Like many I’ve been raised with the belief that you need to:
- go to school, in order to…
- get your qualifications, in order to…
- attain a good job, in order to…
- advance your career, in order to…
- make more money, in order to…
Here is where I get stuck. Why are we following this process when we don’t understand its ultimate purpose? Sure, more money means more security and comfort, but at what cost? If you go to school with the intent of making money, find and secure a high paying job, then yes, at the time you will feel like you’ve succeeded, but have you? Your life now consists of working at that job 5 days a week. Congratulations. Now what? Now you just continue doing this, eagerly awaiting the 2 shiny rays of hope that are Saturday and Sunday when you’ll actually get time to do what you want to do. Come Sunday night you feel a dark cloud begin to creep over your mind with the prospect of another work week ready to engulf you. You’ve gone to school with the light at the end of the tunnel being “graduation”. Now you get ushered into working life and your light at the end of the tunnel becomes “retirement”. Wait – WHAT?? This seems like you’re wishing your life away! You’re eager to fast forward through a huge portion of your life!
Shouldn’t you instead focus your life on following your passions, interests, and doing things that excite you? This sounds like a dream, but does it have to be?
About a year ago I’d just graduated from College and it was (or so I’d been led to believe) time to find a job that would pay well. However, I REALLY didn’t want to commit to this because at the back of my mind I knew that that would be it. I’d be locked in. I’d be done. Life acquired. This prospect filled me with fear. I didn’t want to spend my life doing something I wasn’t interested in and being unhappy. I’d seen my father do this and seen how miserable his work made him. In fact, he’d actually begun to mention here and there that I shouldn’t panic about money, but rather find what I enjoy and turn that into a job somehow – a golden nugget of advice! Something that changed the way I looked at my future. I decided I wanted a happy life, not just a wealthy life. I needed to find what I enjoy, what excites me, what makes me happy.
If you know what you love, if you know your passion then great! Jump on it! Engulf yourself in it! Learn all you can about it! If you love it enough, you will find a way to turn it into a job. Now your life will consist of 5 days a week (or more) engaged in your passion!
But what if you don’t have a passion? What if you can’t think of any strong interests that can capture your attention for hours on end?
Welcome to my situation.
The way I figured it, you only know what you’re passionate about because you’ve experienced it. If you don’t know what you’re passionate about it’s because you’re yet to experience it! The key therefore, is experience. I needed to gain more experience with more things. I needed to broaden my horizons. But where do I start? I decided to start by thinking of what I wanted to do, and this led to where I wanted to go. I was living in New Zealand, a small and scenic country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It’s beautiful, but with a small population of only 4.5 million people, I felt there wasn’t much there for me. My girlfriend and I had travelled around the USA for a month in 2014 and we absolutely loved it. So after hearing about a visa available to New Zealand citizens allowing us to work and travel the States for 12 months we just couldn’t pass it up. After all, what better experience is there than world experience?!
Out of all the places we’d been to on our previous trip, it was New York that had its hooks in us. Ever since going there I couldn’t wait to return. Now, with the prospect of actually living in New York as opposed to simply visiting, I was excited beyond belief! I’d get to experience the place on a whole new level! I’d actually get to BE a New Yorker!
Many people like to travel, take a gap year, and have their overseas experience. But to me these always seemed like some sort of an extended holiday before returning home and once again settling in to that expected “life framework”. This wasn’t enough for me. I had no responsibilities tying me down. I had no job waiting for me. I saw no reason to return home once our 12 months were up. So we made the decision, even before we left New Zealand, that once our 12 months were up in the USA we would acquire similar visas to go on to Canada and do the same thing there! Canada however had an added bonus – the visas were for 2 years instead of 1! As we went along we would assess our situation and see what other opportunities were available to us, see where else we could explore. We could not wait for our adventure to begin!
The purpose of this site is to share all the many things that I experience as I journey along and all the exciting things I get up to. I wish I’d started this at the very beginning, but unfortunately I didn’t. All I can do now is highlight the many fun times so far and start capturing the moments as they happen from here on out. The reason I want to do this is to inspire people to make the most of all opportunities available to them and really pursue their happiness. Don’t let expectations drag you through life, but instead venture through it yourself. Make of it what you want. Go where you want to go, do what makes you happy.
It’s a cliche but you really only live once so why not get the absolute most you can out of it and enjoy it as much as you possibly can?!
Most job opportunities require previous experience. The notion is that this work experience will improve the work you can perform. So if you get out there, do as much as you can, see as much as you can and increase your life experience, then you’re bound to improve the life that you live!