What do you think will happen if travel became your only hope to have a better life? Do you have an idea what pushes people to the edge of accepting challenges life has thrown them and in order to keep sane, travel became their hope? I don’t know. What I know is that life is complex and you’ll need to be strong and most importantly have a dream as a goal and a priority to make it a reality.
These past few weeks has been crazy as hell. I’ve been confused and disoriented thinking about all sorts of things and mainly it all concerns traveling, my life and the drastic changes I need in order to change it. Last year was a hell of a year for me and I’ve made a promise to myself that this year would be different and as well a year of healing. However, this year didn’t welcome me any better than the last and a series of shitstorm paved my way but I remained strong and kept on telling myself that everything will be alright. I know I don’t have so much to offer to the world for it to give me something amazing in return, but I promised that I will work hard to deserve a good future. No one deserves to live in a puddle of disappointments! Everyone deserves a good life but of course, you need to work hard for it.
Life may come easy to others but for some of us, it is never easy. It actually used to be easy for me, I came to Finland with ease, finished school and got jobs so easily. I also managed to save up so much money that I could have travelled the world with no worries but I lived risk-free. I never challenged myself and I was scared half of the time. I lived in a hole and when life decided to poke me with a stick, I wailed. I thought I was going to go crazy after the series of trials I had to face last year, that includes losing every cent of my life savings and the worse, I lost someone I love. I’ve tried really hard, to be honest, to stand on up on my feet and save money again but challenges never left my side and it sure was like a freaking slug on my skin. It won’t go away unless it has sucked all the life from me. It was tough times. It was the dark times.
However, I saw the light creaking and hope appeared in front of me holding a mirror. Guess what? I looked horrible. Hope has always been there but I was blinded by all of this negativity and the memory of the dark times. I was filled with sadness and longing and hatred. If it is possible to stab yourself repeatedly in purpose without thinking about it, that was exactly how I felt when I saw myself… I was so bloody creeped out and I was like, “Girl, you have to freaking get yourself together. You literally look like shit!”. This lead me to question myself, why do we suck at living life sometimes? I guess that’s what make us humans after all. All these challenges in life only make us stronger and better. We just need to keep on reminding ourselves not to be drawn to the dark side. It was not pretty there I can tell you, it was pitch black and everything looked ugly. I did not like it at all.
That made me think a lot, to be honest. Now that I am sort of back on my feet, I had a lot of time to think about the steps I should take to completely get over my excessive sulking and that includes investing on my life’s profit. Now, a lot of you probably watched that life changing video, no? Well there’s this dude named Dustin Garis and he has travelled the world and he spoke about his search for the answer to this old age question “Where has the time gone?”. It was so funny because he then proceed and ask people how many days in the past month do you remember? He said that if you only remember a handful, that is okay because most people only remember three significant days in a whole month. It is funny, right? Because at that moment I asked myself as well, what did I do last week? Well I know I went to work then I came home and repeat. I am an ordinary person with a daily routine. It is no problem, of course, it is not a bad thing because I get to work, live and save up. Now, ten years from this day and as I continue the same routine, what would I remember then? It is sad to think I would only remember a handful of memories ten years from now if I continue this routine that I have. Dustin even mentioned how he saw many broke down in tears when he asked them about it. I know I would.
I now came to the point in my life where I need change more than ever. I need to break the routine slowly till I have a fresh start. I do not want to be ten years older with no recollection of fond memories, I don’t want to be empty. I’d rather have thousands of tales to tell than a life that could only afford 4-weeks of paid holiday in a year to make memories of. Of course, I don’t mind when other’s prefer the latter, everyone have different ways to deal with things. However, with that said, we are such a unique species residing here on earth with even more unique personalities. I salute every each of us for surviving this tough world. For me, travel became my only hope.
So, I came to a conclusion that this year would still be my year. I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot for the past years but it is only this time when I actually will try to make it happen. Earlier, I’ve been contemplating on traveling around Europe this summer or save up till the rest of the year and have a BIGGER travel goal. I chose the latter and ended up with a plan that I’ll be saving up for 8 months, have little side trips here and there to keep me sane, concentrate on growing this blog, and learn some new tool of trades. I am hoping that by December or by January I am already out of Finland enjoying a new culture and new life down under. Yes, I’m planning on applying for Work Holiday Visa to Australia! I am so psyched! I really can’t wait till I make this happen. I already made a draft of the plan I’ll have to follow in order to make this dream a reality. This time, I’ll really work hard to have the life I have been dreaming of. A life full of travels, beautiful beaches, and learning. And that, my friends, is how I’m planning on investing on my life’s profit. Why Australia though? It is far away. It is good to be far away sometimes. Also, I read that they have awesome restaurant culture down there and I’ve decided that I’ll try hard to get my passion in cooking back. I want to be a good chef one day and in order for that to happen, I need to be surrounded by like-minded people who cares and respects food.
I guess travel really is the cure for people who seeks peace in themselves. The hippies are right after all: Travel, smoke weed and listen to good music. This is a revolutionary millennium for us lost souls. I did not saw this coming either, the part when travel became my only hope.
- Save up for 8 months
- Apply for Work Holiday Visa to Australia
- Book ticket to city with cheapest flight, because YOLO, right? (I have Melbourne in mind though)
- Find Chef’s job. Work. Save.
- Travel around the country!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
- Do you think my plan will work?
- Do you have any suggestions to make it work?
- Are you in the same boat as I am?
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