12 September 2019
Dear readers and fellow-travelers,
Finally, I am taking the leap. I have been thinking about this for a long time. From the time I came back to Sydney at the beginning of this year, I wanted to quit my job and travel the world. I kept reminding myself everyday, that I was losing my days, my months and my years in a routine of 9 to 5 job. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job as well. I loved what I was doing at my work – I worked in a government sector and I made a difference in the community. But…
But there was always something missing. I am scared taking this step. I do not get things easy as well. I do have responsibilities. I have mortgages and bills to pay. I do have commitments. In spite of it, I am taking this leap in my life. For past many years, in fact from the time I got out of college, I have never been out of work, I have never gone by a month where I have not received my pay cheque (okay, bank transfer). This would be totally new experience and I want to do it.
After I lost some valuable people in my life in 2017 and 2018, I realised life is too short for regrets and wasting time. The time is now and it has to happen quick. Who knows what’s in store for everyone.
It’s okay to not do it the first time!
Yes, the title of this section is true. It’s okay to not take any step the first time. I have planned for a sabbatical/career break many a times. In 2018, my friend Akshata and I had decided to take 6 months break from work and travel the world. We had planned all the places we wanted to visit and also had thought about all the odd jobs we would do during these travels. I had written a blog about this break as well.
But.. this did not happen. There were many factors because of which this did not happen. The common factor was the fear and money. Fear of losing the place in the career race. Fear of taking the risk.
This time I decided to take this step. I wanted to experience the nomadic life – I mean the true nomadic life and not with a full time job. I know like everything else, there would be ups and downs, there would be happy and dull moments. I am ready and I am fine with this risk. So wish me luck and safe travels 🙂 .
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