Don’t put it off

I feel fortunate to be a freelance translator. It's allowed me to choose where and how I work.

A couple of weeks ago, someone close to me died after a long fight with cancer. When we both lived in mainland Japan, we'd talk about moving to Okinawa, and living a more relaxed life.

One day, I packed up my family and moved here. Since he'd have a lot of trouble finding a job with equivalent pay in Okinawa, his plan was to wait until retirement, sell his house, and use that and his retirement to supplement his income. He died 3 years before reaching retirement.

I learned from him that life doesn't always go as planned, and we've got to do things when we can. I feel fortunate that my job allows me to live where I want, and have a lot more control over how much I work, when I work, and what kinds of work I do.

I've always been a kind of impulsive person. I think that mulling over big decisions too much makes us unhappy about the outcomes. But I've made a renewed commitment to get out and try new things; to stop waiting until the time is right, because it never will be just right. And we don't have all the time in the world.

3 comments to Don’t put it off

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you and your family are doing well.

  • Sorry about your loss, Ryan.
    This shows how true Zen teachings are – it is always the right time to do something when one feels it should be done *right now*. There is definitively and unfortunately no use to build castles in the air.

  • Mark

    Sorry for your loss.

    This post really made me stop and think, and I hope it will make me act too. Thanks for posting!

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