My college roommate, Mike sent me a message from Paris today. It’s New Year’s Eve and he is there with his son and daughter, bringing in the New Year in fine fashion.
It put a tear in my eye, as I know that he wishes that he could have spent this moment with his recently departed wife; but it also made me smile, knowing that he has this opportunity with his children.
Years ago, Brenda and I were fortunate enough to score a ticket to a U2 concert at New York’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. This specific tour was to promote their album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. This album had mega-hits, such as Beautiful Day, “Stuck in a Moment”, just to name a few. But it was a not-so-well-known track that Bono belted out at the end of that concert that brought me to tears. It is a tune named, “Walk On”. The lyrics that hit home were the following: “All that you Fashion, All that you Make, All that you Build, All that you Break, All that you Measure, All that you Steal, All This You Can Leave Behind”.
Why the tears, you ask? Because I knew at that time, that I couldn’t leave all those things behind. Brenda and I liked the fine living we made in the Fashion Arena. We built our careers and we measured ourselves against our colleagues, and continued to use that metric as a measure of success and feeling fulfilled.
Bailey dancing in the streets in Cartagena, Colombia 2008
Years go by, and we had our ups and downs in the industry and our personal lives for that matter. In the years that went by, what got thrown into the mix was the birth of our daughter, Bailey. Now what?… We were hardly fit to be married and now parenthood? Yes!
So, we did our best rendition of Sisyphus.
Bailey is now 10 years of age , and in the past decade has given us the strength to push that rock up the hill. She has inspired us to take risks that sometimes led to great success and sometimes led us to falling on our faces. But the risks and the gambles taken were a mere alternative to doing what we were always scared to do. Which was to leave the comforts of our careers and the great city we live in and see the world and embrace the people, the food, and culture it has to offer.
So this 2015, with Bailey’s blessing, the three of us are ready to “Leave It All Behind”. Brenda, Bailey and I are venturing into a life of world travel. This will include multiple destinations, many cuisines, many customs to understand and embrace. As a requirement, we will need to be open to not having a place we call home per se, home-schooling, building a business from the ground up, and living on a budget.
Is it a dream? Yes!
Is it frightening? Yes!
But I think my good friend Mike, who is bringing in the New Year in “The City of Lights” with his children, will agree; that the only way to move forward and truly be fulfilled and happy, is to “Leave it Behind”.
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Between now and July, we will be preparing for our new lives; and we hope that you join us in our preparation; moreover, that you join us in our every step around this great world of ours, and it’s many towns; as we try to share it with you, “One Dish at a Time”.