It’s adventure time!!

Sometimes things just happen organically, the time is  right for a big shift in your life. A week ago  after a heated argument with my boss  I decided that it was time for me to leave my job.

I admit that for a moment I felt a bit lost as I had been working for the company for 4 years and was running the store, but after awhile I realized that I had been in a mini depression for the last 7 years, ever since I had gone backpacking in South-East Asia for 4 months when I was 24, and always planned to leave and travel again but had not.

The moment I walked out the door at work everything fell into place.

I called my landlord to inform them I would be looking for someone to take over my lease for the next year, they were sad to hear I was leaving but found someone to take my apartment within 3 hours.

I decided to sell all my gym equipment and put photos online and have pretty much sold everything already.

I found a cheaper alternative for storing the few things I own in a garage.

People always say that big changes are difficult, but really as soon as you focus your effort on something it generally tends to just open up before you easily.

1 week and already I am all prepped to leave.

Itinerary: My initial plans are to drive from Quebec up to British Colombia, I have always wanted to see Canada as a whole and experience it as it is the second largest country in the world. I will be sleeping in my car to save money as much as possible, I will even be packing as much cooked food as possible and cooking it on a portable gas stove.

I may pit stop in the United States a bit on my drive back but I am not too sure about that. Once I get home I will be putting my car up for sale as I plan to be gone for quite a long time.

After that it will be Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia(where I am planning to stay and work to save up money again) and then possibly hop over to South America where I am hoping to go work on an organic farm to reduce costs.

These are of course just ideas, so much can happen when travelling for long periods of time, but I am much better prepared then I was 7 years ago.

I have quite a bit saved up, a much better idea of how to save money and plan on being as frugal as possible to extend my trip.

I also will be using this opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do, which is practice my writing and make more videos.

It’s been a dream of mine to live through writing, but the 9-5 has been draining my energy for years, just keeping me in this low level depression. I hope to ignite that spark again with this trip and really see what I am capable of without the distraction of running a store.

We shall see what the future brings, but I definitely plan to bring my A-game.

It’s adventure time!!

Take a walk

There are a multitude of stressors in our modern society.

Work, friends, family, traffic, there never seems to be an end to the swarm of little irritations that can pile up on you daily.

Many people escape this chronic stress by distracting themselves with social media, tv shows, alcohol, drugs, and fawning over their dogs.

I would argue that a much better way to relieve that stress is taking a simple walk, preferably in nature. Our brains have developed to expect the calm of a forest or plain, it wants us to walk in silence and just be in the moment, to revel in the solitude of our minds.

It’s when we take some time without constant inputs of information and just let the mind empty that our subconscious can really work out problems and grow. This is how creativity blossoms, not during a never ending stream of instagram videos and netflix binges.

I think the world would be a little bit better to live in if we all just took some more walks.

Try it, you just might like it.

David Whyte- Thoughts on love

We name mostly in order to control but what is worth loving does not want to be held within the bounds of too narrow a calling.

In many ways love has already named us before we can even begin to speak back to it, before we can utter the right words or understand what has happened to us or is continuing to happen to us: an invitation to the most difficult art of all, to love without naming at all.

-David Whyte consolations

 

Open mind and the values we strive for

Keeping an open mind is imperative, as we understand that many perspectives hold value, sometimes carrying a piece of a grander picture we have yet to uncover.

While allowing for an open mind, we must still be firm and unyielding on matters of import, especially when we have reasoned through the subject matter.

Humans as a whole must choose a code to live by.

A set of ideals to strive towards, understanding that none of us are perfect, and that we will stumble and fall in our attempts to reach the lofty heights of our idealism, but we must not allow our failures to hinder us from continuing on the path, otherwise we will spend our lives adrift in a storm ridden sea, unable to find the light in the darkness guiding us to shore.