I usually work from the third floor of a co-working space in Brooklyn. The floor’s a unique mix of wellness, tech, and music production companies. A commercial real estate broker occupies a large part of the floor too. The place I sit happens to be close to their office.
These guys (yes, they’re all guys) are aggressive to say the least. They’re on the phone all day long, relentlessly pursuing deals. Their intensity astounds me. Their pursuit of a dollar over all else makes me feel sad at times.
The owner’s son seems to be the most intense. His tone is one of complete confidence and having all the answers. I’m guessing this makes him successful in this particular business.
We had a very short exchange this week for the first time. He said hello and I responded. I then experienced myself looking at him for a conscious breath. Then I told him that one day I’d like to learn how he maintains his intensity.
Without missing a beat, he responded that I should hang with him and see what he does on the weekends to blow off steam. I looked back at him and responded that I’ve been there.
When he realized that response didn’t appease me, he tried again. He told me he doesn’t want to do this forever. He wants to do it for ten years then move to Miami. He said it as if the goal’s universe truth should connect with everyone.
Then the elevator door started closing. All I could manage as a response was along the lines of “I hear you…” Then the doors closed.
This exchange felt like an intense summary of something. I think it’s a summary of how I used to live my life too.
Race as hard as possible, doing something I didn’t want to do, until I made it, then I could escape from it and be happy….
I feel grateful Just Rolling with It
’s replaced that escape plan. Just Rolling with It’s my plan to fully experience, rather than escape, my daily existence.
Or something like that. Yet because I lived in Florida during college, I know Miami’s a place I’d never want to live ;)
More to come on this, as I process it over time…
How about you? What’s your timeline and escape plan? Or do you not feel the need to escape your daily existence?
Let me know by replying directly to this email.
Catch you next week,