How Travel Ruined Me.

Tomorrow is the first of June. In this little one-track mind and suitcase heart of mine, all that this really signifies is that it’s already been six months since I’ve returned home from Australia.

Six months. Half a year. 183 days.

WHEN did this happen?

Here’s a fun fact: On our last night in Oz, I cried hysterically to Tyler about staying longer. My VISA allowed us to stay there for three months, and we’d only been there for one. I went back and forth, back and forth, head versus heart, but ultimately ended up heading back home to the US for practical reasons. In retrospect, I still don’t know if it was the right decision. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about what I’d be doing right now if I’d stayed, or how my life would be different.

And I’ve been halfheartedly wandering through my days ever since.

Let’s face it, guys. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. HARD. People warned me that it would happen, but you never realize how powerful the force is until it happens to you.

I’ll be honest with you…I feel stir-crazy often. But today? Much more so than usual. Am I doing enough? Seeing enough?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that it has something to do with watching everyone around me chase tirelessly after “The American Dream”…

Work. Work. Work. Save money. Buy a house. Have kids. Take vacations here and there. Retire.

If you’re into that kind of thing, I applaud you! I just don’t think that I can do it.

I’m quickly realizing that I have completely different aspirations for my life than I did just a year ago. There’s been a fundamental shift in my brain overnight (although I think it’s been a long-time coming) and it’s equal parts overwhelming and refreshing all at once.

So, this brings me to ask the question how? How can I create the life that I want for myself?

Well, in order to fill the soul with adventure, I’ll have to fill the pockets first….

Teaching? Tutoring? I successfully completed my TESOL/TEFL Certification last week, and have some piano teaching experience under my belt, so that’s definitely an option.

Freelancing work? I have an eye for detail, and would consider myself creative.

Administration? It’s what my educational and professional backgrounds are in. And there’s no shortage of admin work out there, that’s for sure. Every organization needs ’em!

As an aside – Do you guys realize that there are ways of living around the world that are practically free? There are organic farms needing a helping hand, houses and pets that need sitting. The possibilities are endless, and the resources are endless. They simply need to be utilized.

My worst fear is living a half-assed, tied down, mediocre life. I want to spend my days fulfilled and inspired. And for me, right now, at this point in time, that means seeing as much of this big, beautiful world that I possibly can.

My personal mantra for today is: Begin anywhere.

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I can you promise you- it won’t be boring.

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  • Reply B. R Adams

    I am in awe of your courage and wisdom at such a young age. There is no doubt in my mind that you will lead a happy and fulfilling life. You have so much in front of you and so much to look forward to. I wish you all you ever hope and dream for.

    June 1, 2016 at 2:57 am
  • Reply Traci Long

    As you know we travel the world as much as possible! We have 6 kids and travel at least once or twice a month either state side or around the world. I love your ambition and wish I realized how to set my soul free at your age. Many think we are on “vacation” but you know we’re working for real! I could not imagine our lives without all our travel. It allows me to search my soul for new insights, allows new views of the world, appreciation for life, breaks me down and allows my heart to become full with a simple pay it forward gesture.
    In a nutshell…travel has allowed me to live simple and free. Keeping up with the Joneses….who are they?

    June 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply navigableworld

      I think that’s so fantastic! You guys are doing it right 🙂

      June 6, 2016 at 3:55 am

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