Think about this…the Earth is nearly 25,000 miles around. Is it just me, or does it seem ridiculous to stay in the same place your entire life with that many miles out there to explore?
To settle is to poison your talents. Settling out of fear or for the sake of comfort sucks the life right out of you. I see it every single day. Instead, grab your talents and take them with you. Maybe as a writer it’s a bit easier for me, as I can freelance. But if you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it work. Slowly but surely, I am living proof of this.
I crave experiencing the cultural differences out there, meeting different people and learning what makes the planet tick. I know I’m not alone on this, but a lot of people criticize my views. And those who criticize are usually the same ones who seem to simply be going through the motions, walking around like shells of robot-people, complaining about being exhausted, bored, and on and on. Spare me. They ask, “What about money?” I say, “What about it? Go out and make it. If I can do it, so can you!”
I just always wonder, do people truly feel satisfied with the same routine day-in and day-out? Sure you may have a family and friends, etc., but are you truly happy or simply content? Are you living to your full potential pencil-pushing all day long? I doubt it. Did you really reach all of your personal goals before settling down with another human being and starting a family? I doubt that, too.
And honestly, why does committing to a relationship traditionally infer that you have to stay in one place? I think this is why, as much I am criticized for it, I tend to date gentleman with more non-traditional careers…because I know they get it. They can appreciate the impact travel has on your life. Being able to contribute to other societies and causes. Being able to make an impact that reaches far beyond the confines of a white picket fence on Main Street USA.
This is not a dreamer’s mindset. It is realistic and happens every day. The excitement keeps you hungry. The passion to excel motivates you in ways you never thought possible. Some of the most successful and driven people in the world live this way. Responsible adults building amazing careers while leaving a paper trail of life-changing, mind-enhancing, and spiritually-enriching experiences in their wakes.
Knowing you can always come back to your home base is a far better feeling than wondering what could have been had you actually had the nerve to follow your heart and go!