The Dalai Lama said, “Asians don’t know how to worry.”
He must have noticed that people in the USA are about to have heart attacks from thinking too much.
I have the solution. Quit your job and leave the West behind – spread your wings and fly!
Here’s my list to inspire you:
1.You’ll get younger (not older.) Studies have shown, keep learning
and you won’t age. Those brain cells need revitalizing.
2.Stress kills, quit, and find something you love
3.Go live in another country. It costs less than staying in the USA working.
My rent per month in 2012 in all the countries I lived in this year:
Santa Cruz, Guatemala: $300 for a lovely house with private terrace overlooking, what Aldous Huxley called the most beautiful lake in the world, Lake Atitlan. (utilities included)
Tulum, Mexico: renting a clean basic room on the Yucatan a few kilometers from the sea for $20 per night or if you like rustic, $8 per night for a hostel or camping on the beach, same price. I liked the beach until I got rained out.
Half Moon Bay, California: $600 for 2 weeks for a small 2-room house walking distance to the glorious beach.
Bangkok, Thailand: fully loaded hotel room – AC, own bathroom, king-size bed, wifi in room, proper air flow, quiet and all for $21 per night.
Loei, Thailand in Issan. Room in guesthouse: use of kitchen, wifi in room, fan only, kind family, shared spotlessly clean bathroom, $6 per night.
Chiang Mai, Thailand: Guesthouse $12 per night; wifi in room, AC, fridge, good bed, Quiet.
Pai, Thailand Best Deal of the Year: $200 per month (incl. utilities) for my own house in Pai with a breathtaking view of the sunset, quiet, mountains, hot springs, and clouds floating by (no wifi in the house, no AC, I loved it!)
So the high cost is no longer an issue.
4. Don’t think about it – just dive in. Luangpo my meditation master and spiritual friend in Loei, Thailand says, “You thinking, thinking, you aren’t in Thailand. Look at heart, look at body.” It’s all about the moment.
Anything you have to think about for too long usually doesn’t work.
5. You discover the wonder inside you by slicing off the past.
There is nothing familiar: no anchors to hold on to — you are free floating.
I’m not saying the past is bad. Just that the Past is Over. The Present is where it’s.
6. What do you live on?
You live on your wits.
You can volunteer and receive room and board.
You can give massages, cook, teach yoga/meditation, English, you can do it!
I currently, teach photography, write and shoot for Vagabond Magazine, and get hired to shoot photographs.
Set up a business for tourists – guiding, teaching.
Run an Internet business
Do the business you are doing now as a consultant from Asia, Belize, or Fez, Morocco.
7. “I’ll do it next year” — never happens.
Once you do it – you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
8. OK, you do have to pay back your bills before flying free. So did I.
Now I have one bill: rent for a tiny storage unit in California for my photography/art stuff, china dishes from my Mom, glassware and artifacts.
9. Being free is a choice. Choosing to be happy is also a choice. I choose happiness every day even when I’m feeling bratty.
10. Invest in your self. Rather than the stock market or a house.
Give your self the option of re-inventing yourself. Only you can do it – no one else will do it for you.
Jump in! Don’t think about it. Bathe in the sweet waters of wonder and awe.
Write and tell me what you feel and how you will implement your new plans!
Mary Bartnikowski, pro-photographer, author, and educator from Palo Alto California, down the street from Steve Jobs, sold all her belongings and is shooting, writing, and publishing worldwide. She has led programs at Apple, Stanford University, Intel and globally.
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