Am I Doing The Right Thing?

If I ever needed the final push to take off on this amazing RTW adventure I just got it.  I ran in to a couple of friends of mine, that  I hadn’t seen for a few months.  In no time at all I was telling them about my plans, eventhough I’ve been trying to keep quiet about it because of work issues.  They looked at each and then back at me and said this meeting must be an omen, because they were thinking about doing the same thing, giving it all up to travel. 

As we talked, I found myself trying to convince them to take the chance and go, with reasoning like, ‘when I’m on my deathbed I’m not going to be saying how happy I am that I worked all those years, but how happy I am that I took a trip around the world’.  I wasn’t just convincing them, I was also convincing myself a little more. 

 In the days that followed we began exchanging emails about itineraries, like my cycling trip through Vietnam I have planned. And it made it all seem so real again, it can be hard to hang onto that goal when you are going through it alone. I can’t get excited with anyone because I’m doing it on my own.  But now I can!  I’m not sure if our itineraries will allow us to cross paths, but our timing will be similiar so it will be great to follow their trek, while I embark on mine.

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2 Responses to “Am I Doing The Right Thing?”

  1. Susan G
    October 17 at 10:02 pm #

    Darren,
    I am so excited to hear about this incredible life journey you will be embarking on. I can identify with the stress of making a drastic life change seemingly on your own. You summed it up nicely:
    “when I’m on my deathbed I’m not going to be saying how happy I am that I worked all those years, but how happy I am that I took a trip around the world’. I wasn’t just convincing them, I was also convincing myself a little more.”
    You have always been an incredibly passionate person, and your decision is not only brave, but a huge inspiration.
    Maybe one day once I’ve finished up my time here in St. John’s and will be traveling again myself, our paths will cross again and we can exchange some stories.
    Enjoy living your life Darren.

    • Darren
      October 17 at 10:34 pm #

      Susan how nice to hear from you and such wonderful sentiments. Thank you for your support. I’m sure our paths will cross again.
      I will enjoy living mine… if you enjoy living yours!

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