The Year of Living Deliriously

Posted by - July 31, 2012 | Category: Library

“The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle,
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down.”

Thank-UAlanis Morissette

This past month was an anniversary of sorts for me. It was one year ago that I quit my corporate job. For good.

Of course there have been other times that I handed in that letter. But this time was different. I didn’t hand in any letter. I just called and said I won’t be coming in any more.

And if felt so…good.

Caution Free Flying Birds Please Close Doors Sign

On Tight Lips and Burning Ships

There’s a popular tale that Cortés burned his own ships to ensure the Spanish wouldn’t turn back in their conquest of the Aztecs. Turns out it’s not true. Still, it’s a romantic notion of courage.

I burned my ship that day. I knew that I wouldn’t be going back. My own personal Aztecs or Bust.

Best thing I ever did.

The grand prize for our last day of life is our own rotten dead body

I wrote about the why of quitting in Growing Old Before My Time. I agonized more about publishing that post than I ever did about quitting my job. My finger hovered over that publish button for what seemed like hours. I think I saw sweat trickle into my keyboard.

Why the hesitation? Well, mostly over what people would think. It was a public coming out of sorts. Standing on my aging soapbox saying, “Things are not alright. This is not the life I want to lead. This is not living.”

Deliriously-happy-garden-gnome.jpgThis past year HAS been living. Living deliriously.

I’ve done more in this past year it seems than I’ve done in the past twenty.

I ate a rat and wrote about it for CNNGo.

I got a mention from the BBC.

I kissed a ladyboy.

I went to Legoland.

I watched a woman die.

It’s not all been sunshine and lollipops, but all of it – every last second – made me feel alive. And overwhelmed with gratitude for taking that leap. I’ve said this before but I think it bears repeating…

Just because you can’t see the path ahead of you doesn’t mean the ground won’t support you.

The universe has a way of assembling people and circumstance to get that one foot in front of the other when you need it most. I know that now.

What’s Next?

I’m in the Mayan Riviera right now. Next week, I’m going to Muscat, Oman. Because perhaps the greatest thing I have found this past year is love. And sometimes love takes you to places you never expected to go.

Love Will Find a Way sign

The last 12 months have yielded dividends beyond my drunkest expectations. All because I was willing to go down that path.

I can’t wait to see what the next 12 have in store.

And if I haven’t said it already…Thank you.

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28 comments - add one
  1. It can be so difficult to go against the common grain. Good for you for breaking away and doing what you know is best for you. I hope you have a wonderful time in Muscat. I’ve been to Oman twice and will be returning this winter. It’s an amazing country!

  2. Oman? From the Riviera Maya? I don’t want to know hoe much that flight will cost you… by the way, you should have come over to Puerto Vallarta where I’m based…could have surfed a bit! Maybe next time?

  3. Congrats on 1 year of freedom!! Now I feel like we didn’t celebrate this special occasion enough 🙂 But I still hope you had a good time down here, living deliriously!

  4. Awww, yay for finding love while on the road! Congrats on your first full year of living deliriously… and here’s to many more!

  5. Raymond thank you for being honest and authentic….this is your legacy and message for all us to be brave enough to follow you. Risk does equal Reward! Travel safe ..

  6. It’s your one-year freedomversary and my five-year blogiversary! Adversely, as your celebrating your wanderlust, I’m finally putting down roots and (eek!) closing on a house next week (eek!).

  7. AHHHH!! I love this! I just want to fly to Mexico right now and give you the biggest hug in the world. Living deliriously is amazing and your year sounds like it has been one of the best in the world. Congratulations, my friend! xoxoxo

  8. Love this! SO happy for you. What an incredible year with so much more to come. I am so glad I got a chance to meet you during your year of awesomeness, here’s to meeting up again in the coming year!

  9. I can completely relate to what you said, certainly the fact that you “live” so much more whilst traveling, and do much more than you have done in most of the prior years.

  10. I wish I were as brave as you. I’d love to quit my corporate job, but it funds all my travel. Dilemma! I did at least find a job that lets me travel occasionally on business. But I probably won’t pick up & go full-time until I retire (which I’m trying to hurry along…)

    Happy Anniversary!

  11. Congrats on your 1 year! We are a couple of weeks off our 1 year too! Like you we quit our jobs for a better life.

    It sounds like you have been on an amazing journey! Here is to many many more months of great adventures and stories to tell!


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