This is probably one of the most hypocritical posts I’ve ever written. As I write this, I’m 39000ft in the air reluctantly on my way to Germany for work. My job requires me to travel frequently, much more than I’d like, and quite honestly, I’m over it. The thought of traveling the world suckered me into the job but as the novelty wore off, I found myself “stuck”; a position SO many people find themselves in but I never thought I’d be one of them. Always an entrepreneur at heart, I scoffed at the 9-5er’s and their weekly pay. But there’s something about the security of that meager pay cheque that makes you second guess yourself. “It’ll get better.”, “What am I going to do for money?”, “It’s not THAT bad.” are the things I keep telling myself. I know I can be successful and happy running my own company, I’ve done it before. It’s just that now that I’ve had a taste of the easy life, it’s hard to convert back to the uncertainty of entrepreneurship.
The secure feeling you get, knowing that cheque is coming every two weeks, no matter how hard you work , is one of the main reasons people stay committed to a job they don’t like. Many people live their lives in the shadow of retirement. People either get a job straight out of high school or university and continue to work their whole lives in order to retire at the ripe old age of 65. Only then do they think, ‘OK, now it’s my turn to relax’ only to realize they’re too old to enjoy most of what life had/has to offer and passed up the chance to experience it. The active socializing, an endless number of sports and activities, traveling, learning new languages (and actually getting to use them) …the list is endless. Does this seem backwards to anybody else? My grandmother is a great example of this, a few months before she died, I asked her if there was anything she’d always wanted to do. Her immediate answer, indicating that there are probably several other things if she’d thought about it for a while, ‘Go kayaking’. Something so simple and she never got the chance to do it.
I suppose my point is that life shouldn’t be like a piece of cake where we save that bite, full of delicious frosting, for last. If we do, it’s like we took a week to eat it and the frosting is rock hard by the time we get at it. Life should constantly be about having fun, experiencing new things and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones. Do what you can to enjoy it early on, take it as it comes; you never know what’s going to happen. Take a step back and look at your life right now, if you could do anything this very second, what would it be and what’s stopping you? Your job? Bullshit, you can get another one anytime. Fear of the economy? Suck it up, the economy will recover…if not, move to a country that has a better one. What other people think? They’re just going to be jealous.
Life is WAY too short to be doing something you don’t want to be doing. Forget needing money to retire, get a job at Walmart when you’re 65 and live off that. Take a deep breath, consider your options and get busy livin’! If I died tomorrow, I’d want people to say, “At least he died doing something he loved” not “Too bad that plane went down on his way to work”.