Getting lost

On most days the thought of getting lost is laced with anxiety and anger, we are a people who have a need for structure  and losing ourselves in the world definitely does not fit into that.

But sometimes getting lost is just what we need.

Whether it’s taking a wrong turn and discovering a beautiful spot in a city we have lived in our whole lives and never taken the time to fully explore, or travelling through a new country and just letting the flow take us wherever.

There is a certain magic to routine, it’s generally what helps us achieve big goals, but when we are stuck there is nothing more useful than smashing that routine to pieces and forcing ourselves into uncomfortable situations, a sort of mindfulness practice that pushes us to be in the moment and really allow our subconscious to work through issues without the constant nagging of our conscious mind.

So if you’re feeling unsure of what you need to do, go out and get a little lost, it’ll probably be the best decision you’ve ever made.

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!!