My dream is to travel the world.
But I didn’t always have the courage to do it.
Like so many young college students, I found myself lost after graduation. On one hand, I really wanted to travel the world, but on the other, I felt the right thing to do was to get a decent job, save money, and settle down, you know, all the things that society tells us are “normal.”
Except, I had a really hard time being normal. I tried pursuing what I studied, I tried working in various jobs, I tried so many different things that I started to lose myself. I would come home every day feeling drained and no matter what, my mind was always on traveling.
Then one day, I just stopped, and booked myself a one-way ticket to Asia, and set myself free.
This trip gave me the strength and confidence that I never knew I had.
During this trip, I learned a very valuable lesson: ALL of the fears I had about pursuing my dreams were made up by me. When I came home, I decided I’ll no longer let fear rule my life.
In the following years, I made a series of life-changing decisions.
I became vegan, I took a job that I enjoyed much more, I traveled whenever I could, and now I’m working to build a location independent lifestyle as a freelance writer.
But all of that didn’t come without a price. I struggled to embrace my new identity and my family didn’t understand it.
The most devastating change, however, was that my eight-year relationship with my partner ended. To say that it was heartbreaking would be an understatement.
In 2016, I also moved across the country all by myself and it was one of the most loving things I’ve ever done for myself. The time alone allowed me to clearly define who I was, what’s important to me, and ultimately gave me the courage to pursue the life that I have today.
I don’t know who you are or where you are on your journey, but if you’re here, there’s probably a reason. You’re probably dreaming of a life different from the one you have and I am here to tell you, you can make it happen and I’m out to prove it.
Your life is yours, your dreams are yours, and you do not need anyone’s permission to go after what you want.