The past 2 days have been quite chilled for us. Apart from going to the weekend markets and seeing a movie today (American Sniper), all we’ve really done is do what we do best and that’s eat! Tonight’s the last night for us in our little hotel as tomorrow we will be in our first hostel, sharing rooms with strangers and sleeping on bunk beds. I really can’t wait to meet new people. That’s the part I’m looking forward to most!
As we’ve been chilling in our hotel room I’ve been getting my read on! Mainly on travel blogs and I am really enjoying it. It’s funny though because I hate reading. I like the thought of being a person that reads but I can never get into it. I’ve read ¾ of Richard Branson’s autobiography, halfway through Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography, ¼ of Mike Tysons’, and half of Jay Z’s autobiography. I just can’t finish books. My mind thinks about other stuff when I read, I hate it. But reading travel blogs is fun! Whilst reading these blogs they’ve also inspired me to write! Haha so that’s what I’m doing.
I was thinking that I’d write about where I’m at in my life (might get a bit deep).
Ever since I’ve been with Eb (4 years ago) we have always wanted to travel the world together, but due to her university studies and me taking forever to finish my Landscaping apprenticeship and of course, money, we haven’t been able to do so, until now. And I don’t think it’s been a secret to our family and friends either.
It’s funny though, because we are both quite similar in knowing what we don’t want in the future. Eb is one of the smartest girls I know, when it comes to book smart kind of stuff whereas I kind of pride myself on being street smart ha! So we gel pretty well when it comes to travelling. Eb majored in pharmacology, as part of her Bachelor of Science, and a Diploma in Education, and I learnt how to dig holes for a living haha – Cert 3 in Landscape and Horticulture. Eb did a stint at Kings’ boys private school then went on to become a medical rep and I just kept on digging holes. I wouldn’t say that I hated landscaping, there are certain aspects that I love but it’s not something I can see myself doing in the future. While Eb, sitting pretty comfortable on the food chain might I add, was in the same boat as me. So when we told people that we wanted to travel the world, it was so interesting to hear and see different reactions. People saying “that is so cool, you really need to travel while you’re young” to people saying “Cool, but what are you going to do when you come back, you’ll have no money and need to start all over again”. My outlook on life kind of changed when I fractured and dislocated my knee back in 2012.
I consider myself to be quite active. Before I dislocated my knee I would work 8 – 10 hour days, go to the gym, play touch footy, basketball, and rugby. I LOVE physical activities! 6 or 7 weeks later I was playing basketball again (such an idiot, I know) and my knee popped out again and from then onwards I fell into a deep black hole. Whilst being mopey and depressed and feeling sorry for myself Eb was always there for me. She actually got me to read the Richard Branson book (well ¾ of it) and seriously, that guy taught me something that I’ll never forget and that’s if you do what you love, as a job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. From then onwards after my knee got right, I finished my apprenticeship, quit landscaping to try pursue something else. I wanted to try to get into the fire brigade but my application didn’t even get a look at, since Fire Fighting in N.S.W is such a competitive job to get. I tried to get a job as a sales rep for this high end landscaping gig but that just didn’t work out. So I ended up labouring for this building company. To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed it. The people I worked with made it so enjoyable for me. But, then my old landscaping boss gave me a buzz, asking for me to work again and that he’d pay me more and because Eb and I were saving for our trip, I took the offer. Back in the same boat I was. Even though I enjoyed the company around me, I just couldn’t see myself being an older man, and LOVING what I was doing. Back to before, when people said to me that I’ll come back with no money and blah blah blah, I couldn’t care less! I mean, there’s no right or wrong – If you want to buy a house, get married, focus on work, study, or go travel, that’s cool. But you shouldn’t look down on someone because of the choice they have made.
In the most cliché way, I hope I find myself on this trip haha, I really do, because I’m a lost soul right now haha. Eb has always wanted to own a café/book/flower shop. And I have always wanted to be in a challenging physical job, or have something to do in the production of men’s fashion (no homo) (look up urban dictionary if you want to know what that is), even though I can’t dress myself haha.
I just wanted to share my thoughts as I was sitting on my hotel bed. So hopefully at the end of this, I too find something I love and enjoy, and I’ll never have to work another day in my life!
“For what it’s worth… It’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again”.
F. Scott Fitzgerald