Love it or Leave it

I’ve had so much on my mind in the past few days and I’ve been home now for a month since being away for 6. And it’s been such an emotional roller coaster! Anyone who comes home after a decent amount of time away will understand the various emotions you go through- two predominantly. Conflicting though. One- an extreme excitement and uplifting feeling of coming back ‘home’, to a place of familiarity and contentment and security, being reunited with those you love and whom are dearest to you most. And the other- a resistance. Not wanting to go back to those routines and all those things you left for better because now you have changed and some things don’t fit like they used to.

I love being home and I’ve had such an amazing time being back so far. I can look back on a lot of things and appreciate them for what they were. But its definitely not easy trying to slip back into work and study and university routines. Going back into them feels like going back into the past and its not the best feeling when you feel like you’ve moved on yet you’re being held back.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people back here in Sydney and a lot of my close friends have been going through some difficult times in their lives- things that have thrown them completely off course. Some have had to pause some commitments and focus their energies on other things. But it’s made them realize what really matters in life and sometimes we need these moments to stop and look back on everything going on in our everyday lives.

It’s made me question why we do the things we do. I see so many people tie themselves down to jobs because its the “sensible” thing to do, or for the money. Yet they are so uninspired and unmotivated. I see people studying and studying for something they have very little passion for. And all I can see is them getting into the job and their attitude being exactly the same.

Why are we so afraid to not have goals? Why are we so afraid to venture off that sensible path and do something that really ignites our souls? Why do we jeopardize our passions and our real desires to live for something that seems like a safe idea?

A year and a half ago I wrote an article about entrepreneurship and it asked the question- are you really happy with the direction of your life right now? Whether it be relationships or a job? Love it or leave it.

As the common expression says; jump off that sinking ship. Take a chance in life. I don’t want to waste another day with another safe option. Frankly I’ve seen two different ways of living my life and there is nothing at all appealing to me with the safer option. So what if I do a job that isn’t exactly lined up with my degree or gives me the most money? If it makes me happy, isn’t that what matters at the end of your day?

I guess it comes down to how you measure your success. Success or happiness? For so long I thought they were in line, the same thing. But not always. I hope I can inspire you guys to just do you– do what makes you happy. Don’t take the safer option, don’t just do things because everyone else is doing it or it seems like the right most accepted option. This is your life and you only live once. Life is just too darn precious to waste another moment!

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(PS.. I’ve been reading the book Goal Free Living: How to have the life you want now by Stephen Shapiro. Very very inspirational and has changed my way of thinking on career and life decisions)

The Dreamers Society

Lately I have realized humanity’s lack of drive and ambition in life. All the time I hear friends and just the everyday people I come across wishing and wanting this dream of theirs.

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Whether it be a new job, to travel and see the world, to be happy without the drama attached with relationships, to have self confidence and feel like the prettiest girl in the world, to own this or that, to be him or her.. I think they are all wonderful dreams and just the sound of them gets me excited for these people!

But it always, ALWAYS follows with the depressing after speech- “but I can’t afford it” “there’s just no way” “maybe one day” Well maybe that one day might never come, or maybe its TODAY.

All the great things I have experienced and had in my life have come to me not because of LUCK, but because I went out there and despite the odds worked for them! That doesnt necessarily and literally mean work as in get a job to earn enough money ra ra ra because money isnt always the answer. It definitely helps but its only abot 10% of the answer. The other 90% comes from your motivation and drive.

I have friends who want to travel. GO TRAVEL. You can’t say money or commitments are an issue (yes sometimes there definitely are inevitable reasons you cannot and sometimes you must wait) but if you really want it, you will find a way! And soon! I was bored of an easy life so I did something about it. I studied hard, saved some money, worked a bit in between things, took some time to apply and hand in some papers and it was the best thing I ever did. Now I have been on the best 5 month journey of my life doing things I never thought I would, visiting tens of countries, and at the end of the day I’m just a 19 year old teenager who likes to have fun and do new things. Nothing that special right?

I had job commitments, family commitments, relationship commitments, I missed out on a lot of things back at my comfortable and lovely HOME but that’s life. Things come and go. Even though friends didn’t really think I would, some of my family didn’t really want me to, it was me who wanted it more then what anyone could say to try stop me.

And that goes for a lot of things. I just wish that everyone could see the potential in their life because Ive seen how great and marvelous of an adventure it can be and the only thing holding you back is YOU. #HarshTruth

Get out there and do what you always wanted to do! You’ll have the time of your life.