The End of the World (as we know it)

December 17, 2012 — 6 Comments
Dan overlooking Machu Picchu

Dan overlooking Machu Picchu

The Mayan prophecies are correct; the world as we know it will change forever, but it won’t necessarily happen exactly on December 21st, 2012.

As you might have read on my wife’s guest post, we’re about to experience some major changes. Allow me to summarize. My wife is leaving her job at the end of January, we’re selling our house, and I’ll start an unpaid leave in March for 9 months as we travel the world.

The end of our world is imminent as we head out on a new adventure, and I’m still not sure how the Mayans predicted it so accurately! Soon I’ll give more details on why we decided to do this, how we can do it financially, and where we’ll go. We’re excited, nervous, intrigued, afraid, and incredibly lucky all at the same time.

However, it’s not luck that will allow us to do our round the world trip. As my fortune cookie from Friday said, “By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free”.

You have a choice to make soon – should you commit to a New Year’s resolution? Let me throw this quote from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement address at you –

Man at Cusco Parade“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

There’s so much wisdom in those two paragraphs, but the death of a person isn’t the only change agent. Habits, ways of living, and old routines can also die. You may be pushed into change by an external factor (job loss) or you can be the initiator of the change. Either way, the death of your normal routines oftentimes lead to incredible growth.

My wife also mentioned BREAK FREE (get used to seeing it in caps!). You’ll hear more about that next week. What about you, are the Mayans predicting your change as well?

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6 responses to The End of the World (as we know it)

  1. I am so excited for you. I understand how all those emotions would course through you with this choice/decision you’re making. For me, I have been on my own adventure. It has had it’s highs and lows but what is different is I chose this, just as you choose your next steps with your new adventure. I so look forward to hearing about it as you journey through your new experiences. 🙂

  2. I am SO excited for the both of you. OK I am jealous too. I wish I had the courage to do what you are going to do. Your adventures will be great seeds for many blogs to come. Will we be hearing from you while you are on your journeys?

  3. How exciting for you and your wife! My husband and I did a lot of travelling when we split our year between working in Yellowstone and Everglades National Park, and now that we’ve moved from Idaho to North Carolina, we’re seeing tons of new sights. It’s hard to say what give someone the travel bug, but once you’ve been bitten, life is never the same. I’ll be looking forward to reading more about your journey.

  4. The changes really are coming. As you said, it may not be the end as most believe, but it is there. Many of us have felt the affects of the changes already. You are in a great position now where you have the opportunity to choose the changes, instead of them being arbitrarily forced upon you.

  5. That’s really awesome that you guys are taking this step. I pray that I can summon the courage to one day do the same. Travelling is one of the great gifts of life. And while it is never too late to partake of it. The sooner the better.

  6. Hello Dan: My mother died at age 55 (when I was just 13) so I leanred early in life that the rug may be pulled out from under you at any time without notice. That’s why I adopted a mantra to love every day as if it might be my last. That way, I enjoy every opportunity and don’t let lifes pleasures pass me by. Enjoy your time away. I’m sure it will be a blast, and an experience you will never forget.

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