Recaps and Recommendations
This year didn’t exactly start out well for me. Exactly a year ago, I got one of the worst phone calls of my life. I had gone in for an annual checkup a week before and gotten a routine STD testing. A week later, Dec 30, 2011 was a Friday, I was still at work when the nurse called at 4:45pm to tell me that I had tested positive for Hep C. Two months later in Feb 2012, due to the overwhelming amount of stress I was under, I had a horrible panic attack that started in the late afternoon at work and lasted well into the late hours of the night after I had gotten home. Then a month after that, in March 2012, I was rear ended while going to work by someone who didn’t have insurance or a driver’s license. I had to go through almost 2 months of treatment with a chiropractor as a result of that car accident.
While all of the above was difficult to endure, it really forced me to reevaluate my life and start considering how I want to spend it if I really had a limited time to live. It made my desire to travel the world all the more appealing and sensible. The only thing I was really concerned with at the time was obtaining private insurance after I would no longer be on my employer’s plan and getting treatment for my Hep C diagnosis. Fortunately, after further intensive testing where they took 4 and then 8 vials of my blood, the results came back better than I could have ever hoped for. Both test results did not reveal any traces of the Hep C virus in my blood and the specialist my doctor referred me to deemed that in some rare cases such as this one, my body had fought off and cleared my system of the virus on its own. The only thing left remaining was the antibody, which was why I tested positive for Hep C in the first place. I was ecstatic!
So in mid April 2012, before I turned 33 years old, I resigned from my +5 years career to pursue my passion. It was the best birthday present I could have ever given myself. I left early June for a 2 months road/camping trip to visit 8 National Parks and attended a life changing World Domination Summit in July where I had met/made so many new amazing friends. And then on Oct 2012, I left for my first extended 6 months international trip to China, SE Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, which I am now more than 1/3 of the way in.
Now, it’s past Dec 21, 2012 and the world didn’t come to end. But if it did, I would have been happy with the decisions I’ve made and how I chose to live this year of my life. A lot of time, being still fairly young, I think that I have many more years left to live; while in reality, life can be very fleeting. I can get hit by a bus and die today or be diagnosed with some fatal disease and have 1 month left to live. What is even worse I think, would be to live but never feeling alive.
Making a life altering decision is never easy, even if it is for something I’ve always wanted. And while I don't think everyone should quit their job to travel the world, I believe everyone deserves to live the life they’ve always dreamed of, whatever it may be. So for those of you who need a little more inspiration as I did before and still do now, here are some (e)books and travelogues recommendations. Some have helped to inspire me to make the leap of faith myself to follow my dreams and others have helped to ensure me that I’ve made the right decision during hard times. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.
- The Art of Nonconformity and $100 Start up by Chris Guillebeau
- Exile Lifestyle and Iceland India Interstate by Colin Wright
- Ten Lessons from the Road and There are other Rivers by Alastair Humphreys
- Happier than Billionnaire by Nadine Hays Pisani
- Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming
- Wrecked by Jeff Goins
- Pretty Woman Spitting by Leanna Adams
- No Sense of Directions by Eric Raff
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