*Spoiler alert: it gets sad before the HAPPY ENDING
Focus a while on those and you'll see a lot of letters repeated that really make your eyes water. Mine are simple, and warm, with loving parents who supported my love for books and travel. They still do.
run, ROBOT, run
I have been an A.I. engineer, a consultant, an investor, and an entrepreneur. I made cheese for a time, then gelato, and mountains of spreadsheets, and sold drugs (the pharmacy kind). I have been fortunate to work with supportive people who always pushed me to continue growing.
For years I worked at night, on weekends and holidays, phones buzzing with new destinations, new people, new deadlines. There were parties, too, and desert islands, frozen glaciers and a memorable race against time on a single-propeller plane with no seat-belts (but plenty of chickens).
hitting the WALL
I was progressing, but only professionally. Investing, but only in physical assets. Meeting people, but only superficially. I was too busy to see what was right in front of me. I was unhappy.
I worked and built and climbed, telling myself all would be fine once I reached the next milestone.
It made my stomach hurt, my bones hurt, my hair fall out. I ended up in hospital, more than once.
Something had to change.
learning to stand still
I had to make great sacrifices, which not everyone understood. One sunny day, I found the courage to pack a bag and leave.
Now I cross continents by van, motorcycle, helicopter and submarine. In every place, I have met someone incredible. These people, places, experiences inspire me to make the most of each day.
I am learning that satisfaction comes from doing what you love, not what makes the most money.
That memorable travel is a slow experience, not a ride on a speedboat.
That people come and go, but to a precious few, you should hold on.
I'm also learning to stand still, and not compare myself with others. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it is only with yourself.
I want to share what I have learnt. I write stories and paint pictures about the little things we shouldn't take for granted. I hope you enjoy them.