Being away and having time and space to think and feel always does wonders. If money was not an issue and you could take 12 months off from work, how would you spend your time?
I’ve often thought about this idea. What experience would I like to do, but never would do. I’ve thought about getting an excavator license, learn how to fly a helicopter, open a yoga and meditation retreat, or a sheesha lounge. Today, as I was riding through a simple and peaceful village this idea struck me like a lightening rod.
I would love to live on a farm and learn how to cultivate and harvest crops. I’ve always wondered about agriculture and how it works. My own sustainable farm. This would be on a much smaller scale though. I want to learn how to live off the land, with whole foods and learn how to cook. In the process live each day in its simplest form. Away from civilization as I know it and the commercial world that surrounds it. Trading things wrapped in plastic packaging for banana leaves. Being conscious of my environmental footprint. All the stuff we teach kids, but don’t really do ourselves. Yes, I’m talking to you.
What is stopping me? Money. Job security. A mortgage….
Well, yes. These things do limit most people. And it is the reality we have created. But, more and more people are starting to take sabaticals leaving their high-paying jobs to seek something more nourishing and fulfilling. Sounds good doesn’t it!
We all have dreams. We all dream about doing the things we love doing or can’t live without, yet how many people do you know that are actually living their dream? Are you?
I really need to consider how I can live the life I want to experience, even if it is only for a short period. The learning that would happen during this time would truly be unforgettable. Eating healthy and whole foods, farming, water irrigation, cooking, sustainability, making-do with the simple things in life, learning a language and making real community connections. It just goes on and on.
What would you be doing if you had 12 months off? How would you spend your time?