Looking out for each other

I’m going to make this quick.

It’s trendy to work on a beach in Thailand or in Bali for the winter.

It’s acceptable to move out to another city for your dream job. Not a lot of people think about it twice.

It’s fashionable to travel around the world and move around with just a backpack.

It’s ok to travel all the time and go see customers and prospects all around the country.

We fulfill our quest for self actualization.

That’s the American Dream and that’s what favorite Instagrammers and Youtubers like to talk about.

We lose out though on one important thing: having people around us who care.

I think this is something that’s rarely talked about and underestimated.

Have people around you who look out will help you when you move out with the heavy boxes. They will encourage you to see the doctor when you are coughing blood or when you have to go through a chemo session. They will also be there to support when you lose your job – knowing that otherwise you will finish that bottle of vodka and be filled with sadness. They will hug you when you’re going through a rough time with your spouse.

Looking out for each other is not as fashionable as getting a new iPhone. It’s not as exciting as going for a trip to Indonesia. But it might save your life next time you are faced with a challenge. And it will make you happy.

So if you want to spend 6 months to be a digital nomad, what if instead the better option is investing time and attention in friends? Inviting friends for a dinner at home and caring for them is less expensive than the air ticket and it will be definitively worth it in the long term.

This is true today. And it will still be true in 10 years.

So Look out for each other!