When I left my job at Adobe in 2015, I wrote off everything, writing off my health and the time I spent commuting.
In 2018, I’m no longer the writer who can’t take the leap.
As I wrote, I lost all that and began to work on a more holistic approach to health.
I had to write down every single thing I did, I had to keep track of how much sleep I got, I was constantly in the dark, I spent too much time online, I missed my kids, I could never have a family and I would never be healthy again.
I was writing off everything I did as if I were a child, as if the work was meaningless.
I wrote out my life and what I wanted out of it.
Then I realized I wasn’t even alone.
I met the person who was writing my life off, a woman who works at the Adobe Health Services office in San Francisco.
I knew I had written off everything that I did to stay in the office, and the last thing I wanted to do was write a book about how I lost my job.
But that’s exactly what she was doing.
“I write down everything, I write down how I feel,” she told me.
“That’s the whole plan.”
As the world’s health care system grinds to a halt, the only solution is to break out of the comfort zone and break free of our comfort zones.
If you can, take the plunge and start writing, but be mindful of the consequences.
Write down everything you do, you should stop every single one.
If the writer does not write, the editor is going to blame the writer.
When I lost the job at the end of the year, I stopped writing my book.
When my wife and I were on our honeymoon in January 2019, I started writing.
I never wrote a single word of the book, I just started it.
And as I’ve worked on it ever since, it has grown into a memoir.
It is filled with personal stories about my life, and it is the result of a struggle that was both real and painful.
I had an amazing time writing it.
I loved every minute of it and the result is a book that is both empowering and humbling.