Time off

Lockdowns, curfews…Europe is in a depression.

For almost a year we’re now dealing with this pandemic.

Now, I don’t want to make this a political post.

But merely tell my experience.

And the reason why I “fled” my country against government advice.

You see, Western Europe is in a pretty tight grip.

We started with a lockdown and ended with a curfew that nobody wanted (and got extended).

But first, let’s rewind time one year.

March 2020.

We doubled down on our business.

We saw loads of opportunities and it paid off.

But when time passes and your normal life becomes increasingly restricted, you have to ask yourself how it’s going to impact you.

You always have a choice.

Now I’m all for helping others, and doing my duty…

BUT

I don’t think locking people up for months on end is good for the collective state of mind.

Because what happens when you take away liberties and outlook on life?

People get pissed.

AND

Depression is luring.

And the number one way to combat depression is to have an outlook on things that pull you forward.

Fun activities, holidays or going out to dinners or parties.

But none of that, for over 12 months.

So slowly people adapt.

But not in a good way.

I noticed some patterns in my own behaviour that didn’t fit my identity.

At first I ignored it.

Then I reframed the resistance as a leverage for growth.

Training the mental bicep.

But you have to watch out that you don’t burn yourself out.

Because your ‘why’ gets tested.

Now, I disagree with a lot of 💩 that’s happening right now.

And it ate me up inside.

Like a bird in a cage.

Until my wife said to me “why don’t we just go?”

Ofcourse!

Why do we have a business in the first place?

It’s moments like this that give you an opportunity.

The true perks of business ownership.

You’re not tied to anything.

So within a few days we booked our flight and stay in the Caribbean.

Working in a place that’s free.

Free of lockdowns and curfews.

Freedom was back.

Open restaurants, happy people and daily sunshine.

Recharging the battery.

What a gift.

It’s in times like this that I feel extremely lucky to have taken the road of uncertainty years ago to build a business with Raoul that is now giving back a certain freedom.

Can you imagine?

You know,

Life is like a battery.

You have the power whether you charge or deplete it.

And when external factors remove your ability to stack…Then there’s always a choice.

Mine was to leave.

Do not ignore your battery.

Here’s to you 🥂

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