Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google, announced a few days ago that after 7 years working for the company , he is retiring to spend more time with his family (you can read the full statement here). He explains his decision in these words:
"This summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more."
Well, I finished university 10 years ago. It's a long time and yet, I'm only starting in the business world. I still have, potentially, many decades in front of me before my time is done. But the truth is: who knows how long we are for. What if my lifeline is nearing its end? I cannot know, and I don't want to know. But I do know this: I don't want to test my luck. Just like Patrick Pichette, my time is now. I am choosing me.
For many personal and professional reasons, I came to a conclusion in late 2014: I do not want to wake up 5, 10, 20 years from now and realize my life is more than half over and my soul is still unhappy. I do not want to celebrate my 25th anniversary of sharing my life with Shane thinking that I should have invested more energy in my marriage or miss out on my kids lives while they are growing up.
I am choosing now to live with the added stress of being an entrepreneur, having no safety net, less financial security, and a lot more responsibilities. But I'm also choosing to live with more flexible hours, time for friends and family, the possibility to travel with my husband when I want, to see my kids grow up and to take care of my parents as they age.
Those are the things you need to invest in. And this is the time to do it.
So... not all posts on this blog will be as profound as this one, I promise. But I will be sharing some thoughts about translation, marketing, entrepreneurship, and life in general.
Hopefully, you find something in this blog that challenges you, pushes your boundaries and maybe even makes you laugh from time to time.
Looking forward to sharing this experience with you,