Patricia and I have laughed and loved in the face of conformity . When it came to choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea we’ve chosen to dive into the deep end every time. This isn’t the first time we’ve thrown it all away and left feeling thankful to escape the rat race, knowing we were better off for making the leap into another unknown. I grew up without any of the usual material or infrastructure that is expected to be the corner-stone of a life . As I describe through most of my characters in the novels I write, my life has been lived by reconstructing a shambles into something else. As the old song goes, “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose”. Into this I dragged my wife Patricia, poor girl. In fact I’ve learned some interesting lessons, such as, “When you’re as lazy as I am, you have to be very organized”.
Both of us have had multiple careers, and thrown them away, preferring to live the way we do, without a care. We are ‘serial careerists’, it has become a game to play. I built a financial business but have chosen to become a novelist and so far produced five novels that sell to a degree and that makes me ‘ a serious author’, in artistic circles. Patricia was a teacher, then an engineer but now is a content producer of travel video’s. It’s a game that can only be played well and won if you don’t take the trappings more seriously than we do, not at all. It’s a mortal sin against the gods of freedom to get sucked too far down the rabbit hole of ‘responsibility’. Only you can define your personality. Trust me, your real estate or the kind of car you drive will not make you happier, prettier or more virile. Choices are the things you do, not the things you buy, any idiot can spend borrowed money.
I found over the years that everything comes down to personal choices, personal management and personal efficiency. This freedom game has a simple set of rules, you play it best if you play it smart. Do we have all the things that other people do, of course, we planned for that. Did we buy more than we could afford so that we completely lost our ability to make choices, no. You may retire with a million more than we have, but will you live long enough to enjoy it?
Life is so short and you’re going to be dead and forgotten for a very long time. So, we choose freedom , we can quit when we want and leave to anywhere, any time we want, pack up and go, and we have done so recently as is obvious by our choosing to move to Thailand. At the first opportunity we asked ourselves if we wanted to move back to Asia and pursue our passions and remain passionate about being alive….The answer was “Oh hell yeah.”