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There are days when I sit quietly all by myself and think about life – I question the purpose of my existence and get all philosophical! 🙂 Perhaps today is one such day! Yes, I am alive and I have a purpose for being so!
Well, I would like to tell my Wanderers Hub family that I left my 9-6 routine job, 5 years back. Thankfully, I realized really early in time that I wasn’t meant for a robotic job – a job that made me question my existence, made me work like a machine, and didn’t do much to my life, except pay for my bills! Of course, I was better than that. And making the most of my high points, I took a leap of faith and started blogging. What started as a freelancing career turned into a money making business idea and soon I started earning double of what I was in my job, with double the satisfaction. I was happy doing work I loved and more so because it let me do things I loved, of course, traveling! 😉
I was an exception and I am glad I was one, but for most of the people, making a move is rather difficult. Living a life where we spend a major chunk of our time in the offices, in front of the laptops, working for the bosses who don’t even care about our life is just not worth it. Okay, most of you would be thinking that what should we do then? Leave jobs, sit at home, and plan what can be done in life ahead? No! You just need to stop spending your life in a dreamlike state and see what specific purpose you wish to serve.
There are times when I am not just content with what all I have achieved (not much, really) and get into a moment of trance, thinking “What am I doing? Why am I doing? And most of all what do I want to do?” These thoughts usher me to wake up and smell the coffee. 🙂
Life is just too short! Life is too short to remain in one place, go back home feeling unfulfilled, take ourselves for granted, eat the same food, or do the same old household chores – every single day!
Now picture, you being in different places, sampling different meals, trying different lifestyles, waking up to a different sunrise, and feeling alive – every single day. Well, this is my ultimate goal in life – to be able to feel free, alive, and travel to new places.
So, today I feel is one of those days when I really wanted to cherish the freedom of not doing a routine job and being able to live my life in the way I always wanted to. Yes, I am not traveling as much as I should be right now, but it’s on my list. At least I am living my life the way I desire to, work as and when I want to, be my own master, and spend days just the way I want to.
We’ve not come in the world to bust our butts for 40-50 odd years, doing what we don’t want to, and just wait for the day to come to an end, with a thought that the next day might be beautiful! Guys! It won’t be! Unless you want it to be! I am no preacher myself but I am not one thing at least, a slave to someone else. I am sure no one would like to choose such a life if given a choice.
This was my whole idea of starting my own blog and doing what I am really passionate about – travel writing! Sadly, only a few of us really know what we came on the earth for and what our purpose is. And I have many friends and dear ones who go through their life ordeals, never doing what could have tapped their potential to the most and given them much more happiness. With such a living, frustration and sorrow definitely follow by. Don’t be convinced that you are better off this way that you were meant to be stuck in a place or you cannot be anything else.
“If you are ALIVE, there’s a purpose for YOUR LIFE” – Rick Warren
The Bottomline is we need to enjoy what we do and do something that we love! This brings me to the thought of travel and why I enjoy my getaways so much. When I’m out on the road, I’m genuinely happy. I become a little child once again, who enjoys fresh air and gets overwhelmed by the awe-inspiring gorgeousness of this virgin land. I am able to enjoy the moments and live in the present. Travel makes me feel alive. It feels like every time I come back home, I am a new person – someone who is ready to face the new challenges and someone who’s just lucky! It has become an intrinsic part of me – something that revives my soul.
Travel is more like a therapy to me. Whether it was a self-guided road trip to Ibiza, riding camels in Dubai, or snorkeling in Maldives, each experience gave me a chance to enjoy and appreciate my existence. Traveling in a strange, new land and indulging in life-changing experiences can prepare you for the most difficult choices in life. You grow emotionally and mentally.
Even when back from a vacation to an undesired reality, it is the thought of next travel that keeps me going. Are you motivated enough to book your tickets and set the ball rolling? Do let us know your thoughts? What’s your ideology of travel and how it helps you learn different things? Do you travel with a purpose or you don’t need one to travel?
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You make me envy ur lifestyle 😀
You can have one too, it’s just a matter of choices we make in life. Just listen to your heart at times instead of going by what your brain says! I am sure, you’ll be able to make better choices in life. 🙂
Great one Prerna, liked it.
I’m glad you liked it Rachit. 🙂
Great read. I’ve made some huge life changes over the past few months and I’ve found meditation and visualisation have helped so much. Just sitting down each day to visualise the life I want. I know this next year is going to be the year those thoughts turn into actions. All the best for the year ahead.
Meditation can be a life changer! Meditating in open places with greener surroundings and fresh air can make the difference. Glad you liked reading the blog!
I’m really glad you’ve found what you love. I wish you many amazing travels for 2017!
I am in awe and envy! Beautiful post, so inspiring!
I am struggling with a 9-5 IT job and I am planning to make my annual leaves count in 2017. I also have a plan to quit within a year. Are you traveling on an Indian Passport. If so I would like to get a few tips ? 🙂 I am off to Thailand for a week next month (Bangkok and Krabi) on a solo trip.
Yes Gokul, I and my husband are traveling on an Indian passport. While he is an IT geek himself, I am my own boss. But we somehow manage to make all the annual leaves count and plan our trips wisely. Good luck for your solo trip; Bangkok is amazing. May you remain bitten by the travel bug forever! 🙂
A good list. Good reason to watch a movie. Travel movies and get inspired to travel. Wish I could go to all those beautiful places I see in the movies.
Sounds like you had a wonderful year! 🙂
Beautiful post. All the best for the year ahead.
Congrats on chasing after the lifestyle that you truly want to live – it’s totally normal for those occasional thoughts of “what am I doing” etc to kick in, but in terms of being content with what you’ve achieved, what I’ve come to realize is that if you’re truly happy, and can be happy remaining in that happy state (if that makes any sense at all), you’ve achieved so much more than so many other people ever do!
This is very inspiring of you! I wish and hope you more bountiful trips this year! cheers and safe travels to you!
I really liked the “Travel is like a therapy to me” and I can definitelly relate. There’s is not a feeling like when I am planning or going to the next amazing trip or living abroad. You learn so much through the process. I think everyone has these moments where we are not sure whether we are at the right place or doing the right things but we should try to believe in the way we have chose that make us happy.
Thanks for your inspiration! I’ve not been traveling full time but am combining my office job (which I love) with roughly 100 travel days a year and I love it. If I couldn’t travel, my life would end. Seriously. I live to travel. Only few of my friends and relatives understand so I’m always happy to read I’m not the only one 🙂
WOW, it’s so good to be able to strike a conversation with someone who relates to the same experiences. Traveling along with job takes serious guts! Managing our holidays and then managing funds is something! 😉
I’m totally with you. Travel can be a form of therapy. If it makes you happy, why stop. People get bent out of shape when others travel because they’re jealous. But no one freaks out if someone reads 300 books a year, or knits several blankets. You know what I mean. Travel for me is about learning, new cultures, experiences, etc. And learning about myself in the process.
You can’t be more right about: Traveling is like a therapy. I don’t travel to forget about bad things. That’s not my purpose. I travel because I absolutely love it and keeps me alive, but it’s true that, whenever something bad has happened me back home and I travel, I tend to forget it and start over. Great post!
You are so right, life is so short and we should follow my dreams. After 10 years I left my job, to still work but on things I like and be able to travel more! I couldn’t be happier and i feel my life has a purpose now!
More and more people are realizing that the whole 9-to-5 life just isn’t making them happy anymore. The most important thing in life is to be happy no matter what you choose to do. Happy travels!
Totally agree! I realized it long back and today I am definitely happy with that decision of mine! I am happy and at peace – still earning, still living! But most importantly, way way more satisfied with my life!
I used to travel just to explore. Lately, I’ve been looking to attend meaningful travels and volunteer work and things like that ðŸ˜€