Exit Strategy

Our Happy Ending, Photopoli by Karen Bentley

Do we ever get things done without an exit strategy: an end goal?

Over a Starbs coffee on a wet and cold November Sunday morning, Denzil asked me “what is your happy ending?”. We agreed on the same without hesitation: “… to live by the sea, to be able to see it and hear it. Little desire for possessions, but to experience living this life, together. To heal and repair our bodies”. So we planned our London exit strategy. 

Six months later we live in a small, (I prefer ‘bijoux’) white and clean flat that simply could not be any closer to the sea and a view of seven miles of beautiful beach. We don’t lay on the beach, we absorbits beauty from our balcony at any given time of day (or night). The area is close to the Uni where I am due to start in September having been offered two unconditional offers, one here and one in UAL – top choices for anyone wanting to study photography. 

This blessed life for each of us had been on hold awaiting release from difficult divorces and property sales, where others had made it expensive, painful and protracted, both of us kept small and now finally finding ourselves utterly free to be the architects of our own destiny. 

And Our Story continues. 

Far from developing frazzled nerves and stress, Lockdown has given us immense closeness and friendship. Priceless. 

Lockdown has only altered how we might achieve the end goal – as it has for many people as businesses and industries evolve or disappear from our lives. In terms of our business and achievements we have remained busy orchestrating the path to achieve it. 

Nobody knows how long our life may be, so I will ask you this: have you thought about what you really want to do and when you want to do it. Have you planned your exit strategy – from a bad relationship, a bad career, or home that doesn’t suit you?

Job 22:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

This bible quote is translated in many modern ways, but it fact. You have to declare intention, plan the path to achieve it and it all becomes so clear.