Toe Save said:
“I want to retire to an island in the Gulf of Thailand in 9 years (it was 10, but, WOW, a year gone already) and teach scuba diving until my face gets eaten by a shark.”
I know a guy who did exactly that (except for the last part), and he is the reason I’m in Taiwan today.
Until 1997 I had never been to Asia. I worked in California as an attorney, performing litigation (suing people and taking their money away from them), which can be miserable work. My client’s angry so he comes to me. I sue the other guy and he gets angry. Both sides lie because they’re fighting over money, the judge is grumpy because he’s overworked, and the opposing counsel often lies and plays dirty tricks. In short, the job sucks.
So when I stopped at a coffeeshop occasionally on the way to my office, I greatly enjoyed sitting with, and hearing the stories of a 50 year-old, bearded, criminal defense lawyer. He had scuba dived since he was a kid, and now spent half of every year in Thailand taking people on trips diving off of chartered sailboats or sea kayaking, swimming with whale sharks, eating great seafood, and having a great time. When he would tell a story and I replied, “I’d love to do that,” he answered, “don’t just say it, do it,” and I finally realized he was right.
So, after looking through this guy’s fantastic journals and photos, I decided that’s it, I sold my house, closed my law practice, put everything in storage, and flew to Thailand for a year of traveling in SE Asia and the Himalayas. Somehow I got sucked back into the office, the city, and the noose around the neck, but the guy who got me over here has retired from the rat race and is now living full-time in Phuket, diving, making stained glass, relaxing and living life as one should.
Check out his website. This guy (Robert Cogen) does what others only talk about:
If one doesn’t chuck it all in response to his example, at least I would highly recommend going on an adventure with him.