Many people wonder what motivates a person to pack up their life, sell their home and go live on an island full time. For me this picture dramatically illustrates my motivation…
At 29 I had managed to work my way up to a great position in an exciting Fortune 500 computer company only to realize that (at the end of the day) the only reason I was working was for the paycheck. It was an exciting time to be in the technology field (before personal computers), to work with some really talented Harvard MBA’s and enjoy the rather relaxed and fun corporate culture. However, the 65+ hour work weeks, 2 hour commute and lack of (what I could technically call) a life finally took its toll.The following explains my “Ah Ha” moment!
On a particularly arduous drive home I actually flashed on how I might be able to get a respite from the stress and work by just having a minor car accident which would require me to spend a day or two in a quiet, hospital room with no deadlines, commute or corporate expectations. It was on that day that I decided to change my life. I’ll always remember the stars in the eyes of my colleagues when I told them that I had decided to make such a dramatic change in my life and move to an island. They all so wanted to do the same thing but were no doubt afraid to make the leap of faith.
With only a husband and no children to worry about, we immediately came to the Vineyard, found a realtor, bought a house with lots of bedrooms (alright so I had seen too many Newhart Shows), sold our home and completely changed our lives. While not everyone is in a position to be able to just abandon their old lives and move to an island, I would still encourage everyone to take some reflective time and decide why you are doing what you do and whether or not it is bringing you happiness. Being lucky enough to move to such a special place made our move all the easier but sometimes the place is a state of mind. Had I not moved here but still made the changes in my life to take back what my corporate life had devoured, my life would have been very different than it is today but I think the resultant sense of peace and contentment would have been the same. Had an “Aha” moment you could share?
Photo by Michael Loke