Am I Truly Living the Life I Want?

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.

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      1. Yeah, everyday, I’m thinking about my old trips and my next ones, and how much I would like to be on the road again. I like reading travel blogs, it eases my misery 😉 For some people it’s easier than for other, especially for the ones who have family that can take car of their belongings. For me, if i decide to leave everything, i have to leave everything, I wouldn’t be able to stock some stuff at my parents So, the step is a bit bigger for me 🙂


  1. I have a full time desk job too and I love it (ok, not always!). I couldn’t imagine traveling non stop though. It would lose its magic. Luckily I got my 26 days off each year not counting about 8 extra days (national holidays). That gives me plenty of time to travel. 🙂


    1. Hi there! It is so good to find and meet people with the same interests. I have read so many travel articles and I take a lesson or two from each of them that I don’t think there is a single blog or article which inspired me the most. It is more of a collection of articles and blogs which inspired me.


  2. I struggle with the exact same thing. I have often asked myself whether it’s better to have a day job you don’t particularly like but that pays the bills and hopefully lets you afford to travel and experience the things you do care about or if it’s better to do something you care about even if you barely make enough to survive. Unfortunately, I still don’t have the answer. I also dream of creating a job for myself that I can do independent of location. I want to be bold and take the plunge, but I also have a family to think about and responsibilities that I take seriously. So there is always tension. Maybe it will be a gradual process for both of us towards living the life we dream about. 🙂


    1. Lily, I feel you. I need a job that pays the bills but I also want something that also makes my soul happy but there are lots of things to consider. Do let me know if that day finally comes for you. I will certainly let you know if that happens to me. I would love to see your whole journey.


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