2014 is bringing a whole new set of priorities for me. It’s been a year since I’ve come home and the travel bug has never left.
I keep making plans to leave and to travel the world but there are things beyond my control keeping me here. Since graduating university, I have been on the hunt for a new adventure. I have turned to new business ventures hobbies and have been practicing a lot of yoga to pass the time. But I keep finding that I am ignoring my passion .. to travel. If only one could be paid to travel I would have my dream job.
It’s hard coming back to the western world, with everything being so consumer oriented and everyone focused on money and building their American dream. It’s tough – because there’s a part of me that knows one day I’ll be settled in this world, so I need to build my own capital in order to be financially stable. The other half of me feels trapped. Like I can’t have it all – the world of adventure and travel, but the financial and mental stability of somewhere to call home.
As hard as it is, I need to remind myself to follow my dreams. My happiness, my passion. Even if it means relinquishing a little bit of my stability.
I am lucky enough to have a partner, that shares the same passion for adventure as I do. This year, 2014, I’m going to align my priorities, and do the best I can to follow my heart. It sounds funny, but spending winters in the freezing cold, Toronto, brings me to the very unhappy place. Some think it’s funny that just the cold outside has so much effect on my day to day life. The truth is the call just makes you feel uncomfortable. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable. Before I get settled with that full-time career or buy a house, why not shift my comfort level and move someplace where I’ll never have to experience the cold winters again.
I urge you all to do the same as me. Whether it’s the cold winters that make you uncomfortable, or your job, or whichever unhappy place you find in your heart, make a change this year. It’s hard not to make excuses, but the time is now. Take a leap of faith, and like Nike says just do it.