As you may have guessed from the title, I am no longer going to be doing Life Nomadic. I'm in the Dominican Republic now, and will leave as soon as I can find a decent ticket back to Austin. I might go to Haiti first, since I'm already over here, but I'm not sure yet.
There are a bunch of little reasons, but the biggest one is that I feel like it's time for me to settle down. Not completely, with a wife and kids and all that, but I'll at least be staying in one place for a few years. I miss having a house, a car, my own bed and furniture, and maybe most of all: a kitchen that I can keep stocked constantly.
People have been telling me for a while that I should develop some responsibility, and that's probably right. Doing whatever I want all the time is definitely fun, but at some point I have to ask where it will lead in the future. I love kids and know I'll have some eventually. If I keep traveling I may never be in a position to raise them properly.
I'm also considering getting a job. Not a full time one, but something fun and creative like video editing, programming, or design work. I obviously don't get along with the typical 9-5 arrangement, but working half days could be manageable and would provide some steady income. Office camaraderie is probably the best part of having a job, so it will have to be an real life job, not an online one.
So that's that. Part of me wants to keep traveling, of course, but I just met an 82 year old traveler in Panama the other day, and he made me realize that there's no need to cram it all in now.
This is all a pretty drastic change, but if there's one thing I can count on in my life, it's drastic changes.
You had me going for a minute there ole feather! Then I saw the part about settling down which didn't seem to fit with your style. When I read the part about a job I knew something was flying crooked.
Was worried until "People have been telling me for a while that I should develop some responsibility, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably right."
Wow...I was actually deeply saddened by this joke. For about 5 minutes I felt like the universe had gone horribly wrong.
Well played, Ty.
Say it ain't so!
The office sucks!!!!!!!!! The only thing an office is good for is shelter. You can find shelter almost anywhere so don't take an office job unless you start your own company and need a place for equipment and employees.
oh! where are you in the dr? it's a beautiful place. TELL me you're going up in the mountains, not just staying at the beach or in Santo Domingo or something. I spent about three summers there... if you have any questions or need a recommendation, just ask.
Hahaha, I was sold until you got to the part about getting a job. I could never believe that. Great post 8-)
In the post, Sebastian is sitting by a train station, watching normal people go by, happily executing their normal lives. "I don't get to have this," he says. That's how I've always felt, too.
There are a great many benefits associated with living an unusual life. Those are fun to talk about because they can be inspiring, amusing, and provide readers with a sort of voyeuristic pleasure. Talking about the hidden downsides isn't much fun, but probably warrants some discussion, at least for the sake of being comprehensive.
You can't control definitively whether you'll succeed or fail, but you do get to set the parameters. The way I live my life, I will either be an big success or a huge failure. There are a variety of potential paths ahead of me, and zero of them lead to comfortable success or minor failure. None of them lead to numb mediocrity.
How do you adjust these parameters? You set goals and accept risks. If you set goals low and don't accept many risks, you have no chance of huge success or huge failure. You'll end up somewhere in the middle. Maybe you'll end up a bit better off than you expected, or a bit down on your luck, but you'll be somewhere in the range of "fine". On the other hand, you can set extremely high goals, leave yourself no reasonable plan B, and take massive risks to get those goals. It's the only way you'll even reach them, but you may fall short and crash.
In my case, I've put all of my eggs in the SETT basket. I hope it becomes a huge success that makes me a lot of money, gives me some power to improve conversation on the internet, and all that. At this point I've invested two years of my life into it, with no plans of changing that allocation going forward. I've passed up many smaller opportunities that could have made me money. I do have some money saved up, but it's hard to count it as a backup plan when I know with certainty that if SETT failed I'd use it to start another company and go all in.
I work as smart as I can, I live frugally, and I plan for contingencies-- I'm not reckless, but when a calculated risk presents itself, I'm all over it.