“Leaving my career to go travelling was the SCARIEST yet the BEST thing I have ever done. ” – Rae
My sister has always called me the “Golden Child.” I always wanted to make my parents proud, so I received good grades at school, attended college and went to university. When I left university I went straight into my career within the Criminal Justice System. This was the biggest eye opener as I worked with all kind of cases, many which you will read on the news. Yet I was dealing with these people face to face and I knew I was too young to witness such cases. This is when I knew there was more to life.
Don’t get me wrong I have had the greatest opportunities and I am so grateful I was able to obtain such a high education and be in such an interesting career, but I always thought is this it? In today’s society we are institutionalised and therefore if you do not follow the norm you are seen as an outsider. For example a “normal” person should be a home owner, married and have children by the time your 35 but why? With London house prices I highly doubt this will be the case for some, but so what, do what makes you happy.
When I told people I am giving up my career to go travelling, I did receive a lot of negativity including “Why would you do that? You could put that money towards a mortgage.” Well Simon (I don’t actually know a Simon but hey it works) I don’t want the responsibility of a mortgage, I would rather go cage diving with sharks! A good friend once told me I should do what I want to do and let go of all them negative comments which in the end will drag you down.
So why travel?
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
There are loads of opportunities I could take including buying my own home, having children etc however that’s not me- for now. Travelling is so unique, this is the best and greatest opportunity to meet new people, explore new countries and try new foods (This excites me a lot as I am a foodie). For people who know me I get bored so easily whether this is in relationships, employment, exercising etc and travelling is not boring, you don’t know what is round the corner, where you will end up, who you will meet and that is thrilling! The fact that everything is the unknown is great, I am so used to being in a safety net – making sure I have employment and housing etc but going to a new country not having anything where I am used to having everything will be a new adventure for me.
When discussing travelling with my dad, he asked the burning question “Are you travelling to run away?” This threw me and I really had to think whether I am running away from England, family, friends but no I am not running away, I want to find myself. I know there is more to life than sitting behind a computer, moaning all the time about my life. I want to live in a different country and I want to experience not being a “local” but as a foreigner/ traveller. I want to come out of my comfort zone, become more independent, be open minded about life itself.
As awful as this sounds we do not know when our last day will be and I want to be enriched with different cultures. Material things come and go yet you can not buy experiences and memories.
I will be travelling to Australia on the 22nd August 2016 and this is the start of a new chapter in my life and I am super excited.
Life is full of decisions, do what YOU want to do, not what society wants YOU to do.
Here’s to new beginnings