As I sit here thinking about tomorrow. Monday, the start of another work week, I ask myself, am I truly living the life I want to live? Am I willing to submit myself to hours upon hours of slavery to the corporate world? Not that I am complaining.
My job pays really well but I have to be in the office for five and a half days. Let us just say that my current work is hardly my dream job. What I want to do is to travel; write about different places; the people who live there; the food they eat; and their customs and cultures. I do not want to be tied down to my desk, finishing tons of paperwork or going from one branch to another making sure that operations are as smooth as they can possibly be.
I can feel the life getting sucked out of me, my energy being drained and my spirit being beaten down. Basically the only thing that keeps me going right now is the thought that every few months or so, I will get to travel again. I will be revitalized and renewed! The floodgates to joy, awe and discovery will be wide open again!
Living my dreams
I want to live my dreams but I am also sadly being dissuaded by practicalities. I need a regular paycheque because I have bills to pay and other things to spend money on. However, I am aware that there are also other ways to earn money. Thanks to technology and the Internet, there are now hundreds of location-independent jobs which can allow one to earn money and live a life of travels at the same time.
However, I am not ready to give up my current job yet. As busy and stressful as it may seem, it has afforded me the chance to travel to some amazing places and it will continue to fund my travel dreams until such time when I am ready to let go of it and perhaps dive into the waters of the freelance world.
Creating my dream job
I may sound pessimistic but many of people’s dream jobs do not exist. You have to be brave enough to throw caution to the wind and create it! While my dream job would involve being paid to travel and eat; take wonderful photographs and write reviews; my current work in operations will have to suffice.
So, am I truly living the life I want? No, not yet. Until then, when I am truly brave enough to let go of things, I will just have to be a weekend warrior. Being able to travel part time is not that bad. At least, there is something to look forward to when I badly need a break from all the demands of work and deadlines.
Credits to Laura Manske for the photo.