Two hotels in Mumbai were attacked over the past couple of days….my office is in southern India, Bangalore, so I rarely travel to Mumbai, but one of the hotels under attack, the Taj Mahal, is where I stay when I am in Mumbai – I have stayed there 3 times over the past years….so it is very strange for me to see this hotel on TV burning and under seige by extremists.
I am american and I travel often … last week I was in both Shanghai and Cairo and back in Dubai for the rest of the week. Tonight I am flying back to Shanghai for a meeting on Monday and then monday night I will fly from Shanghai directly to Paris for a meeting most of tuesday…then very early wednesday am. Paris to Riyadh all day wednesday and then ultimately, I will be back in Cairo again on Thursday morning for the day and night – back in Dubai office my mid day friday.
I share this weeks travel schedule in todays blog because – I want to point out that although I travel often, I do not waste energy worrying about things I can not control.
When I was at Cal Berkeley, I read Napolian Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” …. and for the longest time, I did not understand one point in the book, “do not live your life fearing death…” (I do not have this book in Dubai so I do not remember the exact quote, but something like that).
But over the past 10 years or so, I have learned exactly what he was refering to.
I have a close friend who does not travel much because he is afraid of flying … thus he skips opportunities to travel around the world. I have a close friend whose wife does not travel in the middle east, esp. not Egypt because she has read terrorists live in Egypt…so she will never see incredible sites such as the Pyramids in Egypt or Petra in Jordan. I know many people who spend more time worrying about dying than they do in making their lives happen….and all the great adventures they miss because they fear dying.
I do not live my life worrying about death.
Do not get me wrong … what happened in India is horrific … 191 people died, probably many more…
however, do not let the extraordinary, horrible things in the world scare you from adventuring – experiencing life.