In every journey, there are many changes. I’ve experienced plenty of these in my past but none that compare to my current transition to a life of travel.
In previous moments of change I still lived off deadlines and to-do lists. Whether it be professional or personal, there was always something to accomplish that lingered just on the outskirts of available time in the day. My mind was consistently focused on achieving the goal and all of my time was dedicated to that end.
But now, for what feels like the first time, nothing needs to get done.
In the closing of my last post, Genesis of a Dream, I mentioned all necessary steps to make the trip happen were complete and I was trying to acclimate to my new life: one in which the only decisions to make are where do I want to go and what do I want to do there?
I didn’t think no responsibility would be this hard!
I’ll be honest, sitting still and not being productive does not come naturally for me. Maybe it’s habit, genetics or the world I’m accustomed to. Probably a mixture of all three but regardless, it’s not easy.
I find myself anxiously trying to “make use” of each hour before takeoff but I know this attitude is contrary to the life I look to build over the next year plus.
One of my many objectives on the global stroll is to redefine my relationship with time. What I mean by this is exactly what I’ve been describing in the previous paragraphs. I hope to change my definition of a good day from what I was able to “cross off the list” to what new experience I had or how I was able to help.
I’m quickly understanding this change will not happen overnight and will take…time. I’m also under no illusion that a simple change of scenery will be all that’s needed for this shift in mindset. That is a main reason why I’m reflecting on this battle for change before even leaving the comfort of my home.
So, 11 days away from the start of my journey and the struggle is real. I try each and every day to take more time to reflect and enjoy the fact that, for the foreseeable future, my alarm clock is set to off.
I’d like to end this thought with a quote from Tim Ferriss that you may recognize from my Instagram:
“Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of mental laziness.”
The countdown to takeoff continues! In my next post I’ll introduce you to my carry-on closet and the process of downsizing from an apartment to a 40 liter backpack. Stay tuned…