Yes folks, I know I’ve been very quiet over the past month.
I haven’t really published anything new on the blog. Apart from responding to your comments and emails, I didn’t add anything new.
And no, it had nothing to do with the last few episodes of “Breaking Bad”… (but weren’t they awesome? Never mind, we’ll talk about that another time).
Before I get to my announcement, let me already tell you that this is one helluva long post. You might want to sit down or something.
First of all, thank you for all the inquiries about my silence. I’m really touched by your messages, especially the ones asking if I’m ok health-wise. Yes, I’m perfectly fine. My beer-belly has seen a little too much beer and wine in this last month but other than that, I’m in top condition.
It’s also great to have a loyal reader base that eagerly awaits my new content. Imagine the opposite where none of you even noticed that I’ve not updated the blog? That would’ve been really sad.
And finally to answer one last question from you, no, I haven’t lost interest in the LBSS blog either. Far from it! It’s true that I did say in one podcast session that I now only do things that bring me joy, but know that I consider this blog as one of those joyful activities. It’ll take a lot more before I start to get bored with it.
Now, on to the “why?”…
“I like to move it move it”… back to Sri Lanka
As of Thursday, October 3rd, I’m thrilled to announce that I have moved back to Sri Lanka!
This move demanded a lot of my time and attention. There were my companies in Monaco to shut down, there was a container full of my stuff to be shipped, there were phone contracts to cancel, and there were friends to say “au revoir” to, the last one which explains the excessive beer and wine. I just couldn’t find the time to update the blog.
I’ve spent a wonderful and memorable 13 years in Monaco but I felt that it was time for me to come back home. As much as I hold Monaco in a special place of my heart (and I always will), I simply was running out of reasons to continue living there.
I’ve narrowed this decision down to 2 main reasons:
Reason 1: Deciding to only do work that brings me joy
As most of you know from my About Page, my background is in Finance. As long as I worked in Finance, which is generally known to be an industry with higher monetary compensation, maintaining the somewhat ‘fancy schmancy’ lifestyle I had created for myself was not at all an issue. Monaco is a GREAT place to live but, in a strange justifiable way, it comes at the price of a high cost of living. I was fortunate (and not to mention, I worked my ass off) to be able to afford it.
But then I realized that Finance was not bringing me the joy that I was continuously and desperately seeking.
It didn’t make me feel alive. It didn’t make me jump out of bed in the morning. Instead, it made me hit the snooze button 15 times. It simply was not for me anymore. Yes, there was also stress that came with the job but it was NOTHING compared to the stress I felt in the pit of my stomach every time I asked myself “Seriously Dilshan, what the f*** are we doing? How long are we going to pretend this is fun?”.
And so, I made the conscious (and ultra-liberating) decision to do more of what makes me happy. This meant that I needed to drop Finance like a bad rabbit.
(I know it’s ‘habit’. Just making sure you’re still paying attention)…. :)
I can only guarantee 2 things with my work:
1) You won’t enjoy all of it;
2) I will.
– Ricky Gervais
But I had to be practical since this kind of attitude towards my work also meant that I had to rethink my financial plan and decide where I was going to live. I couldn’t reasonably expect to make the same level of income (at least not immediately) to support my Monaco lifestyle from these new projects, no matter how much I enjoyed them.
Reason 2: Being closer to family & old friends
Both my parents live in Sri Lanka. They’re not getting any younger (side note: I’ve always found this expression funny. Isn’t this true for everyone? Aren’t we ALL getting older?… Anyway, you know what I mean).
My brother and I are very close to our parents. Call us crazy but contrary to the popular cliché, we actually like hanging out with the parents. They’re two of the nicest people I know and I wanted to be closer to them.
Then comes the rest of my family in Sri Lanka, all 100 of them… or at least it was 100 on the last count (my cousins seem to be birthing new nieces and nephews every time I look away). Here is a bunch of people who are very genuine, extremely warm, and who have an amazing way of making me feel at home.
And finally, I have all my friends from my childhood. It’s tough nowadays to meet up frequently since, unlike me, they selfishly got married and started families (ha!). However, now that I’m back and my visit doesn’t come with a departure date, I foresee many spontaneous ‘get-togethers’ with them, similar to the one we had on a fishing boat in the middle of the night during my last visit here (long story…).
It just made good sense to me.
The question now is: “Does this affect the Lazy But Smart Sinhala Blog (and more importantly, does it affect you)?”
The answer is: “Yes, it does… in a multitude of positive ways!”
We’ve just seen the calm before the storm…
My move back here means that I have access to resources that I didn’t dream of having before. After all, I am at the “source” of the Sinhala language. I’ve got a ton of new ideas on how to improve what I’m currently offering you. I’m excited.
At the same time, subsequent to the reshuffling of my priorities, I now have more free time that’ll enable me to implement the above mentioned ideas.
I’ve been “planning” for way too long. Now it’s time to pump out more quality content. A “storm” of content.
There you go folks, now you know what I’ve been up to.
We’ve all heard that quote from Lennon, “Life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans”. So I can’t really say for certain if I’ll end up living my entire life in Sri Lanka. But for now, I’m immensely proud and happy to call this beautiful island with its beautiful people my “home”.
This coming month is going to be a little messy as I settle in and as I setup shop, but I’ve already got some new blog posts in the pipeline. Expect them (and other types of content) very soon.
Thanks again for your wonderful concerned mails. I’m loving the love from all of you.
The best is yet to come, folks… I promise.