So I quit my job. This is the first time I haven't had a desk job a decade. Let me first say that I have no idea what I'm doing. Just none whatsoever.
All I know now is that I'm committed to trying something different.
I am trying hard to go on a new and different journey. I was plenty happy in my last job, I had good title (Head of Travel APAC, Google), lotsa salary, a team of reports to coach, a girlfriend, and all of the things that should make life great. And I was happy.
If I had to put it on a scale, I'd say I was 8/10 happy.
But I didn't feel at all like my life had meaning. Maybe 3/10 on the scale.
And ya, it bothered me, but the general warmth and comfort kept me from thinking about it too much. I enjoyed the present and tried to keep getting promoted.
Then, I was on a work project in Ghana in the fall of 2014. A friend and I had found a guide to take us to see a Voodoo priest. Before the Voodoo ceremony (which was its own crazy journey) we were walking around Kumasi and learning about our guide George. We were talking about life, and I was sharing with George that I wanted to make my life more meaningful
George then asked me something that will stick with me for a long time -
Is there anything in your life worth dying for?
I didn't have an answer - it was stark and unsettling moment.
I got back home, and the more people I talked to, the more convinced I became that so many of us are on the journey to make our lives more meaningful. But, we aren't necessarily doing anything about it.
So, thats what timeon.org is all about - trying to understand the things I can do to make life more meaningful.
With no job, and no plan for one and I'm going to go out and do all the cool things I've wanted to do in my life.
And I'm going to reflect qualitatively (on this blog) and quantitatively (I'm tracking lots of things, money, weather, sleep, # of people I meet) and see if I discover anything.
I'll share it, and hopefully it will be useful.
Either way, I'll have lots of fun doing it.
I was just in Bali with my two sisters, and we watched a beautiful sunset together