Archive for November, 2010

Marc’s Outlook

A crisp autumn morning in the Berkshires

On top of a mountain in the Berkshires my place in the forest is commemorated

Today is a dear friend’s ___ birthday.  I know better than to put a woman’s age on-line!  Tonight it will be celebrated with food, wine and good conversation by a small group of successful, funny, caring people. That’s what’s happening in New York City tonight. I’m sure there might be a few other things happening in Gotham as well.  On the other side of the globe, North and South Korea are busy firing missiles at one another .  Who is spending their day more wisely I ask us or them?.  Therefore, I decree one of the founding principles of this blog is that it will only include stories, anecdotes and tales of good and interesting things. If the world wants to waste its time shooting at each other and blowing stuff up–knock yourself out–literally. I however, along with my friends will celebrate life.

So on this November 23rd 2010 I raise my glass to one of my favorite people–may the year ahead bring her all that she wants and then some.  To the two Koreas, cut it out, go get drunk together, play a board game, watch a movie–you’re not using your alloted time wisely. Look each other in the eye and repeat after me “this is my dance space, that’s your dance space ”  the end. Of course I know its not that simple, but wouldn’t it be nice if it could be!

Sunday Morning

So here I am trying to figure out my blog, how I want  it to look, what I want it to say, what the “theme” should be and then all of a sudden it hits me–bam!  I’m really going to do this.  I’m leaving corporate America behind (good riddance) and embracing the unknown.  It was fun telling people at work that I’m leaving and even more fun telling them why.  ” I’m resigning ( I like saying resigning a lot better than quitting, it makes my departure seem so  much more important , like I was Secretary of State or something ) and going off on an adventure”  When you tell people  about a change that they can’t neatly categorize, they look at you like you have something hanging out of your nose and they’re deciding whether or not they should mention it or just continue sporting an uncomfortable look on their face.  Most, not all of the people  I told had a pretty hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that I would just walk away from an awesome job, working with awesome people in the worst economy since the Great Depression for no reason other than because I want to.  You have to admit, it is a little crazy I suppose!  But isn’t that what life should be about?  Taking some risks. 

“Close your eyes and leap”

The other question I was asked right away was “What are you going to do when you get back”?   That seems counterproductive to me. Why would I start off a journey like this by thinking about the end?  A thousand unexpected things are going to happen on this adventure and hallelujah for that!  There’s a quote I really like ” Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans”.  The unknown is cool, the surprise around the next corner makes life fun.  You only get one dance on this planet so you better make it count!  Now I don’t want to come off as Mr. all “oh no biggie, I got this”  Of course I’m a little scared and apprehensive–but so what.  No one on their deathbed ever said ” I wish I spent more time in my office”, well not anyone I want to know anyway.  It’s an amazing, fascinating world out there and I think it’s just plain rude not to go and see it after it went to all the trouble of making itself beautiful for us. 

The physical journey may not start for a few more months but the mental journey is off to the races.  The hardest part so far is figuring out what I want to do, where I want to go, and when to do it. There are so many options and I know once I get started it will be a continuously fluid undertaking, as I talk to people and they share details of their assorted journeys with me. I get so excited thinking about all the incredible people I don’t know yet but will soon enough.  I am so lucky to be able to do this, it’s just mind-blowing.

So the research continues to build, maps are being reviewed, SUV’s vetted, weather patterns scrutinized, National Parks and byways contemplated as I move  ever closer to closing one chapter and beginning the next.  Bring it!

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