Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had the courage to truly follow your heart and explore your deepest desires? How many time have you found yourself sitting at work with the thought of picking up your belongings and walking out those doors, never to return to that well-worn office chair? I remember sitting in a meeting once, staring blankly at the serial time-waster who was speaking in acronym packed riddles, wondering what it was that I was actually doing there. Aside from the fact that I wanted to yell in his face and tell him to shut up, that experience, and others life it, have left me with a yearning for something more burning inside of me.
I grew up being told that I could be anything I wanted. I was told that hard work would give me a good life, one that would make me happy. I worked hard. I graduated high school with marks that allowed me to go to university. I graduated university with marks that would allow me to secure a decent job. I found that respectable, well-paying job. Here I sit, in my well-worn office chair wondering if all that hard work has paid off…
Am I the type of person who can spend the rest of my life in the sitting position for five days a week? Do I have it in me to sit here and count down the days until my allocated few weeks off every year? Will my life become nothing more than shifting between first and second gears for the rest of my days?
More often than not, I find myself staring out of the bus window or at the open document on my computer screen, thinking of what I’d rather be doing. Recently, I made a conscious decision to not settle for mediocrity in my life. Spending my hard-earned cash on beer to drown away the reality of working long hours in order to make someone else rich is no longer good enough. Buying new clothes in an attempt to fit in with the crowd in the office is no longer a priority. Spending time with people who don’t contribute to me growing as a person is something I have realised is a waste of my precious energy and time.
I have never been one that is big on making new years resolutions, however this year I decided to give it a go. My intention for 2015 can be broken down into one sentence.
To grow as a person through travel and slowing life down.
After what has felt like endless reflection, I have realised that these two elements are things that I used to have in my life but, for one reason or another, have not been front and centre of my thinking for a long period of time. A big part of this is the fact that I was trying to keep up with what everyone else was doing. Buying a house, eating at expensive restaurants, staying in expensive hotels and drinking at swanky bars was what I thought would bring me happiness. I was wrong.
Admitting to myself that I had got it wrong and that there was no one else to blame but me, was a big moment. I have never really failed at anything in life before. I learned that through failure comes growth and lessons that I will use time and again for the rest of my life. While being wrong is fine, what’s not OK is repeating your mistakes or doing nothing to change your situation. It only feels like yesterday that I was in my early 20’s and here I am now, with a few greys showing through in my beard, wondering where all that time went.
As the party season draws to an end and the reality of 2015 begins to sink in, I hope you have set some positive intentions for the year ahead. Whether these intentions are to travel, to buy a house or to simply spend more meaningful time with loved ones, I hope you find that balance and I hope it brings happiness and meaning to your life.
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This post really reminds me of where I have been and makes me feel grateful I took the steps to get out of the “rat race of life”. I can stiill remember slowly shuffling in to my desk at the lab on Monday mornings thinking there has to be more to life than this. Everyday was a struggle and I hated sitting down at my computer doing meaningless work. This time last year I knew was ready to take the plunge into self employement. I cannot tell you how happy I am today. I make less money, work less hours, but truly enjoy my simple life. Sometimes you have to follow your heart and do what will truly make you happy. At one time in my life I was wrapped up in materialistic things, always wanting something. Now I no longer want and am truly content. Happy 2015, may it bring you all the happiness.
Hearing that others experience the same feelings is comforting. While I am not sure if I am in a position to be self-employed quite yet, that is my longer term goal. Hopefully this time next year I will be writing about my plunge into the great unknown of life after an office job…
I should probably add my leaving was a product of 3 years of planning and longing to do so. I can relate to the waiting game. With enough time and thoughtful planning you can do it.
It is a big lifestyle move so something that will take some time to achieve. I think now is a good time to prepare considering I don’t yet have children!
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Love todays blog. Just remember that not one minute of our life is a failure. It is a continuing journey, where each experience good, bad and everything in between is crucial in learning more about ourselves.
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Glad you enjoyed the read. This is true. Without the difficult times or the ‘failures’ the good times aren’t as enjoyable.
I identify so strongly with this post. This is the year I’m taking off to travel indefinitely. I’m so ready.
Wow 2015 is shaping up as a great year for you!! I have traveled indefinately twice now over the years and i can honestly say that they were the best and most fruitful years of my life so far. Enjoy everything that the year has to offer and safe travels!
I love this post! I was also told that if I worked hard, I would get everything I wanted and be happy. But it wasn’t until I traveled to Thailand in December did I truly discover who I truly was and what actually made me happy in life. My intention now is to travel more and inspire others to travel and discover what it is that makes them happy. It’s never too late to live the life you want! ❤ Thanks for sharing your story!
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Hi Alicia. It is nice to hear from people who share a similar story. I think discovering what makes us happy is a continual process as we are forever changing and evolving. I too share your dream to tavel more and use this to enrich my life and inspire others to chase their dreams.
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