I’m writing this to you on my way to Hong Kong. I’ll be there for a night catching up with some family then it’s off to Thailand, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand for the next 2 months as I explore, get a change of scenery and get lost for a while.
Bassam, how can you leave now when your business is growing, when you have things to do?!
Well that’s just it. If not now, then when? I’ve always been someone who never cared too much about stuff, status or money. The only things I’ve tried to hoard were experiences and memories. In fact, those experiences have made me a better speaker, coach and teacher as I can find new ways relate to others when discussing stepping into the unknown.
The clients, writing gigs, conferences, networking events, and work will all be there when I return, I’m quite confident. But if I’m not bettering and exploring who it is that I am and coming up with new ideas from new vantage points, then I’m doing myself and all of my potential clients a disservice.
You Define The Rules Of Your Life
Many of us tell ourselves that we’ll do something when we’ve made enough money or that we wish we did something that allowed us to travel more. But the truth is honest and candid: You make of this life what you want.
For all those who tell me, “I wish I had your life,” in response to hearing about my trip, I can quite confidently say, “No you don’t.” What is typically meant by anyone who says, “I wish I had your life” usually means, “I wish I had all of the things I perceive to be luxurious about your life without having to do, or in fact know what it took to have said luxury.”
I can assure you that my life is not that grand, sexy, or enviable, but it is mine. It’s the one I’ve created and I’m proud of that. I have patiently and painstakingly carved out a lifestyle over the years that has allowed me to take a trip like this.
I’ve fallen into the trap of comparing myself to others and wishing I had what they had, but we should never wish to have any life other than our own because doing so only takes us out of our realities and what we need to do to improve them. Don’t live in the shadows and the mirrors of what someone else is doing. Figure out who you want to be and what kind of a life you want to live and start moving in that direction, ever so slowly.
I have been “on” for the better part of 7 days a week for the past year but being “on” isn’t the only option I have. This trip is me raising a glass to turning it “off” for a little while and recharging my batteries along the way.
So off I go on my mini-retirement. I’ll still be writing but I apologize if my posts and response times are a little less than stellar over the next 7 weeks. I hope you can sympathize with my yearning for wanderlust and my need to leave my comfort zone.
What break are you scheduling for yourself in the upcoming future, even if it’s for a day or weekend? How are you turning things “off”?