If you don’t make time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.
– Kevin Ngo
Seems simple, doesn’t it?
But simple isn’t always easy.
When I started this website, traveling was still just a far-off idea in the public’s eye. I was crazy for leaving. Insane for not taking a 9-5 right out of college. The question “When will you join the real world?” plagued every conversation with friends back home.
Fast forward to 2016 and every blog, Instagram and Facebook page will have you thinking that the only way to live an awesome life is to jump on the nearest plane. I, as odd as it is, believe that a well-lived life begins with where you are, not where you’re going.
A life well-lived is one filled with purposeful action.
This materializes as different scenarios for all of us. Instead of focusing on the big picture, the massive life changes, the end of your job, the next plane ticket, the move across country. Why not start small?
How often do you put off doing something because the timing isn’t quite right?
What if you just started now. Start before you’re ready. Stop waiting for external circumstances to align. You don’t need to quit your job and sell all your belongings to create the life you want. You can, of course, if that is what you wish. However, most of us can create smaller incremental changes to ultimately transform our lifestyle.
These changes do not need to be massive ones.
Wake up earlier.
Stop scrolling in your free time.
Move your body.
Challenge your mind.
Spend more time with loved ones and less time with screens.
All of this has nothing to do with quitting your job or buying a one-way ticket and everything to do with creating a day that doesn’t revolve around mindless activity.
Start to notice where you are, when you’re there.
So often our minds are elsewhere. Think about it. How many times have you woken up, immediately grabbed your phone and hopped on social media. You are inviting thousands of friends, acquaintances and strangers into your morning routine with you. Instantly your mind is transported to Sarah’s vacation in the Bahamas, Teddy’s ski house antics and your mom’s apple pie post on Facebook makes you nostalgic for the past.