putting my life on hold

Since my ‘sabbatical’ became public knowledge i’ve had several standard reactions. Words such as ‘crazy’, ‘lucky’, ‘barmy’ and ‘trip of a lifetime’ have all been directed to describe my actions. However, the most used adjective i’ve had thrown at me so far seems to be ‘brave’.

This has got me thinking, why is what i’m doing being considered ‘brave’?

Is it brave chucking your job in (allbeit only for six and half months)? Is it brave giving up your comfortable one bed flat that has become a ‘home’  since early 2007? Is it brave spending a mortgage down payment on what is basically a six and a half month jolly up? Is it brave visiting new places surrounding yourself with people of different races and religions? Is it brave going away knowing you are coming home to no place to live?

The answer to all of the above, in my opinion is no. It’s nothing more than a lifestyle change.

The most intriguing comment I have heard so far came from a girl (who will remain nameless) that I met last year in a Headingly boozer. On one of our recent catch ups, naturally I mentioned that I was going away, giving up work temporarily, only to return to the same town and the same job when my travels were over. I didn’t get the usual reactions as quoted above. When told of my plans, she paused briefly before answering, ‘Wow, it’s like you are putting your life on hold’.

I loved this analogy.

For a period of my time on this earth I am ‘Putting my life on hold’.

No more Monday-Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm working day. No more working to earn enough cash to pay the bills and save enough up for an annual cricket tour. No more food shopping or going home to cook dinner. No more drinking with the same people in the same watering holes at the weekends. No more winter weather (sorry had to get that in)

Life as I have known it will stop for a period of time, at least without me being part of it.

So, what will I be doing I hear you ask? Well, that bit is open for flexibilty.

What I do know is that i’ll be flying out in early October to Bangkok, spending a few days in Thailand before joining my Cambodian tour guide (my brother in law, Fred) for ten days in and around Phnom Penh. From there I will have around four weeks to travel overland South East Asia eventually arriving in Brisbane prior to the Ashes starting on November 25th.

After seven weeks top class test cricket across Australia (hopefully culminating in retaining that little urn down under) I plan to fly back to SE Asia, taking in as much as I possibly can in another six week period. From there it will be a third visit to India for the Cricket World Cup. I hope to have the funds left for Bangladesh for the game up there before the potential of a visit to my beloved Sri Lanka for the Quater Finals. If England reach the final in Mumbai on 2nd April then I will be a very haappy bunny before I return home sometime in days after this date.

Not a bad way to put a life on hold.


3 Responses to “putting my life on hold”

  1. 1 Donna
    July 12, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Hold that life!

  2. 2 Gemma
    July 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    It’s meeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Hehehehe

  3. July 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    The mystery girl has revealed herself 🙂

    Any more pearls of wisdom, feel free to share – see if you can make the title to another blog entry 😛

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