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Run free with your youth

I once had a professor that told our class a brief story during our lecture period that altered the way I now answer the question “What do you do for a living?” It went like this:

“I was at a social gathering one evening, and as I went and introduced myself to a crowd of people I had never met before, one gentlemen asked “What do you do?” Naturally I responded with “Well, I nap, I garden, I eat…” and with a confused expression on the mans face followed by an awkward laugh he replied “No for a living”. My professor then proceed to explain the moral of the story and why her story was important. Even though she knew that the gentlemen wanted to know what she did as a career, she figured that she is defined as much more than a teacher and what she does for work.


Wine Vineyards, Austria

We have all been asked that identical question when we meet someone new for the first time. If it is while we are traveling, or it is used as an ice breaker in a conversation, but however we choose to answer the overused phrase is how we define and view ourselves. Some people are afraid of the reaction they will get from others if it is an answer that they are not confident in sharing, some know it will branch out into another story that will guarantee no awkward pauses, and some just do not mind sharing what they do as a profession because their career is what they live and breathe. After my professor concluded telling her story, which left the class in smiles and giggles, it comforted us to know that our own professor realizes that we all aspiring teachers, but are more than just that, and we are more than just students. Her story made me begin contemplating what I will now say the next time someone asks me “What do you do?”It then led into another chain of thoughts which were ‘Why do I need a successful career at 21?’

I have and always will continue to say, even when I am 70, I feel bad for the people who are in a rush to grow up.   (“People are off having babies and I am like, what country am I going to next?”Why do I say this? Because why would you want to waste away some of the most crucial and self defining years of your life, that you will never get back, preparing for a job or sitting in an cubicle, with the same view you will be looking at for the next 40 years, when there are numerous other activities and adventures you can embark on that I can guarantee will prepare you more for the real world than shadowing a grumpy 60 year old man who does not even like his job. Inspire and work towards a goal that is realistic or even far beyond what you believe is in your reach, and know that it makes you happy every single day. Do not waste precious hours of your youth working on a career you have no interest in doing, but knowing at the end of the day you made a decent chunk of cash. Although there is nothing wrong with being ambitious, cautious, and driven with your goals, I personally do not see the satisfaction in settling down into a career in your early 20’s when you have the rest of your life to progress at the same job. Are the benefits that you have a steady paycheck and two weeks vacation throughout the year? I think the perks of being a student for the next two years sounds more rewarding than that (I still make great money while being a student, travel and get at least 4 months holiday). Although I cannot wait to graduate, the benefits I receive as a student for now work well with my current lifestyle.


The happiness found in being young. Austria

Over the last several months, I have had a significant number of people in my life start to stress over the future. They ask themselves “Do I attend post secondary education or not? Will I work multiple part time jobs I have no real interest in or enjoy, but I need the money, so I guess I can’t quit? Is the city I live in the real problem or is it me? Will I ever even get a real career?” The list of scenarios are endless and although they are real struggles, almost everyone in there mid-20’s are bound to come across them eventually. Countless individuals blame the current city they live in for their problems, but running away from them will not magically solve them either. Moving abroad or to the next city over may give you a fresh perspective on life and light a fire inside you to become more motivated, but it will not cure whatever you tried to run away from in the first place. Moving across the pond and away from your hometown will help you grow as a person and impact your future decisions significantly, however the same problem will catch up with you sooner or later. You can always run, but you cannot hide forever. Maybe I just have always had the mentality that whatever is meant to be and whatever I am meant to do, will fall into place when it is ready for me, or maybe because I know what I want as a profession and what I want out of my life comforts me. I have a guideline, a timeline and a goal; nothing about the future scares me as much as it does for others.

It is healthy to have that era in your life when you run wild and free, to be slightly spontaneous but with a plan laying ahead somewhere down the line waiting for you for when you ready to pursue it. You are not defined by what you do, but how you do it.



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This entry was posted on January 10, 2016 by in adventure, solo travel, Thoughts, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , .


A girl with restless feet who you will always find smiling, laughing or falling in love with something. A girl who is determined to see all parts of the world and always planning the next big adventure. Strong passion for writing and a mind always set in a dream world.

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I am a strong believer in karma, luck and timing but I also believe you are entirely responsible for how your life turns out. For the last 7 years I have been anxiously waiting to move abroad and start a whole new chapter in my life. A new home address, a new job, new relationships, a new city and new travels to look forward to. Now that graduation is quickly approaching I can’t wait for it all to unravel and become reality. I am entirely responsible for how I want my life to turn out and where I want it to go. So are you✨ #travelitaly #solofemaletravel #backpackerstory #roamtheplanet #femaletravel #procida #lovethisglobe #pinktrotters #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere #sheisnotlost
It’s all messy. The bed, the hair, the words, the clothes, the heart and this life. 🌴 #mexico #cancun #islamujeres
Explain to someone how much you love them that they love you three times as much afterwards. Express to someone why you are angry and explain it so well that they themselves are angry about whatever it is with you. Tell someone how much you miss them that they cry about it. Let people know how you feel when you feel it because I promise it will be worth it 💙 #bellletstalk #procida #italy #solofemaletravel #passionpassport #lovethisglobe #roamtheplanet #backpackerstory #girlslovetravel #ladiesgoneglobal #takemebackpacking #tinyatlasquarterly #wearetravelgirls
Do you ever find yourself telling someone a story that happened to you and once it’s over think “Wow, what is my life?” Because same. 🙈 In other news, can’t believe it’s been two years since I was sitting on this boat in the sunshine over in Vietnam🌿 #vietnam #travelvietnam #solofemaletravel #southeastasia #passionpassport #backpackerstory #mekongdelta #roamtheplanet #lovethisglobe #takemebackpacking #letsgoeverywhere
Your partner doesn’t define what you do!!! Over the last few months I have heard countless break up stories and they all seem to have two things in common: 1) One person is ready to settle down and the other isn’t. 2) They all end their break up story with “Now I can travel.” I have to ask, why can’t you travel when you are in a relationship? Why do you have to wait until something bad happens? Your partner doesn’t have to come with you when you travel, leave them at home and go by yourself or with your friends if that’s what you want. You can even travel WITH your partner when you are together. Experience what YOU want to experience when you want to experience it. I’ve traveled in relationships, out of relationships, on my own, taken trips just because I want and I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t go because it’s MY life and I do what I want, when I want. If your partner can’t accept that, then I think we have found the problem ✌🏻 #femaletravel #solofemaletravel #mexcio #cancun #roamtheplanet #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #backpackerstory #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere
“Home is everywhere and nowhere” - Home is more than just four walls and a place to rest your head to sleep. Home could also be your favourite spot on the beach that gets the best sunlight all day long. Home could be a place where you walk through the door of your local bar and the bartender already has your drink prepared. Home could also just simply be the idea that your favourite city of all time is a just a flight away and knowing it’s not going anywhere. Home will always be there when you’re ready for it ✨ #Paros #Greece #passionpassport #solofemaletravel #tinyatlasquarterly #sheisnotlost #roamtheplanet #pinktrotters

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