I came across a really moving quote the other day that comes from the movie “Up In The Air.” It conveys some of what I have been thinking lately about creating the life you want and not waiting for someone to give it to you.
A character named Bob is fired from his day job and becomes very upset and stressed. He feels as if he has let his children down and that he has failed them. Instead of being sympathetic, the character played by George Clooney tells him he has indeed failed because he has allowed himself to suffer this long already. He then reads Bob’s résumé: he went to the French culinary institute to study cooking and worked in a fancy French restaurant:
At this point, Bob has nothing left to lose. Yes, the prospect of getting a new job or creating his dream job is scary, but not as scary as the day to day grind of losing his soul.
I think we have all experienced something similar to this situation in our lives, if we haven’t, we most likely will at some point. Day after day, we can get stuck in what we are doing and life can get away from us. We become complacent and lose our passion and drive to learn, grow, and explore.
I can think of no better way to reset, learn, grow, explore and follow our passions than to travel.
Whether it is a quick weekend trip or a 2-week escape to a foreign country, there has never (in your lifetime) been a better time to travel.
Reason #1: there never is a right time to finally book that trip and travel.
These days, there are a plethora of resources out there that will allow you to travel to Europe for less than $100 a day. Additionally, there are plenty of things you can do to make money while you are out there traveling.
Whatever your excuse is, you’ll find a different one tomorrow. Instead of finding excuses, make a list of all the reasons why you can and should go. Then start searching for solutions. Find something that moves you forward, then take the next step, then the next, then another.
There is no better education than that of getting out there and expanding your worldview. As your worldview increases, so do your opportunities.
You can make it happen. Stop making excuses. Stretch yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and go
The world is your oyster, it is up to you to go grab it!