SABBATICAL (SƏˈBATɪK(Ə)L) NOUN
A PERIOD OF LEAVE GRANTED FROM WORK FOR STUDY OR TRAVEL, TRADITIONALLY LASTING FROM TWO MONTHS TO A YEAR
“I’LL BE AWAY ON SABBATICAL”
On that note, I suppose the cat is out of the bag. My partner Rob and I have both had an extended amount of leave granted from work – allowing us to press the pause button on the day-to-day corporate grind and press the fast forward button on life that will take us on an adventure around the world. (I know the immediate reaction to those that know us will say – “When are you NOT travelling?” 🙂 Not going to fly with me. I have had the same amount of holiday as everyone else.) Now it’s time to go on a sabbatical.
We all have our mottos that impact how we live our lives. You often hear “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” “Be the best that you can be,” and so on. Mine centers around What-Ifs. Not dwelling on any existential what-ifs, but making sure I don’t find myself in a situation where I allow myself to want to explore how life would have been if I did X, Y, or Z. I’ve lived with a what-if. While I am in no way, shape, or form unhappy with my life I do often wonder how things would have been if I had taken the other path that presented it before I went to university. Life is too short to not allow yourself to live. Living with that decision (while ultimately the best one I probably could have made) is why I will never allow myself another what-if moment.
That motto is what led me to take an extended study abroad program in Germany just before my graduation, which led to me building a relationship with my father and meeting my grandparents for the first time. No way in hell could I imagine life without them in it. A reality if I hadn’t prolonged my graduation and the start of my career.
This perspective is also what led me to apply for a summer internship at a digital marketing company which after a year and a half took a chance on me to help open up their London office. Decisions were made to leave my friends and family behind, uproot my life, and essentially start a new one. I have busted my ass since joining the organisation in 2008 and have had some amazing experiences as a result. I knew from the moment the opportunity initially presented itself I had no choice but to accept.
My partner Rob and I found ourselves in a very unique situation as we were confronted with delays during the purchase of our new home. We both moved out of our respective homes. We were living like nomads and becoming AirBnB aficionados. Rob decided to switch things up and take on a contract role. It was as if the things that were keeping us tied down to our day-to-day lives were disappearing quicker than we could ever have imagined.
Over a bottle of orange wine (white wine’s version of a rose – do yourself a favour and look it up) in our favourite wine bar in Shoreditch, we giggled about how amazing it would be to push what’s left of everything else aside and go on a massive adventure. With the exception of my job, we didn’t have a single thing that prevented us from heading straight to the airport at that moment.
So I guess you are connecting the dots? Life Decision To Be Made – Sabbatical – No What-Ifs, Right? Exactly.
Let’s flash forward a few months – both of our companies have allowed us to take our opportunity, our new home has tenants, we have one hell of a trip planned, and the best part – our bucket list adventure all starts in a couple of weeks. Boating though the Galapagos Islands, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, trekking in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp are just some of the highlights that await us.
It doesn’t seem real. Pinch me.
I’m a very practical person. I live a life based on logic and not emotion. Simply never want to give myself an opportunity to ever question another life decision. I would prefer to take an opportunity, fail and learn from it than not take it and always wonder what-if. Leaving everything behind again is very risky and is sure to come with its ups and downs – but the stars aligned on this one for sure. Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.
Dom is officially on the go.