Hindsight

Ted is amazing!

You can read his full post here.

It’s easy to get wrapped up with goals and lists.

I know I have done.

Hindsight is a powerful thing.

I wanted to travel for a long time.

Growing up – reading about the world’s top sights and cultures fascinated me.

I was curious and eager to see the world.

During my twenties I was surrounded by Australian contractors who were over in the UK to earn and travel as much as possible.  I was keen to have my share of adventures too.

I left in 2013 to see and experience as much of planet earth as possible, and returned in 2015 to a wildly different world.

I often wonder what would have happened had we never left?

What would my life look like?

Would I now be married with two children?  Would I be divorced?  Where would I be working?  What would my health look like?

I had some amazing experiences while travelling.

Would I want to change that?

Maybe.

I’ve recently been reading and listening to Alan Watts who I was introduced to thanks to Trey Ratcliff.

Two of my favourite videos are There are No Mistakes:

and What if Money Was No Object.

I also came across this story again. I hadn’t heard/read it for many years. It reminded me of a few things that I’ve been pondering about recently.

“Once upon a time, there was a Chinese farmer, who lost a horse – ran away, and all the neighbours came around that evening, and said “that’s too bad.” and he said, “maybe”.

The next day, the horse came back, and brought seven wild horses with it, and all the neighbours came around and said, “why, that’s great isn’t it?” and he said “maybe“.

The next day, his son, who was attempting to tame one of these horses, and was riding it, and was thrown, and broke his leg, and all the neighbours came round in the evening and said, “well, that’s too bad isn’t it“, and the farmer said, “maybe“.

And the next day, the conscription officers came around looking for people for the army, and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg, and all the neighbours came round that evening, and said “isn’t that wonderful” and he said, “maybe“.

The whole process of nature, is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad ,because you never know what will be the consequences of a misfortune or you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.”

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