Greetings from a tropical island in Southeast Asia.
It’s a fairly typical island, as these things go. It took a while to make it here, with connecting flights through Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. It operates on island time, where breakfast goes until 11am and happy hour is at least a four-hour period beginning in the late afternoon and continuing indefinitely.
Apparently there’s a beach of some sort. (I like looking out at the water, but I’m not a beach person.)
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautiful place, with nice people and good fruit smoothies. I’m glad I came, in my new experiment of not flying somewhere every other day while traveling.
But as nice as it is, I didn’t come to escape. I’m not on vacation.
I came to work on a few projects in a new environment, and because I like travel. I had never been to this island, and it looked interesting. Why not?
Escape TO, not Escape FROM
What could you build that you’d want to escape to instead of escape from?
How could you wake up excited … eager … full of energy to make progress on work that mattered? Not bogged down in your inbox, not distracted by tasks that drain your energy… but genuinely happy about what lay ahead?
If you manage to find or create this extraordinary work, in a world of ordinary routine, better find or create a way to keep it.
You might think that this perspective is a privileged way of life, something available only to those who are rich or successful or otherwise endowed with choices unavailable to you.
But no! This perspective is a prerequisite to a new way of life. You start with this perspective and then you work toward creating the actual life.
It’s not simple, it’s not easy, it’s not always straightforward. But it’s always worth it! It’s the whole point!
You begin with it and then you carry it forward.
When new things come your way, you evaluate them against the standard of escaping. Would I want to do this if I didn’t have to? Would I be excited about waking up and working on this?
If yes, great!
If no, that’s what you need to escape from.
Build your own reality. Decide for yourself what this reality looks like. No one is stopping you, and the next step is yours to take.