to my child, this desire to explore the world has been one of the main drivers of my life. For other people it’s not traveling, but the same concept applies. I want for anyone who reads this blog to be inspired and to believe that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Make sure that your life includes doing the things that you are passionate about NOW.
Don’t wait. Make a plan. Postpone nothing!