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Recently I experienced in one of the most breathtaking adventures of my life. A short vacation of five days can teach a lifetime of lessons especially when it comes to the art of living. Although most of us dream of a life that is carefree and devoid of regret, the reality is that each of us sacrifice a little bit of ourselves each day we don’t make our passion our priority.

Passion is not a question of what “job” you find most interesting, it is a question of what you would rather spend your time doing. It should not be a hobby, something confined to the rare moments of stillness. It should be cornerstone of which your freedom is built.

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

a favorite quote of Luke Bornheimer by Steve Jobs

A land where time was not important, where the letters h-u-r-r-y strung together means nothing. This was the trip of a lifetime, multiple adventures strung together so frequently it was a blur of activity. The stark contrast to our society and lifestyle is easily recognizable to anyone who has experienced both cultures. Although much was accomplished in five days, we were never rushed, never anxious, and never stressed. This go-with-the-flow attitude is one shared by many cultures but I experienced it in Puerto Rico.

Although ambition is not lacking in this country, somehow they have managed it without the stress, or anxiety experienced by most Americans. The minute I stepped foot in the US I felt it, the need to be occupied, by something, anything. I needed to feel productive, I needed to plan, strategize and execute.

Even through I knew my stint in Puerto Rico was a “vacation,” I felt this sense of tranquility, no one “hurried,” their were no concrete plans or meeting times. Everything just seemed to come together, accomplished simply without the stress, which routinely accompanied plans created in the US.

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

I didn’t say it Steve Jobs said it.

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