Before I start, it’s safe to say that this is the first thing I’ve written for some time. Having really neglected my degree and all the important things I learnt from it, I never really gave myself a chance to develop or even think about my writing, let alone construct this website.
Writing is my biggest passion and it’s an inspiring feeling to sit here and rediscover that all over again. So I urge you, follow your passions, never divert from them, if you do ensure you find your way back! The path you choose to walk along is your choice but where it leads is only shaped by the choices you make and all the adventures you have along the way.
February 23rd 2016.
I was living in London, working for one of the biggest companies on the planet with a career that looked to be heading in a positive direction. I had my favourite football team, Chelsea FC, 20 Minutes from my doorstep. A whole host of bars, coffee shops and historical sites, all accessible by simply hopping on the famous London Underground. My life, on paper, looked fantastic, especially having worked obsessively for 6 years to make it happen.
Now, one year on however, I am writing this post in a place commonly known as ‘ the other side of the world’…
So I hear you ask, what changed?
Taking a step back to reassess your life can either be an extremely easy or difficult thing to do. On one hand having an everyday routine and building a life upon the usual things; work, gym, mortgage, socialising and then repeating, can make you very content. For others it becomes more habit than lifestyle. One that can be difficult to break from.
This was me, but I was too delusional to see it. It took the recent travels of a close friend to awaken my inner self and explore the possibilities of leaving to start on an adventure of my own.
All within 6 weeks of this epiphany, I rocked into work, handed in my resignation, applied for visas, booked tickets and away I went. I am usually a man of order and routine, so this overwhelming and emotive feeling of spontaneity, to me, was completely foreign and truly terrifying.
I remember being on the plane with 24 and half hours of flying ahead of me thinking, what the hell have I just done?!
Having only been to a handful of countries across Europe prior to this adventure (many of those trips distorted by a few causal pints), I never really felt the sense of freedom from the everyday worries of work and money that being away can bring. There was always this sense of knowing that I would return home to continue the same monotonous routine.
Arriving in Australia, I felt completely free.
No work, no bills (apart from the bar bill) and absolutely no cares in the world apart from choosing the next destination to visit, was truly the most empowering feeling I have ever felt. 8 months on having seen a lot of Australia, from as far south as Hobart, Tasmania to Cairns in North Queensland. I can truly say it was and remains the greatest decision I’ve made to date.
Travelling and being away is a lot easier for some than for others. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs to say the least since being away, but that is part of the experience. This day a year ago, for me, it was a decision that I never would’ve dreamt of.
Trying to advance in a career is rewarding and requires a lot of effort, one that I was gunning for. A lot of people end up doing something that wasn’t part of the plan or a short term necessity for the long term goal, but evolved into much much more. Again, this was me. The only reason why I’m where I am now is because I let go and just thought fuck it, why not, what could possibly go wrong?
Looking back on my instagram feed (clever plug), I’m now able to constantly remind myself of the memories and experiences I have had so far, instantly extinguishing all fears I had when leaving my career and life in London behind.
I’ve bathed on some of the most beautiful beaches, swam and dived in some of the clearest waters, looked upon the amazing night skies of rural Australia but more importantly, discovered myself in a way in which I never could have being back home.
So for those of you reading who may have that feeling of wanting to see the world and to do more than just that everyday grind, don’t be afraid. Just do it! Life is far too short to dream when we all have the power to take control and create a reality that truly excites and leads only to more experiences.
Start your adventure now!
Mine has just begun…