In 2016, it seems to be both a cliché and an inspiration to so many to watch others build up the courage to acknowledge their perfect life isn’t what they dreamed of, pack everything in, and travel abroad in search of a life more fulfilling.

It seems that this is the first generation that is really starting to question the whole: “school, uni, work, kids, retire, die” life path that most of us have been conditioned to accept and work towards throughout our lifetimes.

And whilst that’s probably the way most of us would want our lives to turn out, it’s the way we experience those stages of our lives, on our own terms and to our fullest potential, that is a paradigm more of us seem to be challenging.

So when I quit my corporate career in 2015 to throw myself in the deep end and test out what I’m really made of and where I can catapult my life, I knew I was doing something pretty brave, but I also knew I wasn’t alone. 

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1.    Your first priority in life shouldn’t be making money

Money certainly makes you no happier the more you make.

I’m evidence of that.

But it certainly does provide a level of comfort that makes life a lot easier along the way.

Life definitely isn’t that great when you cant afford to get the bus home or eat a decent set of meals every day. But on the other hand, waking up with a Ferrari in the garage or a brand new set of golf clubs in the trunk definitely doesn’t keep you smiling very long either.

It’s about finding your balance. What makes you happy more than anything?

Find a way to make a comfortable living doing that 9 hours a day and you’ll be the happiest you that you can be.

2.    When you remove yourself from your routine, you start to live again

I got so caught in a trap of finding satisfaction out of perfecting my daily routine at home that I actually stopped giving myself the space and time to meet new people, learn new skills, and understand new perspectives.

I was hooked in being the best at what I knew that I forgot to value what I didn’t.

I’ve met more people, listened to more stories, fought more internal battles, accepted more hardships, and felt more alive since leaving that routine than I ever did living the life I thought I was built for.

3.    You’re not alone

One of my biggest fears I had before I quit it all to travel by myself was simply not knowing whether I could handle being away from the safety net I had at home.

My parents and friends are the foundation of everything that makes me great and I had no idea whether I could sustain that confidence and drive without having them around. 

But when I finally hit the road, the first thing I realized was that my family were there for me more than ever, and those friends who really valued me stepped up in ways I never expected before.

So that foundation is as strong as ever.

And when you’re on the road, you realize that, although you can be proud of your story, you’re certainly not the only one on the same path as you.

In fact, the amount of travellers with a story and outlook similar to mine nearly hits a 1:1 ratio with everyone else I meet simply on a 3-week vacation.

This generation is full of people who wont lay down and accept ‘the American dream’ as their destiny, and it’s refreshing to be buoyed by so many likeminded people along the way.

4.    You learn how to say goodbye

When you move around so often, you get the chance to come across so many special places and people.

I’ve met more people since leaving Perth than I had met in the 2 years before.

And it can become really hard to say goodbye. To let go.

So quickly you can fall in love with a city or a be totally wrapped around a person that you can’t imagine being any happier anywhere else.

And maybe that’s true.

But until the day you can stop and know that you’ve truly found your calling, you come to accept that goodbyes are a necessary part of the journey.

At least for now.

5.    You learn to appreciate when you’ve really struck gold for a moment

Life is all about context.

Everyone has their context, their base levels of satisfaction and desires.

Sometimes the smallest things can amaze someone whereas that same thing has no affect on another.

Just like photography, some people are fascinated by people, whilst others chase the breathtaking landscapes.

But whatever that is, I’ve learned to appreciate those moments, those minutes and seconds in a way that balances against the day-to-day ups and down of the lifestyle I currently live and the lifestyle I used to live.

My life isn’t one big highlight reel of daily amazing times. There are slow days, lonely hours, and times where I question why the hell I am where I am or where I’m even going next.

But it’s definitely got a lot more ups than it used to have.

No longer am I on the hamster wheel. This life is a rollercoaster with many more bumps to come.

With every up I learn to appreciate the high and let gravity make me fly for a second, and with every down I become better at trusting the ride and my ability to run with it.

6.    You learn to just cop it

And whilst this lifestyle has come with it’s amazing benefits, it’s also come with a big dose of inefficiency.

No longer is 5km just a 5-minute drive away. No longer do I know where the best deals are, what the best price is, where the best hangouts are, or what the best route is.

I’ve even had my phone stolen right out of my pocket on a packed train.

At home, these things would drive me right up the wall. They’d ruin my day knowing that I am wasting my time or money, or that I’ve just been ripped off.

And whilst it still gets to me from time to time, I’ve learned that whilst I can always expect the best from life, when it doesn’t turn out that way, things could always be much worse, and the only person who can make that grind disappear is me.

7.    You learn that your life is simply a function of how much you invest in it

If you spend your days in an office with people you don’t like, going to the gym at the same time on the same days, seeing the same friends, and sleeping when it’s all over, what can you expect?

Enough money to survive, a healthy enough body, and good relationships with your besties.

If you spend your days in your room playing video games, watching sport, and re-runs of that TV show from 2005, what can you expect?

A proficiency to play video games, a level of satisfaction from watching your team play, and a working knowledge of a rather redundant fictional story.

Do you see what I’m getting at?

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Your future and the quality of your life and state of mind are a direct result of the decisions your make with your time on a daily basis.

If you want more from life, do more with your life.

If you want to see more, feel more, meet more, laugh more, cry more, or have more, then simply do more!

Trade in aspects of your current life, put them on the shelf, and start testing just how far your can take your life with the tools at your disposal. 

Fate doesn’t exist.

Destiny doesn’t exist.

Life is just a series of opportunities and coincidences. You get them every day.

And the day you choose to run with a few of them will be the day you start to realize just how fulfilling your life can be.

  • How would you describe your life?
  • Could you be doing more to get the most out of your day and week?