So I have been free, aka an unemployed bum, for a week. How has it been?
Well I seem to have reverted to a teenager. I sleep for 10 hours a day, don’t care about anything practical, spend all day on my phone and getting spots… The first three are amazing, the fourth not so much. On a more serious note I got back from my hometown today so had my goodbye’s for 6 months with my family.
Back to the adventure then. So this time in 7 days I will be half way to Doha (my stopover) then to Auckland. I hear from the very talented foodie Connie https://twitter.com/connieconsumes the weather is amazing. Roll on icecream season.
“Its time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure”-Ernie Hawell
I started this blog when I made up my mind to quit my job and with it the life that I created. Well today is my first day of freedom. Yes I am officially an unemployed bum.
So how did the day go? Well it started with one of the worst hangovers of my life. I expect with a year of traveling ahead it wont be the last. However it got considerably better with some fresh air and a massive bagel. All in all it wasn’t a day with a lot of bangs but one with a quiet inner peace that I haven’t felt in a long time.
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself”- Danny Kaye
I had an interesting twist this morning with 30 days till I leave the last of my life behind. The house I made an offer on last year fell through and I was asked to make another offer.A tempting offer? I could return to my comfortable life with a house in the wings. However quickly I realised it was no longer an option and I was committed to the decisions I have made.
The point of this little tale is its easy to have distractions that take our life’s down a path unplanned/unwanted and it can be incredibly hard to reforge the life we want. Why? Its scary, its change, its unpredictable etc.
So if anyone is reading please make the most of your life. I have wasted five years. Don’t make my mistakes and life your life.
” I don’t know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.”
So it may have not come across in my posts but I am an introvert in an extraverts world.
As an introvert I have to go on energy saving mode occasionally. So the last few weeks I have been on a massive high from my decision but currently I have had a calmness wash over me. At first I thought it was because I made the wrong decision. However I quickly reflected I am replenishing my energy.
So is solo traveling the world the right decision for me?
I would argue that introverts are best for solo traveling. But surely not as I will need to constantly take risks and talk to people!
Well as an introvert I am uniquely happy to be on my own as my energy comes from within. I am happy to sit on a mountain or beach on my own and just watch. Don’t get me wrong I still want to talk to people and be sociable after all I want to emerse myself in cultures.
The difference for me as an introvert I will need to say no to some group activities, I will be in a crowd and still be on my own, I will lock a door to write my thoughts and I will have my headphones in but not to be unsociable but to recharge. So go forth introverts and own your experience.
My App (STA travel app) tells me its 32 days till the world I have created is fully deconstructed and I start my new adventure, first stop New Zealand.
For those who dont know the reference of my blog title today, its a film where you see two branches of someone’s life after an important event/decision is made.
The reason I reference the film is I went to see a house with a good friend today who is about 6 months behind me and asking the same questions- can I afford it? why am I buying? do I want to live here? what do I compromise on? etc. The difference between us is she is excited and energised by the experience and therefore taking that branch of her life.
The point you ask! Is no matter what direction you are taking make sure its the one for you because life is to short. And remember its never too late to make a crazy decision and take a different branch like me.
As always I will leave you with a quote I enjoyed.
“Her vision of the world under the water represented a beautiful stillness, a version of heaven. It was the lost city of Lena, her alternate universe, the life she yearned for but didn’t get to have.” ― Ann Brashares
I wanted to try something different today, I hope you enjoy it.
Life is the maze, and we stick to the path.
If you turn the wrong way do you risk getting lost.
To know is to feel safe, but what is lost.
To get lost we feel but is it hope or despair.
A risk worth exploring or is it a danger to great.
A decision to turn when everyone travels straight.
I turned to the right and left my life with the fates.