"Life is not meant to be lived in one place"
This is a quote that has really hit home with me since the pandemic hit. I’ve always known I was not one to be content staying in one place for my whole life. But being forced to stay in one place for over a year now has really got me thinking just how true this statement is.
I was never one to fear new experiences, or the unknown of trying something new for the first time. To me that’s what life is all about. You only get one life. Which has definitely been overstated, but is regularly underestimated. I have always had a fear of living a boring mundane life. Living in the same town that I was born in, hanging out with the same people I went to highschool with, working the same job that I've had ever since graduating college. To me that's not living. And I don’t believe it is how we are meant to live this life we have been given. I call this “small-town” mentality. And coming from a small town myself, I can confirm that this is the way that a lot of people think.
The world is so vast, with so many new and exciting places to see, and interesting people to meet. Why would you willingly choose to live the same day over and over again if you had a choice? And I know there are certain constraints such as money, having a motgage etc. etc. These things can certaintly limit your ability to just up and leave where you are. I get it. But what I don’t get is when people just accept this as the way things are, and don’t make any effort to actually go out there and live the life they dream of.
Yes it's scary. Yes it will be challenging. But nothing good ever came easy.
And wouldn’t you rather at least have tried and failed, than to have not tried at all?
The time period that we are living in is actually the best time to do this. Having the internet at our fingertips has given us the ability to do certain jobs from just about anywhere in the world.
You don’t have to leap in head first right away. Start small. Go on a roadtrip somewhere new for the weekend. Or take that week long paid vacation that your work offers you and go somewhere new that excites you. And I'm not talking about going on a beach vacation where you sit at an all inclusive for a week and stuff your face at the buffet. If that’s what you want, well then this article is simply not for you.
This is for the dreamers. The ones who stare out the window while at work, daydreaming of the life they long to live. Well I'm here to tell you it is possible. Not so long ago I was just like you. I was working at a job that I had been at since graduating university, a job that no longer got me excited to get up in the morning. To be fair, it once was a job I enjoyed, but it just didn’t excite me anymore. And that’s okay. When something no longer excites you, move on. It's normal to get comfortable in a job that your'e good at and that gives you a steady paycheck every month. But if it no longer makes you happy then it is time to move on. Quit asking for permission and just rip the bandaid off. Thats what I finally did, I quit my job, and it was the best decision I've ever made.
And thankfully my story is not a cautionary tale, not yet anyways. I kid you not, ever since I made that decision my life has started to fall into place. My photography business started taking off, I was getting more business than ever. And I was offered a part time job doing photography work! Which was something I had only dreamed of prior to this.
So just go for it. Whatever you’ve been wanting to do, just go do it. You'll be glad you did. Trust me.