London was one of those rare cities gifted with enticing jobs, bars, restaurants, a life that could linger briefly in your and make you feel, rightly or wrongly, you were genuinely invited into the mystery of its life. Only to find out later that I’ve been eaten, chewed up and spat out at my own will. I genuinely fell for the city like one falls in love in a short love affair. London was my life.
I naively thought I had created a life for myself when I was working in a corporate world. Until one day everything changed. I was made redundant and my life ended. Little did I know then my life was about start. I started working for myself. I started writing which I had always wanted to do. I even met the love of my life and got married. Life as I knew it vanished what’s left of it is a bitter sweet memory.
Things in hindsight always look more attractive….However, my memories of my life in London don’t. I was out a lot. I would have at least two glasses of red wine or gin and tonic. Next day I’d go to work with a fog in my head. I would make myself the walking dead so my dreams and wishes are silent. It reminds me of a book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
“The system” tells you when to watch TV, when to work, when to go out and so on it’s not so different when I worked for a corporate world. If you thought differently you were considered an outcast and needed to rehabilitate so you don’t question your daily life. That pretty much sums up my life in London. Don’t get me wrong I worked really hard.
I got two degrees from the University of London. I have great friends in London but London life is not for me. Samuel Johnson said: ‘If you are tired of London you are tired of life.” I say if you want to LIVE you get the hell out of London. There are many places in the sun but Spain is one of the best choices you can make if you want to LIVE in Europe.
What I mean by live is you don’t need a lot of money. Food isn’t expensive. Most food is grown in Spain is exported to the UK and other parts of Europe. Spain has an inexhaustible amount of sun which is your natural vitamin D. After living in the UK I was diagnosed with a deficiency of vitamin D. People get a four bedroom house with a pool with a fraction of the price.
Compare that to a tiny flat in London with grey skies for most of the year! You have all the activities you can think of, hiking in the mountains, horse riding, swimming in the sea, rock climbing (on an actual mountain) all of it is in the nature. When I got back to London after my time in Barcelona I couldn’t get my head around how claustrophobic London was.
There was just concrete zero nature. I cried when I went for a walk in St. Jame’s Park. There is no nature in London. Nature is the most natural place to be. Nature gives you all the energy and rest. You can get all your worries and all your problems solved just by hiking in the mountains or horse riding or swimming in the sea or chill by the pool. Take your pick!
What I was programmed to believe that it’s ok to work all year for a two week holiday. I live the holiday. I live everyday what people work for the whole year just to have what I have for two weeks. That’s not life to me, that’s just existing. I am not saying this to boast and tell you how wonderful my life is I am just saying I have become alive and I am no longer a slave to a system that London offers.
I don’t want that. I never wanted it. I was sold the idea thank goodness I woke up. I hope you are going to wake up too. The alternatives are out there corporate world is not for everyone. I’ve tried it and I simply don’t fit in. I never did and I never will. My husband and I have a plan how to never work for a man and live how we want to live.
Inshalla within the few months we will be there in the meantime we enjoy the sun, mountains, horses, the sea and the pool. May your life be filled with your dreams too.