Updated: Jan 23
Hey everyone! In January of 2021, we sold our house, I stopped working, and we hit the road. My wife, two kids, and I moved into a trailer and started full time traveling. We had starry skies, saw national parks, had breakdowns and tire blowouts, swam in natural hot pools, and saw a lot of America during a crazy year.
You might be wondering a few things like: did we get into trouble or did we buy a gun. Yes, trouble and no gun. Did we get covid? Of course we did. Weren't we careful and didn't we get vaccinated? Yes and Yes. Did we go to the hospital? No, we didn’t get that sick but I can tell you that you’ll know if you have covid when beer tastes like soda water.
More importantly, why did we do this? Well...after a year on the front lines during the pandemic, I decided it was time to switch gears.
It's a long story and I'm writing a book about all of this. But here are the main points.
First and foremost, I needed to make sure my marriage was healthy. There were so many problems caused by the pandemic: the school shutdowns, not seeing friends, working crazy hours for me while others had no work. The stress was tremendous.
Second, my kids are little and since school continues to be a problem (either not allowing children to come to school because of a runny nose or because of schools shutting down), they need more of me. And I don't want the time to fly by and wish I had spent more time with them.
Third, I'm taking a much needed break from medicine. Some call it a gap year while others call it a sabbatical (or skillbatical). It's been ten years since my last gap year when I worked in Sudan for Doctors Without Borders. I'm overdue for a major life change.
So why this blog? And why now? I need your help. In order to publish a book I need to connect with readers. I'd like to get my stories out into the public, much neeed stories about my life as a doctor and how I balance clinical work, family life, and teaching a class.
So tell me how you're doing. How have you been impacted by the pandemic? Are you a medical professional who is looking for a change? Or is everything working out nicely? I created a survey that you can access here if you'd like to know more about the book.
I'm crafting a newsletter that I will send out once a month with a few of my secrets on healthy pandemic living, books I read, and more. It’s a short email with a few things I’ve found or explored each month. It's kind of like Tim Ferriss' “5-Bullet Friday” except I'll share my version of useful tips and tricks that have led me to always seek adventure despite my fears.
Quote I’m pondering — "Everything popular is wrong" Oscar Wilde
Peace and love! Mike