I read the excerpt of the book on Carl Honore's site...its was satisfying to read someone putting into words feelings I have but had not articulated.
A few years ago, I left the biotech/high tech world after four jam packed years at a very successful biopharma startup. A lot of coworkers thought I was crazy to give up a senior position, benefits, and options to take a personal sabbatical... but I really wanted to slow down, take a break, and to study Aikido.
This was not a sudden impulse. I remember having the same thoughts right after graduating from college in the early 80’s and saying to myself then...”after I get a job, I’ll have time to study Aikido”. Twenty years went by and I find myself still thinking... "when I'm done with this project, I'll have time to study Aikido"!
That was when I realized unless I step off the treadmill (and leave behind a lot of the incentives that kept me there) I would be in my 60s and still be wishing the same thing!
It’s been two and a half years since I started my Aikido studies... sometimes I miss the perks, but it sure feels a lot better getting up in the mornings! I know I’ll be back working at some point, but slowing down, studying Aikido, and just taking the time to savor things sure gave me a whole new perspective on what I wanted out of my time on this planet :-)
For me, a change of pace has been much better than a change of scenery... Carl's book is timely for those finding themselves constantly out of time.