As I’m sitting on the plane getting my fix of “escapism” pleasantly described by J. Marrten Troost, I can’t help but get excited by the thought of once again breaking all of my responsibilities and flee the country to some far off distant land in the tropics surrounded by some foreign language, beautiful women, palm trees, and the smell of salty air fused with corona and lime. This is starting to sound a bit like Mexico…
Leaving behind the rat race is what it’s all about! This likely comes off as unreal to most people. But not me. I’m a firm believer in going after what you want. Actually, going after what I want. I’m not sure why this mindset seems unfathomable by most people, and I’m not a bit curious to find out why. To me it’s simple, make yourself happy. The old saying “if there’s a will, there’s a way” does ring true. Sure, things take time to rearrange in order to put yourself into the position you want. But that’s the first step. Rearranging. Start formulating a plan on how your going to put yourself where you want to be. And if you stay focused on those goals, somehow it works out.
I made a list in college of what I wanted in life. Basically like a 5 year plan. give or take a year or two. I made a list of life improving goals. I wanted to graduate college, I did that. I wanted to get a job in aviation, I did that. I wanted to quit my job and backpack through Central America, I did that. The list goes on, but you get the point. Now that I accomplished most of that list, I have my eyes set on some new goals, and I’m taking them on and formulating plans to accomplish them at this very moment.
Now I don’t mind my job. It’s what I chose to do. And it’s actually a building block to my goals. Go figure. I just know it’s not what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life. Or even until the day I die. Not even close.
I was explain to this guy what I do for a living and to my amazement he told me, enthusiastically, that I should keep doing it until the day I die. Apart of me wanted to choke him and yell at him “what the hell are you thinking!”
I mean, it blows my mind to think that there are people out there with the thought of working until the day you die. Perhaps that is the sad reality of some peoples lives, and I understand some people are in tough situations. But I’m not here on this earth, with only this one precious life I have, to spend it making someone else rich. Call me selfish, but deep down, you have to be. Not in a rude or unpleasant way. But in a “it’s your life, so make yourself happy” kind of way.
By now Bon Jovi should be playing “It’s My Life” inside your head. And they’ve got one hell of a point. It’s now or never, because you’re not going to live forever.
I’m not here saying you should quit your job. Don’t be reckless. And I’m definitely not a supporter of feeding off of the government by living off your neighbors taxes. Create your own wealth of satisfying relationships and money. Money is a necessary evil and it’s a very contradicting thing because money creates freedom, but it also creates a cold cell of consumerism and depression. It all depends on your situation. But like I said, you can change that situation with a plan that’s going to work for you. And even if it doesn’t work, at least you tried. Just get up and try again. It’s really just about being satisfied in life.
That being said. I’m becoming a huge armchair traveler. Basically, when I start a new travel memoir book by an author I’ve come to appreciate, I get super pumped when they start describing a situation that I find really amusing. It’s that feeling then and there when I’m ready to pack my bags and hit the path of liberation. And I’m coming to realize that when I hit the mark on my goals, I’m going to explode out of the close minded corridors of the westernized modern world and into some islands in the middle of the pacific ocean. Oooh I can’t wait!
But actually it is the close minded corridors of the modern world that make breaking the molds of society so sweet. Maybe it’s the rebellious aquarian inside me talking, but I like when he talks.
Think of it as the feeling of being deprived of pizza for so long. Everybody loves pizza. Once you go so long without pizza, you just have to go and achieve some pizza. So go and get yourself some of that freedom pizza. It will be the best tasting pizza you’ve ever tasted. Who wants a slice?