HOW DID ALL THIS BEGIN?
My initial plan was to teach for a year then return to my computer business I had started and was doing well at. In April 2009, I packed my bags and was on my way to South Korea to teach in small town called Pyeongteak.
I had no idea what to expect. I was afraid, I was nervous but I was sure it was what I wanted.
When I told my mother she said,
Korea, what are you crazy?
My profesor’s words were,
You gonna stand oooout!
A lot of my friends were more to the point,
Don’t do it dude, get a job and start making some money. You are just running away from the real life but you gonna have to face it one day.
And you know what, they were right, well, to some extent at the time. But as I sit here and write this years later, I like to think I was right by making my choice, my decision and taking control of my life.
But to make sure they weren’t right, after teaching in Pyeongtaek for a year I went back home. I stayed in Atlanta for 6 months but something was calling me into the world again. So, I took off. I took off to New York and there I met a family that lived in Aulnay Sous Bois, Paris, France and before my stay in New York City was over, they had invited me to France. I went and later found myself in Portugal, Spain, Germany trading stocks (another hobby of mine that has become very liberating) to fund my journey; I had explored the countries I wanted to see so I decided to return to U.S after 9 plus months in Europe.
After another 6 months of being home the travel bugs were knocking and as before, I answered. Now I was sure what I wanted and what I didn’t want. One thing for sure, I didn’t want the norm.
Parents, society, family and even friends reinforce the social conformity: go to school, get a job, get married, have kids; maybe not in that order but all the same. And after that, you are told to start saving for a retirement that may never come.
Life is too short for that. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds good if your dream is to grind it out and you are passionate about your job. But if that’s not you, you have the right to be, choose and live however you want. That’s exactly what I did and I enjoy every moment of it.
The more I travel the more I want to keep traveling. I know I am suppose to do this because it is what my heart longs for. I want to own a hostel someday but that can wait for now. But like I said, I am not rich but you don’t have to be yet I am able to hike mount Jirisan, have a cafe at the Seoul Tower, eat a crepe under the Eifel Tower and enjoy a glass of Paulana beer in Gottingen Germany; I can go on but I think I have made my point.
The point is, you can do it too. You can do all these things and more. You can live your life the way you have always wanted starting right now. Stop waiting for the retirement that may never come. Take control of your life, join me and enjoy this short life we have.
Time is life and ife waits for no man.