In my last blog post I wrote about having lost my ‘why’ – especially when it comes to my job. Why do I spend 40+ hours every week inside an office when I don’t actually need that much money and don’t care that much about titles or achievements?
I ended that last blog post with:
“What do you do if you believe knowing your why is the key to happiness but you can’t remember yours anymore? You change something!”
And since I don’t do anything half way, I decided to make a big change. A massive one.
The new plan: move into my campervan, cruise around New Zealand, surf, kitesurf watch sunrises and sunsets and write!!!! Or in other words, become a full-time gypsy :)
Obviously, I didn’t just come up with this idea in the last week. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. For several months (maybe even years) I’ve really been craving one thing: Time. Time to read more, time to write more, time to just think and day-dream, time to surf, time to kitesurf, time to… just do nothing! Time to just be me, be with my thoughts and ideas and see what happens.
I want to wake up in the morning and just do whatever I feel like doing on that day – not just occasionally on a Sunday but every day, for weeks or even months. I want to know what happens when you really have time to do the things you want to do.
That to me is pure luxury! I don’t need fancy clothes, a big house or a modern car. I don’t need 5 Star holidays to exotic locations. I want time.
A few months ago, a colleague asked at the lunch table what I would do if I would win the lottery. I didn’t have an answer right away. After thinking about it for a few minutes I realised I wouldn’t really change much, I would just work less so I have more time.
The thing I didn’t realise until more recently is that I don’t need to win the lottery to do so. A bit of basic math and budgeting showed pretty quickly I could live comfortably on way less income – especially if I live in my campervan. So why wait? Why dream about winning the lottery when I can just make it happen right now?
So, I decided that I will make it happen. I will design my life in a way that gives me the one thing I crave most: TIME.
I cannot tell you how good and right this decision feels. I’m nervous about it and it’s a bit scary but I know in my heart that I’m absolutely doing the right thing for me at this point in my life. It’s an amazing feeling. I’m so excited and energised. I feel like I have this positive aura and it’s like other things are just starting to fall into place because I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing.
So, what’s the plan you ask?
Well, I’m planning to pack up at the end of November, move into my van and hit the road. And that’s about where the plan ends. From there on I just want to be free for a while, take things day by day and see what happens.
I started this blog because I wanted to explore and write about what life has to offer when you don’t want to follow the traditional path around family and work – But I didn’t know how I would do that. I was reading, thinking and writing about it but it didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. I knew I wanted a different kind of life but I couldn’t see how. Until now. Now I know the next few months will be an incredible journey and opportunity to learn about live and myself, meet other people and really truly explore a Life Done Differently.
I can’t wait for this new adventure to start!
I have so much more to share about all this so there will be more blog pots about the why, how, when, where, etc. but for now I just wanted to share the big plan :)
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