At the time of this writing, when you googled “Retirement”, you got 123,000,000 search results… 😳 millions of websites dedicated to the promise of… drum roll please… 🥁RETIREMENT! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
It seems we all dream of the day when we are no longer tied to a routine, our lives dictated by the tick of a clock. ⏰ A day when all of the dreams we’ve worked so hard for (approximately 40 years of the average American life 😳), will FINALLY come true!
That trip to Europe! 🗼Maybe finally trying Yoga 🧘♀️. Getting to spend time with your family without time limitations or the stress of running around during the holidays! 😱 Am I right?!
How about taking a pottery class? Perhaps writing a book? 📕Or maybe even learning a new language… Bonjour anyone? 👩🏽🎨 The possibilities are endless! 👏🏽
But wait?… WHY do we need to wait until retirement to do this? 🤔Hmmm….
In other words, why do we need to wait to LIVE our lives surrounded by the people we love and doing the things we want to do? 🤔Another hmmm…
According to Wikipedia, Sabbatical means: “any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something… often lasting from 2 months to a year.”
If you google “Sabbatical,” the search results are much more conservative than “Retirement” (8,430,000 to be exact). It’s almost as if, to consider taking a break from our careers, is not as desirable, attainable, or realistic in today’s society.
Think about this for a minute… here in the United States, the average American is working 40 to 50 hours per week, with 52 weeks in a year and 2 weeks off for vacation.
Get the calculators out! …. that’s only about 4% vacation time!!! 😳 What???? SMH…
Everyone we talk to is “saving up” vacation time, forced to choose between things they HAVE to do… like going to their second cousin’s wedding in North Dakota, and things they would like to do… like laying on a beach in Thailand- YAY!☀️
But why does it have to be this way??? Here’s a little secret… it doesn’t!!! Sigh 😊
So now… Why not you?? 🤔 Why not me?? Hmmm?
Well… I hope this blog will become a sort of road map 🗺 , a guide per se, on “HOW to take a SABBATICAL.” 👍🏽 I will be sharing this story with YOU as our Sabbatical unfolds… week by week, month to month…
As we try to achieve the unthinkable; we promise we will dare to dream, dream 🎐beyond the confines of our society and its rules. We promise to do this with patience and without an agenda; opening our hearts ♥️ and minds to whatever the Universe throws at us! 🙌🏽