July 23, 2012 / Post a Comment

"Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university. You aren't legally required to have a degree, it's a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they're true friends they'll forgive you, and you'll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others' expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don't want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it's what your heart desires most, but please don't envy me and tell me you can't travel. You're not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, "I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I'm putting them first", not, "I'm dying to travel, but I can't", because I have yet to have someone say they can't, who truly can't. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart's truest desires, but know that you can travel, you're only making excuses for why you can't. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this."

words: Susanna-Cole King, link (do yourself a favor and go stalk this remarkable human)
image: selfportrait with the help from my sister, at The Black Temple in Chiang Rai
ps: updating blogpost will soon follow

The careful foot can walk anywhere

10 thoughts:

Anonymous on: Friday, 27 July, 2012 said...

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{ Rebecca } on: Sunday, 29 July, 2012 said...

Wow, that is incredible.

{ Benlovesting } on: Monday, 30 July, 2012 said...

You have such a beautiful blog x.

{ Lamalwina. } on: Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 said...

very nice blog!

{ AVY } on: Thursday, 02 August, 2012 said...

This is very true, but also easier said than done.



{ Yana } on: Thursday, 09 August, 2012 said...

Read every word and saw every photo. So beautiful

{ Tori Ishikawa } on: Friday, 10 August, 2012 said...

I quite agree with most of what is written. I do not plan to go to university, or at least a normal one, I do not see the point, to waste all my money on something I do not plan to go after (except for photography but the debt I'd go into is something I do not want to have to deal with at 22). I want to travel the world, I do not need a vehicle (though, it would make photoshoots easier).

However, I am going to make a comment. Unless you're being paid while traveling, with minimum wage, it would be hard to travel. When saving up, and if you're not under your parents or someone who is willing to let them stay with you, rent free, you have to pay taxes, rent, food, clothes, etc. All those little deductions will bite into the minimum wage job. Making it harder to save. Other countries may be cheaper but plane flights are definitely not necessarily cheap (unless it's one way and/or depending on where you're flying to). But agreed, you do not need a high paying job (Unless you want all the "nice modern necessities").

Apart from that, I do agree. You can save by cutting back on a lot of things that are nice to have but necessary to keep. I do love this post, overall. :)

{ Linda Pochinda } on: Friday, 10 August, 2012 said...

Avy: unfortunetly everything is easier said than done

Tori: I understand what you mean, but noone daid it should be easy either. And the reason why i adore these words is that she really makes it clear that it is posdible to do so, but it all deoends on desire and lust. As far as I know she herself doedn't do highpaid jobs mostly babysitting, but still she's able to travel the world. Others such as johnny from the travelblog onestep4ward got jobs as a english teacher but know manages to live from travelblogging.. U believe everything comes with a price and that it is hard. I don't think i'll ever be able to leave everything anf do what they have done. But somehow for me i find it inportant to kbow that it's possible for everyone. Not a dpecial talented person who have stufies something special and was born with a special gift. This is posdible for orfinary people lije you and i. :-)

{ Linda Pochinda } on: Friday, 10 August, 2012 said...

Sorry for my last comment and millions of misspelling. I write from a mobile haha hope the point wasn't lost though :-)

{ Beau } on: Friday, 10 August, 2012 said...

the pictures are so beautiful <3 your blog is very good and cute


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