So starts the month of travel. It’s a strange thing, going between countries and continents and cultures and worlds, all tied together by the one quest to move business forward. I suppose you can say in some abstract sense that’s the way of the world.
History has a funny way of coming full circle, like my life was a magic realism novel written by Isabel Allende, with a forward by Tina Fey. I’m judging the competition that I participated in with Unilever in London 2 years ago- read: I get to sit on the other side this time. Dinner at Buckingham Palace, second time around. London is such a beautiful city and yet I probably won’t know what to do with myself.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, United States of America. It’s funny when you’re mostly reading international media about the place you used to live in. Maybe in some way I still live in. But not physically, only somewhat mentally, spiritually, culturally.
People like to ask the question -who are you. Whose or what side are you on? What box can you tick? Not directly of course, but in ways to avoid the deep conversation, trying to be polite. I don’t mind impolite because lets face it, we are all itching to be real. The proxy question to answer all the questions: where do you see yourself living long term?
I have decided that life isn’t black and white and trying to live in the black or the white would mean you’re missing out on all the good stuff. The grey is where life lives. Of course you need some black, and some white to make grey, but only a little. I think those are your principles and values. And they are very personal, non replicable. After that, everything else, I think, is grey. Also dynamic. Because how could we be static beings with static thoughts in a world where we are presented information every second of every minute of every day? How are we the same person we were even 5 minutes ago?
So the answer is: I don’t plan on choosing. Both. All of the above. And why limit ourselves at all? Why can’t we be a combination of every place we have visited, every person we have met, every book we have read, and every movie we have watched? And say that unique summation is, well, me.
I think that’s the real question people are asking. Less about my geographic inclination and more about who I am and who I plan to be.
And the answer is: I have no idea. But whatever it is, it’s going to be pretty damn good.