The world is a book. You can either read it, or you can write one of your own. That was actually too black and white of a statement, because honestly, I love to do both!
Now of course were all writing our own story in some aspect. From the moment we’re born, our story begins. But when does it REALLY begin? For most people it begins right after high school. we graduate, go to college, do some crazy shit, and get a job in the “real world”. We end up getting caught up in the boring routine of day to day life and feel the need to break free. This routine is the silent killer which destroys our dreams. I believe you have to break free of this routine and do the things you’ve always dreamed of. If you like this routine and you feel safe and comfortable in it, then by all means keep on keeping on. But if not, just remember you’re never too old or unexperienced to follow your dreams.
For me, I was working 40+ hours a week at a job that I wasn’t interested in doing for the rest of my life, even though I went to college for it and have a nice little debt to repay because of it. But I doubt I would be able to do what I was about to do without that job. I felt like my life was going nowhere and really had no meaning. Even though I was (and currently am) potentially saving countless lives by keeping planes safely in the sky, it’s just not my cup of tea. And I believe you should be able to enjoy your cup of tea!
I was always told that I can do anything I wanted to in life. That didn’t really hit me until 2014 when I decided to do my first solo backpacking trip to Central America. I finally decided to take el toro por los cuernos! (The bull by the horns)
But before I decided to pack everything I thought I needed into my 27 liter Black Diamond backpack (and ride that bull down to Central America), I needed to do some research on where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, and how I wanted to do it. I searched numerous travel blogs and websites to find out what was out there in the “real world” that I wanted to experience. I searched everything from what I should wear, what toiletries I should bring, what gadgets to use, to where the best backpacking places are. The problem with deciding on where I wanted to go was I wanted to go everywhere, and see everything. I suppose that’s a good problem to have! But a voice in my head told me in my Mr. Miyagi. voice, “It all will come in time young grasshopper”. So I chose Central America since it’s relatively close to the U.S. and getting a flight there is relatively cheap (depending on when you buy your ticket. I will elaborate on that later.) And it’s pretty cheap to backpack around there.
It took a lot thinking but it was around September when I decided “I am doing this”. I just needed a few more supplies, learn some more Spanish and… quit my job?! Walk out in a self invigorating blaze of glory with my middle finger in the air?! No. More like working up the courage for two more months and slowly tell a few of my family, friends and co-workers about my grand scheme. some of whom were totally supportive of it while others thought I was going crazy. No matter what their opinion was, I knew what I wanted, and I knew what I had to do.
So finally one day on my way to work, I seen a sign on the side of the road somebody had put there recently that said something along the lines of “Go with your heart” or “Don’t let life slow you down”. The truth is, I completely forgot what the sign said. But at that moment, I knew right then and there that I was going to do what many dream about and only so many have the privilege to do.
Walking into work that day with my feel good blaze of glory attitude, I sat this travel magazine on my tool box and my boss walks over, looks at the magazine, and said, “What are you doing, planning on traveling the world?” To my amazement, I looked at him and told him “yeah, actually I am.” And right after that I told him my plans and he was surprisingly okay with it said he wishes he could do something like that and whenever I’m ready to come back there will be a spot for me. So I put in my two week notice and went to Central America for two months and had some of the coolest experiences of my life! But the problem is, I came back to the same job doing the same thing and I’m trapped in this routine again…
But to every problem, there is always a solution!