I love jumping into cold water.
Well, wait. Let me back up. I love jumping into cold water with other people around.
Why? Because after thirty seconds of acclimation, I get to chuckle as my friends negotiate the inner fortitude to get themselves to do the very thing they just watched me do.
It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, admittedly, but who doesn’t have those? And this feeling carries over into the aftermath of Radical Sabbatical, when Glen and I came home completely rewired and ready to live life on our own terms. It became music to our ears to hear people say, “I don’t know how you’re doing it.” How are you entrepreneurs working exclusively from home, they’d wonder? How are you shutting down every day at five?
How are you dictating your own vacation schedules and unplugging at will?
I’m not without envy of certain things, but the envy that people have expressed for the life we lead surely provides legitimacy for the risks and bold steps we’ve taken.
But see, I unfortunately can’t get you around the stark reality that dictating a life of your own is not possible without having the guts to make it happen so you can watch everyone trying to figure out how they are going to get in the pool with you.
So here are some bold steps you will likely need to take to bring balance to your life and win it back from whatever incessant pursuit is swallowing you whole:
It’s scary to set boundaries, but once you do, you have them. By definition, everything else has no choice but to fall into place around them.
And getting your life back takes guts. I wish there was a way around it. But relax. This isn’t a never-ending battle. Right now, it seems like one because we think of all discomfort in our lives as permanent. In reality, all you need to do is create a little disruption for a while, and take the plunge.
“This, too, shall pass.” ~The Buddha
Then you’ll be in that refreshing water watching everyone wonder how the heck you took the plunge.