A major life decision has been made. Plans are afoot to break free of cubicle nation and go where the heart desires (the list is long!). As a friend aptly put it, “There is a premium on your youth, don’t piss it away”. Of course, some might say aimless wandering is precisely pissing it away, but I think not.
And what do I purport to gain from said rebellion? Perspective – that much bandied about (by me) term but I value it. Hark, I have spoken about this in the past!
It is time to put dreams and thoughts into action. What experiences shall I partake of, what beauty shall I seek? It feels like the world is a smorgasbord and I am the lone diner. Should I sample various fares, or should I satiate myself with really digging into a small number of dishes. I think I’ll pick the latter for now. Pick two or three experiences that I think will help me grow, and dive right in.
I have applied to be a volunteer in Tanzania or Ghana. Post that I intend to live on a farm in New Zealand. Next I’d like to learn Spanish, so probably some time in a Spanish speaking country – again the choices are many – Argentina is top of the charts right now! So much to do, so little time.
Thankfully, this is one smorgasbord where the food outlasts you!
I have been following Chris Guillebeau’s blog – ‘The art of non conformity’ – for a while now.
Here is a guy who quit his business and decided to travel the world and write about his experiences while doing it. Just another backpacker you might think, but wait – Chris makes almost 50,000$ a year! By his own admission, he spends 90% of his time doing things that he wants to do and 10% of his time doing things to make money. My kind of life!
I am increasingly convinced that I must be self-employed. 9 to 6 is not going to cut it for me. There is too much to see, learn and experience in this world to spend half my day at a cubicle.
I am going to spend the next few months actively contemplating this question. I am not going to wait for the next big idea, instead I am going to focus on doing small things that teach me what I am capable of doing. The big idea is (hopefully!) just a small idea that makes it big!
There is no utopia, no paradise, just a desire to wander. As a wise old man once said:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
So, it was just another lazy Sunday, until I decided to go watch three short plays in Marathi. Then it became an interesting Sunday!
One of them was called “One second’s life”. It was about two people who are trapped under the front wheels of a bus and the last second of their life as the rear wheels approach them. It shows the thoughts that go through their minds, the conversations they have, the unfulfilled dreams that they will leave behind. One second was expanded to an hour. Very interesting concept (theatre noir?), executed with no props or sets, only light and sound and two good actors!
Made me think about the gift of life!
I made a new resolution: All my endeavors should be such that if someone were to tell me – you can’t do that anymore – I should be happy with what I have done so far. If I bowl four balls in an over and pull my hamstring, I should be happy with the 4 that I bowled and retire in peace!
In the meanwhile, I finally got my hands on a sketch book and some color pencils and sketched the window of my room and a lamp with a scarf hanging on it!
Went skiing to Lake Tahoe a couple weeks ago. Learnt to ski on day 1 and actually skiied on day 2 🙂
There is something inherently beautiful about snow and lakes and evergreens. I guess thats why they are on so many postcards and paintings!
A few pictures here.
Going again next weekend, more pictures then 🙂
Life is good!