I’ve never been one for using quotes on my blog and I rarely write about my personal life as I’m quite a private person. I feel compelled today though to get a little personal and tell you that I have just left a very demanding executive role I’ve held for many years. I’m going to use a few quotes to explain why.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Many years ago when our children were still quite young, my husband and I purchased our first house in Melbourne which we had planned to immediately renovate. But we also wanted to travel overseas. Our heads were telling us to spend our money wisely. We had young children, a mortgage … we needed to be sensible. Our hearts however were saying go … take your children, be adventurous.
So we followed our hearts, flew to London and spent an amazing seven weeks travelling all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We eventually renovated that house but never forgot our trip.
My husband passed away a few years ago and I KNOW he would have deeply regretted not ‘sailing away from the safe harbour’ had we not done so in those earlier years of our lives together. We travelled many more times – mainly around Europe and the US. Our children are now independent young women who also love to travel and explore the world.
It’s now time for me to leave that safe harbour once again. To Explore. Dream. Discover.
“I don’t want to earn my living. I want to live.”
I know I’m very fortunate to be in a position where I can choose to leave my job as many don’t have this option. So what will I do with my time? I’ll do a little freelancing but I’ll also take some time to do what I love most. I’ll write, take lots of photos, travel, do some more writing, and take some more photos. I might take some short courses in things I’ve always dreamed about doing. I may also try to learn a new language. I’ll finally learn how my camera works. I’ll learn to sail a yacht rather than just crew. I’ll spend some time living in cities I love – Paris, Barcelona, New York, London – and others I haven’t been to yet.
I will live.
“I have decided to be happy, because it’s good for my health.”