A decision has been made and as usual when it comes to me and my decisions it all happen really fast. This will be the third time in my life where I’m leaving my current life with all it’s belongings behind to move on to a different place.
It is time for me to take the turn needed to move forward to my goals.
It is really painful to do something like this, specially when you’ve met people you will keep close to your heart for the rest of your life. But I have learned a lot by this experience.
First of all, people close to you, or ones who once were close to you, they tend to stay there. If you build a strong friendship bond it will last no matter the distance. And even 5 years later with little to no contact, you can pick up that bond again. If that is what you want to do of course.
Secondly, material stuff means next to nothing to me anymore. Yes, its nice with a comfy bed and a good gaming computer. Pretty wall art and good storage solutions. But in the end, it wont matter anyway.
Imagine all your belongings, everything from kitchen utensils to your TV, clothes and your car. Could you leave it all behind and just pack one bag with the necessary stuff you need to survive in a normal daily life? I know it sounds scary, but it is a very freeing feeling. And I know not everyone has the opportunity to live that way. Responsibility towards other people, kids and other situations might be in your way.
But we all choose the way we want to live and the most important thing for me in my life, the thing i value the highest, is my freedom.
Thirdly, when it comes to freedom you need a pretty secure safety net. Because freedom isn’t about being free from all the material things and be able to travel and live in different places. Altho that is a pretty awesome feeling, it is only a part of what makes freedom.
Imagine yourself arriving in a different country, you might have been there before to visit, but this time you are there to find a place to live and work for a while.
Do you know anyone in that country? No.
Do you already have a job lined up? No.
Do you have plane tickets to go back where you came from? No.
That is a quite common situation I would have thought if you travel by yourself.
And that’s all good, it can be sorted. Do research, find a hostel, ask around for jobs, make sure you have a healthy budget.
But here is my point, imagine if you have nowhere to go back to. If you have no one to reach out to for help if shit doesn’t go your way. You were all alone.
Would you still feel the freedom? Or would you panic and worry about your future?
I know what I would do and that’s why a secure safety net is very important.
I have a handful of people spread across Europe that I know 100% would be there for me. And it is thanks to these people I can live the way I do, I will never be able to thank them enough.
Next destination: Sweden