The Great Escape

Rediscovering life in Palawan Philippines

Are You Living Life or Waiting to Die?

Living Life

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ William G.T. Shedd

There’s going to be a time in your life when you arrive at a certain point of being comfortable and you might ask yourself, “Is it enough to make me happy?” By this time you’ll have fully established a certain lifestyle, a group of friends, a place in society but nothing excites you like it used to. All of a sudden you don’t know what to do with your life.

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes. ~ Hugh Prather

I reached that point. My body started to give me signs. I got headaches and back pain. My mind became became grey. For years I struggled to find the spark that would reignite my passion for life. I dove into the world of pastry and chocolate thinking it would fulfil my creative side while bringing ‘the Chef’ and I closer together. I created sweet things that gave everyone pleasure. But still, it was not enough. Soon life turned grey for ‘the Chef’.

Then we went to Palawan, Philippines for a long awaited vacation and suddenly there was light and life was filled with vibrant colour again. A new dream was conceived and we hatched a plan to live in that colourful world. Almost five years later we’re almost there.

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. ~ Farrah Gray

Amongst our friends and family there is surprise, curiosity and encouragement. There is also concern, negative voices and jealousy. Some closest to us think we are crazy to give up our ‘established’ life and are going ‘backwards’ by moving to a third world country to farm. We envision a life that is simpler, more meaningful and with less distractions. We acknowledge there is risk but we are willing to take a chance. We figure, “What’s to lose?”

It might sound like a mid-life crisis but it can happen at any stage in your life. At 29, Sanne had a hectic but successful life in Sweden. After fainting behind the wheel of her car she decided to give up her stressful life and moved to an island paradise where she runs a hostel. You can read about her life changing journey here, ‘Sanne, 29, sold everything and moved to the Philippines.‘ If you ever reach a tipping point in your life would you accept the status quo of a safe life or would you be brave enough to make a change?

Feeling burnt out, stuck or full of doubt?

Here’s a playlist of TEDtalks to watch when you don’t know what to do with your life. Maybe you hear something that will set your mind free.

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9 thoughts on “Are You Living Life or Waiting to Die?

  1. I’m always open to change, particularly if it involves travel.

  2. Hubby is waiting to retire so he can go fishing.. i do not want to think of retirement though because i feel like it is akin to dying… give up hectic life.. i gave up mine and live a verrrryyy simple life than what i am used to… family makes a joke of me being in “germany” but we go fishing to get fish for our dinner, do gardening and go walking in the woods or in the mountain and see nothing but green green green… just try to shut them off as much as possible..

    • Haha…my hubby would love to do the same as yours. It’s interesting you moved to Germany for a simpler life when my hubby moved from Germany to Canada and now to the Philippines for a simpler life. His German family is not so supportive of us moving. You sound like you have an ideal life now. We have to remember to live our own lives not what our family or friends think we should be doing.

  3. You are getting there! Palawan IS paradise! I agree with you about living life the way you want it. Life is too short, cliche it may be, but you can’t just sit around your house and wait for something to happen unless sitting around is what you really want, then go for it! 🙂

  4. “Living life or waiting to die”? Good question, but sometimes it depends on how old you are. 🙂 Continued best wishes for your quest for a simpler life. 🙂

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