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When are we going on vacation?

01.06.2024
When are we going on vacation?

Since my childhood, there are so many things I've wanted to do but couldn't. Every year, remembering these again, saying "let's start doing them now," and at the end of the year, realizing "I still couldn't achieve them this year," especially during the summer months, they all come to mind one by one. Because in my childhood, there was no such thing as summer, I didn't know what summer vacation was, and I never had friends with summer houses.
It's been about 6 years since I left corporate life. I've abandoned the standards that lasted for 20 years. Nowadays, I understand my childhood and youth better. I tell them, "If you had lived life as you do today when you were little, you would never have regrets."
Imagine the psychology of an 18-year-old: So far, I haven't become anything I wanted to be. I don't know what's next, but life has molded me according to its own desires—sometimes due to circumstances, sometimes due to mandatory needs, and sometimes partially in line with my desires. Let's call it a big 25-year experience.
About 6 years ago, when I was still in corporate life, I had a "cool" job with a fancy title, a hefty salary, a company car, the latest model, and responsibility and authority over more than six hundred people. The annual turnover of the business I was responsible for was around 30 million dollars. A splendid picture from the outside, isn't it?
Yet, I was experiencing some of the unhappiest days of my life, but I felt very "successful." What's worse, despite reaching this level in my early thirties, I didn't feel "happy" at all.
The company where I was successful but unhappy was sold to another major retailer in Turkey. First, the top management was laid off. Then, the remaining managers were subjected to processes like mobbing or unfair appointments, which was actually due to the lack of vision of the acquiring company's management at that time. Understanding the operational experience of the acquired company in other countries around the world had been somewhat difficult locally, so full integration with its managers had never been achieved.
Does anyone rejoice when they leave their job?
It was one of the happiest days of my life because I had the courage to negotiate an "amicable settlement" with the CEO of the time by my own decision.
I decided to leave everything behind and start a new life, gain new experiences—basically upgrade my version. I can say I faced a lot of difficulties; it's not so easy to give up habits, isn't comfort supposed to be like that?
First, you buy yourself a car, then you realize, wow, cars are really expensive :) taxes, insurance, maintenance costs, oh my :) you learn all this, the good thing here is that the car is yours, nobody can take it away whenever they want, and you even decide on its color yourself. :)
Then you do the job you want, not the task imposed on you, consultancy, or management in other companies, entrepreneurship, and the best part is you do it wherever you want, whenever you want. In the past 6 years, I have founded 4 different companies in the place where I live. I have created 6 different brands and worked in 5 different sectors. In the meantime, I sank, got out, sank again, came out better, trained people, worked and employed them. I had so much time left outside of working hours that I rediscovered feelings like being a family, adding value, and growing, which I hadn't noticed for years.
And two days ago, on Saturday, I read this article. Seth Godin wrote it.
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from."
Then I put my head in my hands and thought, it has such a deep meaning! Not needing to escape, being able to take a vacation, and being happy. Not experiencing Monday syndrome, not finding excuses to avoid meetings with people you don't like, and many more.
I agree with this statement. "Success is living as you wish." That is, doing what you want, with whom you want, as much as you want. That's been my life for the past 5-6 years.
I think being happy is more valuable than being successful. In fact, the real goal of success should be to be happy. Bob Dylan defines success as follows.
"A person is successful if they do what they want to do during the time they wake up in the morning and go to bed at night."
I hope everyone, one day, sincerely answers the question "is it worth it" for a happy life instead of thinking that success is valuable.

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