At one point she and her husband were worth over $1B.
Fast forward to today, things are much different.
I was introduced to a lady recently for some consulting. It turns out we were able to help each other, not just help moving in one direction.
Yesterday, I met with her for what was to be “lunch” and it ended up being a half day meeting culminating with tea at sunset and a bike ride.
Unconventional and very cool.
The back story: At one point, she was married to a very successful businessman and she had several successful ventures of her own. There was world travel, celebrities, a 150-foot yacht, and even a 20,000 sq. ft. home which she never completely toured.
Without going into specifics, her husband turned out to be “a little off.”
After extensive “BS” for lack of a better phrase, she became free from that life.
She left much behind.
Nearly all of it. She rebuilt.
As you would guess, she does have fond memories of special events and great travel. Yet, today she is much happier.
She lives with her new husband in an incredible 1 bedroom apartment overlooking the ocean. She works from home. Her favorite part of the day is the 20-mile bike ride she does at sunset along the beach.
She admits the “lux” lifestyle was fun, and also crazy at times.
She took many lessons forward into this next phase of her life. Her kids are grown, and she has many close friends.
When I scheduled our meeting, I said, “I’ll be there at 1 PM. How much time do you have?”
Her reply was, “I run my show.”
I replied, “Damn right you do!”
She “runs her show” by making her own schedule, working from home, making her own rules, riding her bike every day, enjoying friends, watching the sunset every day and generating revenue from several business ventures which let her live comfortably in a small, beautiful and simple environment.
Although it’s a far cry from the life in the first half of her life, she laughs often, exercises daily, has more than enough resources each month and doesn’t have to deal with someone who wasn’t “pleasant.”
The moral of this true story?
Your life will have many seasons. Not all will be the same duration. As you look back at the previous seasons, it may seem like someone else’s life because it’s so different from your current reality.
Take the experience and the lessons forward. Let go of everything else.
Drink tea at sunset.
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