When I hear people calling my decision to quit my corporate job for a life of travel – ‘brave” or “inspiring”, it surprises me. In the beginning, I thought people were just being sweet to me. But more and more people kept saying that, and I hear it from a new person every other day.
But to me, personally, it seemed the most natural thing to do, and not courgeous. If I wanted to travel and make a life out of it, I’d have to quit the corporate right? When you love something, you go for it , right? What is love if it doesn’t make you push your normal limits.
Why are we so afraid of failing? Why are we so afraid of falling? I understand we are scared of uncertainty, of not knowing what might happen. We dont want to rock the stability that has been fed to us forever. And the truth is if you take the leap and try something of your own, you will mostly not succeed in the first go. If you start riding a cycle, you will fall a few times. When you play a new sport, you will suck at it first. When you jump into a pool for the first time, you won’t immediately know how to swim. And that, my friend, is normal.
But know this. If you keep trying, in a few days you will not fall from the cycle. You will get better at the sport, you will learn how to float and how to swim. And that is the rule of the world.
When I quit, I had given myself a one year period to figure out what I wanted to do. I started freelance writing at first. It sucked cos I hated pitching, the money was less and came inconsistently. Then I tried something else. It took me eleven months to even think of an idea like being a trip leader. Your first idea never works, your second idea too you will change. It comes eventually. You must go on adventures, to know where you belong.
And maybe you will still fail at the end of it. But at least you will know you tried. How can it be okay to want something, but never try, and keep wondering “what if?”
You can live your life drawing lines and limits. Or you can spend life crossing them. In Seth Godin’s words, How dare you settle for something less when you could possibly be remarkable.
Leave the railings, take the leap. And maybe you will fly.