I was raised with the train of thought that a career and financial success were the most important aspects of a person and that these two items determined ones value. It has been a long journey for me to discover that this thought process typically leads one to unhappiness and a feeling of emptiness. After my sickness with Chikungunya last year, a switch was flipped. Being laid up in bed for weeks gives one lots of time to consider the meaning of life... I realized how important it was to not take health for granted and it occurred to me that I was living in a way that kept me from being fully happy and fulfilled. I know that many would look at our life and question how I could possibly have been unhappy. For the most part, I was quite happy. However, there was something missing and I always felt a void. I just couldn't grasp what it was that I needed or wanted. Well, it turns out that what I was missing was a change in mentality. Self enlightenment possibly. I have come to an understanding that my work was not providing me with the fulfillment I needed and that I had to look elsewhere. This involved changing and I did just that. I am now working part time and have shifted my priorities. My mind is clear. And I feel that I am on the correct path now. This change was necessary for me to agree to the "crazy" notion of taking off for six weeks and live in another country.
One thing we noticed immediately about Dominica was that the residents were very happy even though most were very poor. We all know the saying "Money does not buy one happiness". It appears that this is true in Dominica. I will never forget this trip as it was a turning point in my life. Maybe we should all live like the roots of this tree and turn a few corners in our life instead of following the straight path.
I am extremely grateful that this opportunity became available to us before we jumped into the lifestyle of parenting. My mind is clear and at peace. I feel fully rested and relaxed. And I am ready for whatever happens next.