Living serendipitously

I was reading the guardian article about Sebastiano Magnanini.

He had tried to steal a $1M painting in Venice. He worked as a high-end tour guide at the temples of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. According to his friends, he knew everything about the history of those temples. He was neighbours with a sculptor, Sarah Constable (descendent of one very famous painter, John Constable). His house was filled with books, musical instruments and two pythons. And in 2014, he had a stint as a roadie for Prince!

It’s like the life of Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram. Bank robber, drug dealer, slum doctor, Bollywood movie extra, he also became part of the Mumbai underworld.

Whenever I hear stories of people like that, only one question comes to mind. HOW? How do they do it? There’s an element of exponential living in these people’s lives. They have an ability to create something out of nothing.

I’m thrilled by their lives but at the same time, I know the other side that they would have had to contend with –  fickle income stream, being okay about putting yourself out there, not taking rejection personally, not being able to plan long-term.

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I hate being vulnerable. It’s just not a comfortable place.


But it sure does suck to sit by and feel like your life is stagnant.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin

Maybe it’ll now be time?



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