Photo courtesy of Rob Cousins.

The Annapurna Massif, as seen from an opposing hill.

Rob is an escape hero who (in his own words): “left my dull mundane cruddy and pants city job to work in a new indursty closer to my heart’s desire in far off lands and I don’t regret it at all, even at those really really hard and difficult moments because I actually feel alive…..”

Rob was the first special guest at an Esc Wednesday and provided a fascinating account of the decision-process to leave a stable, well-paid traditional desk-job in favour of doing something more exciting.

What is the best thing about making this happen?

I read this question, and I can’t help but smile. For me there is no ‘best’ thing. Instead there is a collection of sad things about the world I’m leaving behind, and exciting things (with a dash of anxiety) about what’s coming next in my life.

Some of the things that come to mind are… Feeling the weight of responsibility at work lifted. When silly office politics happens, I no longer have to care. A week or so ago, I spent 3 hours training with a client. I came home tired and exhausted. But elated.

This was a new combination of feelings. I went to sleep that night happy, deeply happy having made a difference to someone’s life and goals. I had no feelings of things I wish I’d done that day. I’d really earned my sleep. Knowing that whatever I do in the future will be about what is important to me. If I have a dream, no matter how big or small, I can work towards it and make it happen.

Now I’m moving into doing something I love, my attitude is more positive and what I value is changing. In a really healthy way. After all the help from my wife and friends, I feel I enjoy a better relationship with the people I know and love.

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