Life Without A Tie – A Ten Year Nomadic Quest to find True Love
In November 2005, I left England to experiment with living life to a completely different rhythm. I had been a driven and successful award winning businessman, yet had reached a point where, deep down in my heart, I was at the end of that particular path. It was scary to admit as I had no idea of what to replace it with.
Selling my business, my home and all of my possessions, I left myself with just a bag of clothes and a laptop and set off to explore and discover new parts of the world. I was hoping to meet people who would inspire me and become my teachers for the next phase of growth in my life. And after the end of my marriage, I was on a quest to find out if true love really did exist. To make this all possible, some complex financial re-engineering was required to sustain my journey without the level of income I was used to. I had no experience as a budget traveller and at 45 years of age, I may have become one of the oldest back-packers in Asia!
After nearly ten years, it is time to share what I have seen, heard, felt, learned and understood with others. I know it is possible to live in anonymity, without possessions or status, without attachment to goals, without a fixed identity or routine and be as happy (or even happier) as I was when I was living more of a “conventional” life in England, pursuing a career and enjoying a busy social lifestyle. The temporary has become the permanent. The unknown has become knowable. For the first time, I am used to living simply to enjoy each moment and being present to opportunities. My security is coming deep from within me and is no longer dependent on the approval of others or external events, circumstances or even relationships. I realise that there really is no ‘going back’ to the conventional life I knew before. Many books declare that material wealth is not the source of true happiness. After several years of modest living, with one bag of clothes and a laptop, I know the truth of that assertion deeply within myself.
My intention is that my book will be one way that I can share these experiences, and the knowledge and insight that came from them, with people who are on a similar journey and who want to know the truth for themselves. To me, curiosity is a grossly under-rated quality. Exploring does not need to apply just to physical places. It is just as desirable and rewarding to be curious about language, agriculture, history, music, the arts, the mystical, physical well-being, the financial world, the nature of power, tyranny, community, humanity and spirituality.
Life Without A Tie is due for publication in 2016.