Nuts huh? It's not me. If your wondering why you have not herd from me in a while it's because I've been working furiously on other things and it's taking up my time!! Clearly I still have plenty of perfecting to do on my time management. Interesting enough, just now pondering the uses of my my free time and how others do the same; a interesting man became a customer of mine for the first time today. His story is unlike any that I've ever herd and followed on some thoughts on living in his shoes.
Today I get a call for formal wear and formal accessories. Clearly a well-to-do retired man who looks careless and has a very subtle tone of a gentle giant. Rather large, maybe 6'2 and today was looking for a outfit for an upcoming cocktail event. The common problem, I haven't had a reason to wear a suit "for years". Much less a tuxedo! As we did our thing guiding him to the right styling and fit that would have him the talk of his well respected country club I decided to finally get to know this man a little more and what I found out is just mind blowing.
In my own words, this man had a very successful furniture design house that catered to major retailers and private customers ( usually incredibly wealthy much like my own ). Long story short after going through all of is famous customer list that he has sold in his past, he told me that after he sold his business he bought an island in Panama. Yes, a island! Where off the coast? I'm not sure. But it's mind blowing to me. In fact, not only did he purchase the secluded island where he was the only one who lived on it; he also build a large tree house where he was 26 feet in the air above sea level. Some how he broke into civilization and met a girl to finally move into the area. After meeting his 'now wife' he sold his island to a French drug lord who wasn't afraid to tell him about his activities. The french drug lord purchases the island for cash and now my customer is living in normal civilization. Here are a couple of questions I asked him about in regards to what it's like to live on a secluded island for a duration of 3 years solo. Let's name the interviewee Castaway:
So Mr. Castaway, when you purchased the island, tell me, how doe's on go about finding and buying a island?
I have always thought about buying a island for myself to live on. I've always wanted to do it. To find a island is much easier than it was three years ago, there are several web brokerages that shows islands for sale all over the world.
What were some of the difficulties of living by yourself on your island?
Well for some just the fact that there are no people around could be considered difficult. I actually like it! However, the most difficult pertaining to living on my island was building my tree house with current amenities such as pressurized hot water and air conditioning which required running electricity to the island. There were many processes to make that happen and it wasn't always nice.
What were some of the things you learned about yourself during this time?
Living by yourself definitely has some advantages. Consider it detoxing from today's society of constant advertising and social media exposure. The amount of information thrown at us daily puts most of us at a zombie state and we just go through the motions. I found that without all of these distractions I was well into the moment and had more joy because I was in the moment. I was able to enjoy the current happenings which were rather simple. One morning I was woken up by a dolphin blowing water through the top and he was splashing and playing. I remember thinking, this is the best experience of my life because I am seeing all of this in a totally different lens. When I had my business I would always be on the move and never thinking about the present. I highly recommend you to try doing this to regain clarity.
What would you do for food?
I planted many different plants like bananas, potato based vegetables, coffee, mangos and got most of my protein out of the sea.
There are many more questions that I've asked more in detail about how to live on a private island and how to actually acquire one but I will do a second post about this. Also, it will be interesting to find out more about building a house size tree house. I found a site called www.privateislandsonline.com where you can find islands for sale.
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