As I get older, I start to love the following stories more and more.
From Location 180:
“In 2009 my life sucked. So I quit my job, moved to Thailand, built a business, and started living life the way I’d always wanted.”
I think that simple sentence, those 25 words pretty much sum up what we’re all after.
They sum up what I’m after. And they probably sum up what a lot of readers of Milk the Pigeon are after.
“My life sucks.. this is what I want to be doing on a daily basis instead.”
A lot of us spend so much time fantasizing about the “day in the life” that we never get started and realize that it’s pretty easy to get started doing something that will accumulate and eventually snowball in the future. (It will)
If you want financial freedom, start by establishing an online presence. Start a blog today and write your first post. It requires an afternoon and almost no money.
Congratulations, in one afternoon you are successfully on the path to becoming financially independent…
If you want to travel more, learn that it’s not as expensive as you thought, and in fact, you can travel the world and save money by doing it properly. (Hint: rent out your place for a couple months, and compare the money you would’ve spent on gas and eating out versus what you actually spent traveling).
Get on Kayak and plan your first flight. Congratulations, your next adventure has begun.
If you like your life and just want to stop working terrible jobs that are soul-crushing, set out to learn a new skill and build your connections around that new skill. (Read half way down “quitting the formal job market” ).
The reality is that it’s so easy to complain about the ideal world others are living in while neglecting to change your own.
If you promise yourself one thing this year — one new year’s bullshit resolution — make it this, that today you’ll write your story, and today you’ll start living it, even if it’s that baby step.
You’ll start that business, even if it’s just the business plan.
You’ll research your next travel trip, even if it’s just looking at flights.
You’ll plan for your dream job, even if it’s just fantasizing out loud on paper.
You’ll be living the dream, if it’s just that one itty-bitty baby step. It seems like nothing, I know. And you may not get anything back for what you give, for a long time. But every tree begins with a seed imperceptible to the human eye. And sometimes you have to measure your success by the seeds that you sow not by the harvest that you reap.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting old (Almost hit that quarter-life crisis ya know!), but I see the world more in black and white every day older I get.
You’re either doing what you want, or you aren’t.
So what baby step are you taking?
(No, seriously, tell me )
Image Courtesy of National Geographic