What would you do with 3 months off? To go anywhere and do anything?
What would you do with 3 months off? To go anywhere and do anything? That's exactly what I've just done. As you may know, I've spent the last three months 'living the dream'. I put my presenting commitments in the UK on hold, left the keys to my apartment with a friend, and came out to Sydney to finish my third book. "It's not a holiday", I have protested almost daily. But, okay, it's been damn close to it. Well now my holiday - oops - work time in Sydney is almost finished, so what did I do and what did I learn?
I've tasted fine wine in the Hunter Valley, and cheap BBQ'd bangers by the beach. I've been to gigs at the Olympic Stadium and the Sydney Opera House. I've made lifelong friends in coffee shops. I've swum in the sea most mornings (and learnt not to get caught in rip tides). I've taken hour-long bus journeys (and the view has been so good I haven't checked my iPhone once). I've visited my local pie shop at least four times a week - and still not got fat, hurrah. I've woken up to the sound of waves and a view of the sea (see the photo from my bedroom window above). I've spent lots of time with my best mate and his wife and watched their baby daughter grow day-by-day. I've seen England win the Ashes. I've been out-drunk by a 75-year old. I've walked across hot coals. I've spent way more than I've earnt. Oh yeah, and I've written a book.
Sure, there have been one or two downsides: I have missed my family and friends and the people I care about - a lot. If Skype wasn't free then I'd be a lot poorer. But I'm certainly not complaining.
What the last three months has really given me though is something I never normally have enough of: Time.
The time to work out in the gym every day. The time to wait at the bus stop for half an hour and not care. The time to walk along the beach, just because I can. Even the time to ponder why Aussie pies are so very tasty.
Most of all, the time to think.
As the Roman philosopher Seneca said.
And I've had the time to think about what's really important to me; the work I care about, the people I love, my purpose, what I want to do next, the projects I want to work on, the things I want to learn, the places I want to see and the people I want to see them with.
Next time you have three months, or three days, or three minutes free, what truth can you discover with the extra time?
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