This is Seth Godin.
Yeah, he looks kind of quirky, yellow horn-rim glasses and all. But he has a quote that eats at me every time I see it:
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
We escape life in many ways. Fantasy. Substances. Stuff. Sex. Sleep. Netflix bingeing. Care to add some others?
With the heart and simplicity of a child, this fifty-something thinker challenges us to challenge ourselves. And the status quo (whatever “quo” is for you). And “prevailing wisdom.”
One of his books on my shelf is entitled Poke the Box. How can you not like that?
What does an unescaped life look like for you?
A mid-life career change doing something for more passion and less money?
Running a 5K race when you’ve never run anything?
Saying “no” for once instead of being a doormat?
Actually writing something longhand instead of typing or texting with calloused thumbs?
Or better, putting your not-so-smartphone away and actually having eye-to-eye communication with another person…undistracted, all emotionally naked-like (gotta be brave for this one)?
I dare you. I dare you to craft a life you don’t have to put out of your head at 5:00 PM on Friday.