Solo Soul Searching.

Solo Soul Searching.

I have a pretty cool job.

I rack up tons of frequent flyer miles and stacks of reward points. I have more gold, platinum and diamonds in my wallet than most Arab Sheikhs. And I have enough rainbow-colored money in my pockets to open my own Currency Exchange (I promise I’ll charge better rates than hotels and airports).

People notice the more “glamorous” aspect of the job and focus on the curbside appeal… but what’s often overlooked is the effort and energy that needs to be put in behind the scenes.

The work is nonstop because when you’re pushing boundaries there are no days off. Timezones are a sworn enemy, mercilessly cracking the whip because it’s always midday in some part of the world.

I play the role of secretary as much as manager, and, on most days, I swallow more pride than saliva.

But in the relentless race to pitch new ideas, push new thinking, or plead for more funding… the prize is the opportunity to pioneer new ground for the Company. With this job, if I want to change the game, I have a global stage to reinvent the rules.

There’s a magical energy that comes from connecting with people and sharing ideas across continents. The diversity of cultures and variety of perspectives makes the hard work worthwhile. And it’s the amazing, five-senses-stimulation of experience that make it a blessing… truly life-changing.

When I first got this assignment, I wanted to see the world alone.

Every man has a little Marco Polo inside of him… Magellan-esque tendencies that accent our actions… An ancestral urge to seek, discover, and conquer.

There is an Explorer inside us all.

I wanted to sit alone on mountaintops and lay isolated on desert dunes… look up at the stars from remote lands and distant beaches… think about life, learn myself, and find my Purpose.

And I have.

I’ve climbed The Great Wall, explored the Great Pyramids, and sailed the “Great River”…

I’ve been hypnotized by skylines from New York to Dubai to Hong Kong, and been romanced by landscapes from France to Spain to Switzerland.

I’ve downed baijiu with Chinese Governors, smoked shisha with Saudi businessmen, and tasted chicken adobo with Filipino friends.

Seeing the world opened my eyes, unlocked my mind, and deep cleansed my heart… The irony about travel is that the farther you go, the more you learn about yourself.

And what I learned most, is that I had it all wrong.

It wasn’t the moments of solitude that were the most fulfilling… it was the experiences shared with others.

While we can all benefit from some solo-soul-searching at times, my theory of exploring entirely on my own was short-sighted.

Life’s artistry is meant to be shared. Our most treasured moments are painted by people. And our most sacred memories are decorated by loved ones.

Beauty inspires Beauty…

Every time you feel, hear, or see something beautiful, who do you think of? What faces come to mind? Those PEOPLE should become your priorities.

It’s not about losing independence, it’s about gaining dependability. We all need someone to share our wins and losses with… someone to echo our excitement and reflect our pain. To laugh with and scream at.

My travels have taught me that pretty faces, fast cars, and flashy things are easy to find. Real people, real chemistry, and real compassion are the true gems worth searching for…

Whether we’re traveling the world or sitting in our backyards, the view is always better with someone by our side.

#besomebody.

Kash $

ps – Mom, don’t get too excited. I’m not getting married anytime soon. 🙂

17 Comments
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    “Whether we’re traveling the world or sitting in our backyards, the view is always better with someone by our side.”

    A great post again. Its so true. Its necessary to have someone else’s view point in order to see both sides of the coin than by just limiting ourselves through our opinions.

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      Hey Taz – thanks. 🙂

      I think it’s also about more than just viewpoints, but just sharing special moments and everyday annoyances with someone… we may not always agree, but experiences are more memorable when they involve others.

      hope all is well.

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    “treasured moments are painted by people”… i love that… the places you visit are really just places.. they become remembered with the experiences that fill them – which mostly happens with the people you spend it with.

    thanks for this post Kash; magical in its words & the pictures it sparks..

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      Thanks Heba… 🙂 yes, completely agree. I always notice that when beautiful sights always inspire thoughts of the people we are closest to… and, really, the Fountains just arent the same unless someone’s by your side. 🙂

      talk soon,

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    Amen brother, amen… and note the slight bit of jealousy from me as since taking my current role I never travel anymore. 1,000,000 miles was once in near sight before 29… may take a bit longer but I’ll get there soon 🙂

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      JLu! Wow you were either very inspired, or VERY BORED, a few weekends back… 🙂 thanks for taking the time to read through all the posts bro… means a lot… appreciate your support and thoughts as always… you are a perrenial jet-setter so i have no doubt you will be zooming past 1,000,000 miles in no time brother!… now let me rehab this damn calf and we will be on the hills again by the end of Summer! talk soon bro.

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    beautiful! simply beautiful and real… that is the thinking and mindset we all need for a better life

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    Hey Kash,

    Can’t agree with you more that it’s all about sharing, especially with the loved ones, no matter how awesome a place is.

    On top of that, whenever I travel, I always try to connect with the local people, i.e. people at the coffee shop, old man reading the newspaper. By connecting with them, I get to understand more about their culture, and share the moments with them. After all, they are the ones that makes the area special.

    Thanks for sharing again.

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      Martin!
      You are so right bro. I do the same thing. It’s always about the people, not the place. The people are what make any destination interesting, exciting, annoying, and memorable… moments shared with others seem to linger so much longer.

      happy new year bro, and thanks for reading.

      Kash

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    Kash,
    I’m sharing this post with my students, fellow teachers, and my coaching staff as well. Our lives are made special by whom we spend time with. Not to mention, where we are.
    Life is about experiences. You have those experiences with people, whether they are new or old friends. When traveling, which is not often, I always talk to the locals. They know where the best food is and you find out more of the culture. Thank you for the inspiration. Education is a tough, but so rewarding. Anything I can use to inspire kids to greatness, I’ll use it. God bless.

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