“Life Is What Happens When You’re Busy Making Plans.”
Location independent? What the hell is that?
The above quote pretty much sums things up doesn’t it.
We race around trying to do way to much and before you know it your 40.
And then what?
I went to college and got my Bachelor of Education degree. I thought I wanted to be a teacher.
I then owned a successful driving school franchise for a number of years.
I had a house. I got married. Just like we are “conditioned” to do.
It didn’t work out. Oh well. Live and learn.
Then I got back into teaching. For a year. It wasn’t for me.
Now I work in a Michelin tire facility. I do actually kind of enjoy it.
I have very little debt. I have saved a decent amount of money. I have a very good life by all conventional barometers.
But I cannot shake this feeling that there is something more for me out there somewhere.
There is a nagging little voice inside of me telling me that I am not doing what I should be doing.
I have this desire to wander. To explore. To see people and places.
And I am not going to ignore it any more.
A lot of us attempt to go on a vacation once per year to escape the Canadian winter for a week. Wow, a whole week! An overpriced trip to a resort where the locals are underpaid. Not what one would call a culturally immersive experience.
A couple of summers ago I went to Europe and backpacked around. That was much better. Just wandering with one little pack.
I want to climb the mountains of the world.
I want to break bread around dinner tables round the world.
I want to shop at markets around the world.
I want to dive for treasure.
I want to understand daily life in remote corners of the world.
I want to volunteer my services to help people around the world.
So this is my new plan. To realize this reality.
I want to travel slowly and stay in a particular location for weeks or months at a time.
I want to volunteer at an orphanage or work on an organic farm.
I want to live, not just barely exist.
I cannot wait another 20 years for “retirement” when I may not be able to do the things I want to do now.
I could be hit by a car tomorrow. There are no guarantees in life.
So why wait? Location independent. No fixed address.
Life is for living.
Right now I am not sure what form my travels will take. There is planning to be done. I just know that I have to go.
So the planning begins for a location independent lifestyle.
Your thoughts? Please share them in the comments.