Last night I went out for some drinks with old work colleagues. I hadn’t seen them since I’d ‘come out’ with my plans to travel around Australia, and they were intrigued as to what had made me up and leave. They’d always known me as a hard worker, always striving for the next level up in my career. For me to be leaving it so suddenly seemed quite unlike me, and they were concerned as to what I was going to do in the future.
I explained to them briefly what I’d come to realise over the past few years. London is a stressful environment, and where some people thrive on that kind of atmosphere, some can’t hack it. Being from the countryside, I never could quite sink my teeth into the London life, and ended up taking some time off of work towards the end of 2013. Since then I’ve had to view work differently, a little less passionately, and I’ve distanced myself from getting wound up with emails from clients. Everyone must realise at points in their lives that work pays the bills but shouldn’t be all you have time for. We all live this one life, and none of us know how long we’ve got. Although a grim realisation, we shouldn’t take it as such, but more embrace it. LIVE YOUR LIFE. It’s as simple as that.
I believe I’ve spent my entire life trying to be content but ever-reaching. I don’t think humans can truly feel completely content – otherwise what are they living for? My boyfriend is actually one of those people who says that he’s content with his life. Of course he’s still striving for the next step up on the career ladder, and he’s still saving up to move into a better place. So really, he’s not fully content. To me, to be truly content, you would need to feel like you’re comfortably living, you love and are loved back, and that you’re happy with the way you make money to survive.
I never used to think this way, and it’s only in the last year or so that I feel I’ve expanded my mind on work choices, which has opened up new horizons. Our fathers are from a generation who worked their shifts to make the money for their families. We now live in a world where you can learn as much as you want from birth with the power of the internet. Having grown up in the last generation before the internet, some careers weren’t open to me as I didn’t know about them until it was too late. In opening up my views to a new way of working, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to do the 9 to 5; or in most cases the 8 ‘til 8.
From dropping my current life I have in London, giving up my career I’ve been building for the last 8 years, I’ve begun learning about the new ways in which people are earning a living without a set timetable. Whether it be by creating your own online business, or writing blogs or reviews, there are so many new paths you can take, with no specified location. The most important thing is that you have enough Wi-Fi signal.
My research into a new way of living began with a scriptwriting course my boyfriend had bought me for Christmas. In January I attended the course once a week and I learnt that the tutor had found a way of making money by reading and reporting on people’s scripts. All he’d done to get this ‘job’ was read a book called ‘Reading for a living’ by T.L.Katahn, and got to know enough people in the industry to be given their scripts for review. After being told about this book I immediately went online and bought it from Amazon. Yes it’s quite old now, but you can certainly still learn from it.
From reading this book, I started to wonder what other jobs there would be out there that I could take on from any location whilst I was travelling around Oz. I looked into digital nomads and the types of jobs people are taking. Having no qualifications in programming or coding, my options are currently limited, but that doesn’t deter me!
There are free online courses in coding, and introductory courses into just about anything. The information is all there if you know how to find it. Over the next few months I intend to learn about different areas I could get into. I’ve bought ‘The 4 hour week’ and ‘The happiness of pursuit’, and will keep you updated on how I get on.