Today's topic: "If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?"
This is actually a pretty terrifying question now that I sit down and commit myself to answering it. Before now, it was just this abstract future question to which I thought I'd simply answer "travel, of course". But in some ways, today's prompt is actually real life for me right now. Well, sort of. As a recent law school graduate and bar examinee, I am currently in this state of limbo. I've just finished schooling and I don't have an employer banging down my door to hire me just yet. For now, I just am :)
So, in a way, my question could be restated "Now that you have nothing to do, what are you going to do?"
Get Fit! - again. I've mentioned fitness a few times already in my blog posts because it's a pretty big concern for me. I began and finished law school heavier and pretty out of shape. Although I lost quite a bit of weight in between, you'd never know if I didn't have the pictures to prove it because I gained a majority of it back over the past 3 years. So, I'm currently dedicating myself to working out daily and most days, twice daily. With no other real obligations, aside from the never-ending job search, I hope to see some results soon. Because I have to be able to outrun that attacker with a machete and an AK47, chasing me for all the secrets I possess but shouldn't know about. I can't be the only one who watches action movies actresses (like Angelina Jolie in Salt) and says "If I had to run that long I'd die. Ah, I have to be fit so I can escape the corrupt government officials!" Oh, I am? Well, OK. *Buries head in sand.*
Write a Novel. Or a short story, or a series of paragraphs even. Just write things. Over the years, I've never really had the time to fully develop a story. I'd jot down a character sketch or two, outline a scene here or there, and maybe even write out a make-shift chapter of some random story if I could. But I could never immerse myself in my characters, in their stories, and resurface with something worthy of calling a coherent piece from start to finish. I salivate over the prospect of such things.
Assuming that money wasn't an option, I'd do this all in London (just for the record, Paris comes in at a close second!). Last year, I spent a week or so in the UK, specifically at Oxford University for a short study abroad program. We visited a few law firms in London and as I stalked through the streets in the most uncomfortable dress shoes I have ever worn (seriously, of all places to do this), I vowed to return (& in comfty shoes!). So in this dream state of 3 months off with all necessary funding, I'd rent a flat not unlike this one in the heart of London.
I'd spend quite a bit of the day lounging in that plush cream, embroidered chair, reading many of the books on the shelves. Via VRBO
I'd relish in the view I woke up to daily. Via VRBO
I'd sit at that vintage desk as I wrote & gaze out of the floor-length window when I was in need of inspiration. Via VRBO
I'd have tea and crumpets in this little nook. Via VRBO
I'd run alongside these fellow travelers in Hyde Park and run a bit further every time. Photo Credit
At night, I'd marvel in the beauty that surrounds me.
Basically, I'd fall head over heels in love with my life.
So that's it. Running away from bad guys + writing a few (thousand) paragraphs + a million dollar London apartment = totally feasible, right?
What would you do with your 3 months off? In the comments below, let me know or direct me to your blog so I can read all about it!