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.
I was reading a really interesting post on another blog that struck a few nerves with me. Made me feel all tingly, in a not so warm kind of way. So that made me want to do some writing. And here I am, writing about why my blog sucks.
It was a post on various methods needed to make a great blog, and how without engaging in these methods, your blog is likely to suck. I decided to write about my own blog in the same format.
Long, descriptive, valuable content that readers want to bookmark and share. I certainly don't have that, and I never really have. I'm still trying to work out what knowledge I have that others might find of value, and present it in ways that others might think is amazing and want to share it with everyone they know.
To be honest, I'm not good with epic posts. I always think that most people don't have a lot of time to read something 'epic', so I try to write short articles or posts that will fit into their available time for my material. If they like it, I hope they'll stick around a bit longer and read some other short pieces as well.