When in Bali the question is “do you miss Australia?” When in Australia, especially in an office environment, it’s “do you wish you were back in Bali?”
Truth is, no matter where I am, I no longer wish I was someplace else. I have learnt the lesson of being ok with right now, right here.
In the early years of bouncing back and forth, the Bali airport departure scenes were torturous. A knife through the heart every time. As pointed out by Wayan, I was going to a good job, home, family, friends and would be back. Not like I was leaving for some sort of hell. Eventually, I learned that my emotional outbursts added to my list of cultural faux pas and I set about changing my ways. Life became easier.
Having spent my life travelling for business and pleasure, I have had my share of “get me out of here” thoughts. The reality check always revealed that the so-called difficult situations were temporary, let alone life threatening.
If I ever find myself wishing I was someplace else too often, I know it’s either time to make a plan to go there or to deal with whatever it is that I don’t like about where I am right now. Always wishing you are someplace else takes it’s toll.
We suggest to our guests to switch off devices, thoughts about work, daily life dilemmas and just take in every moment as it arrives, leaving us to take care of the details. Most reply with an audible sigh of relief, some take a little more convincing to let go. Those whom succumb, leave with a determination to “Take A Moment” more often back in the hustle of daily life. Goal kicked.
Andy spends his time away from the computer cycling or hiking up mountains or catching a wave on his SUP.