Welcome to the beginning of 1yearsabbatical! This is day 1 of the journey. Here is how it all came about. One day after turning 40 I read Chris Guillebeau’s “A Brief Guide to World Domination” and like a light-bulb turning on I came to the realization that there is more to life than the daily grind of working in an unfulfilling job day after day. There was a lot of world to be explored and dreams to be attempted and I felt that time was running out. The beginning of a mid-life crisis? Maybe. But I’d also spent years giving in to my fears and denying myself my own dreams all for the sake of comfort and security. So I decided to take a 1 year sabbatical and try and figure it all out.
With the added complexity of having a family I decided to put together this site to chronicle and detail all the steps (and missteps) we take to prepare for and execute our 1 year sabbatical in Indonesia. I don’t know where this will lead to or what will happen. I don’t have all the answers. I just know that if I don’t try this now I will wake up 20 years from now and regret not doing something. Is this extreme? Possibly; but then I think sitting in a cubicle all day long toiling away is also an extreme way to live.
My hope for this site is that our bold adventure will encourage others out there who are looking to live an extraordinary and unconventional life to break through the wall of fear and reservation and take that leap of faith.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain