I have been absent from blogging. I went from actively joining all courses available, interacting with followers and bloggers I follow, posting very often, joining and creating multiple challenges in this blog together with friends and bloggers, to posting perhaps 3-4 times monthly.
What has happened?
Those who have ever read my about page, will perhaps remember that some years ago, whilst being a corporate executive, I engaged in a quest for a different lifestyle, and decided to change course and “take the road less traveled'”. Some call this a focus on ‘being’ as opposed to ‘doing’.
I gave myself more ‘me-time’, the one that people say that brings life-balance. Yoga, sports, photography, writing, blogging, traveling, being with friends, reading, thinking (!!!) more creatively, and working with more pleasure.
Wait, before you make any premature conclusions, let me make clear that I didn’t spend one year emulating the Happiness Project from Gretchen Rubin, to find my purpose in life. I simply freed time from work, and used somewhere else. I broke up my exclusive relationship with a 24×7 work mindset. That was all.
It felt good and I highly recommend it to anyone. “When you come to the fork in the road, take it!”, just like Yogi Berra advised. Be aware though, that this is a very personal quest, and there will be no Happiness toolkit, which will lead you to the truth. You will cross many milestones, and find diverse truths, as you move on your journey.
Since May this year, I immersed in a work project, which has taken more time than I have planned. Slowly, I have seen a time squeeze in my daily routine, which has eaten up time from my ‘me-time’. I started to fill torn between ‘work-time’ and ‘me-time’, as if I had betrayed my ‘being’ and had returned to the ‘doing’ addiction, which affects most active people.
I have to share with you my conclusion that although worth it, my quest was a bit of a fallacy. I tried to create an artificial lifestyle, as if I were someone else. In fact I need active participation in both, my work and ‘me-time’. That is what makes me happy.
Let me make a disclaimer. This is no self-help post, as my blog is not dedicated to this theme. Perhaps if it had been, I had already written a best seller with a toolkit towards finding life meaning and purpose, and didn’t even need to work anymore, right? The fact and the matter is that I simply wanted to share my latest conclusions with you, my blogger friends, who never gave up on me, and continued coming back here, even if I posted in an erratic way.
I want you to know that my project has been tremendously fulfilling, and that I am very happy with my life.
However, I also want you to know that I give priority to every opportunity I have, to visit/comment in some of your blogs, instead of posting in mine. Above all, I want you to know that I miss you and think often of you all.
This featured photo was taken during a ferry boat trip in Portugal, early this year. This man’s expression seems to be one of a kind, one that portrays the definition of a quest, i.e. a long or arduous search for something.