Pursuit of Passion and Purpose
Perhaps it is because up to 60% of my body is made of water that I feel a similar state to it. If you ever notice water in a lake, still and silent on top but dirty and murky underneath. That’s usually how I feel whenever I stay stagnant in one place, or at a job for too long. On the surface, I remain unaffected and quiet and go about my day as if nothing is wrong; however deep inside, I feel muddled, unclear about myself, and the life that I live. On the other hand, like moving water that is constantly clear, lively, and ever flowing, I feel so much more clarity, alive, and ever changing when I am on the go and traveling. This feeling is something I have forgotten or tried to suppress in order to go about my day, do my job, pay my bills, and go on with the life I am supposed to live. Until a three weeks trip to Europe in the fall of 2011 stirred things up again and revived my dormant wanderlust. Soon after I got back, I started planning my escape from cubicle nation. Five months later in April of 2012, I resigned from my Career Consultant position so that I can travel the world and pursue my passion in photography. I will be starting with the National Parks in the US first in the summer before heading overseas to Southeast Asia in the fall of 2012. Taking this creative sabbatical was a very difficult decision to make but at 33 years old, I've come to realize that I generally come to regret more the things I've wish I've done but never did then the things I did do, regardless of their outcomes and consequences.
For those of you that may be envious of what I am doing, I would like to let you know that I will be sleeping mostly in my tent and living out of my car for this first road/camping trip and pretty much homeless after that living out of a 32 inch duffel bag when i travel overseas. However, it is a sacrifice I am willing to make to pursue my passion and live life on my own terms. I have either had people tell me that what I am doing is inspiring or they look at me like I am crazy for quitting my job in this economy. I see it as just being honest with myself and what I really want out of life. To be lying to myself and pretending to do anything else otherwise would be crazy. And if you are thinking “Well, that’s great for you, but I could never do something like that even if I wanted to”, I urge you to read this blog post by Chris Guillebeau, a fellow world traveler who has been to 185 countries in the world and he is only 34 years old. If he can do it, so can I, and so can you!
And if travel is not your thing, have you given any thought to what you are passionate about? Are you truly honest with yourself about what you really want out of life? Are you living the life that you wish or secretly wishing to be living another life?
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by Hung Pham
Water is in us
We change as we rise and fall
God is in the rain
where you get the money to travel different places?
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