Living in the moment. This is a phrase that many people talk of but very few actually live by. Not when it comes to making those important life decisions. However, I have learned over the years that my best decisions have all been made in the spur of the moment.
My wife and I discussed having children and I decided straight away that we should have them. We now have three, and I could not imagine my life without them. They are the thing that get my up every day, their faces at my desk pull me through even the darkest of office moments.
I declared my desire to move to Holland, quit my job the next day and moved to The Netherlands four weeks later. It isn’t completely as random a destination as it sounds as my wife is Dutch.
I decided to write a book one day when I was 15. I was on holiday in Spain with a friend, and we had to stay indoors every day around 14:00 so the locals could have their Siesta. Not being a person who sleeps long at nigh,t let along during the day, I plotted out a novel. It still sits in my head today. I now have a (moderately) successful blog, one published novel and if things go well, three more by the end of the year.
The most recent opportunity to come my way was another relocation. A chance to move out of the flat we are currently in and into a house. A real house with a garden and a two storey shed that can be converted into a holiday house that can be rented out. Although I have my eyes set on a fantastic little writing studio. In any case, we viewed the house on Saturday, decided yesterday, sorted out our finances today and get the keys tomorrow. Come Feb 1st we will leave the flat and move.
To many people this may seem like a rather sudden undertaking, especially as this will include new schools and relocating three children, one of whom has autism and doesn’t tend to deal with change very well. I however have no such worry. This decision was possibly the quickest one I have ever made, and so therefore cannot fail. Maybe I am crazy, maybe one day this will all come back to bite me, but until then I will continue to just roll with the punches and make my decisions on the fly. Those real tough ones I may leave to the toss of a coin. After all, it has worked out perfectly well for me so far.